Partnership to offer national UK agricultural knowledge service

Posted: 6 January 2020 | | No comments yet

Running alongside their existing independent services, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and ADAS will allegedly pool their impact orientated research to offer a national agricultural and rural knowledge service for farmers, growers and all agricultural businesses.

Partnership to offer national UK agricultural knowledge service

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Agri-business across the UK will reportedly enjoy greater access to the latest independent advice backed by research and innovation, through a new partnership between Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and ADAS, the independent agricultural and environmental consultancy.

Through the joint venture, new and existing partners will be able to use research at ADAS and SRUC – which includes SAC Consulting, their specialist consultancy and diagnostic services, as well as education and training courses. The partnership will also reportedly be the vehicle for more collaborative research.

The joint venture will operate in fields such as agriculture and climate change, soil health, synthesis of evidence to support policy development, data, ecological modelling and genomics, sustainable diets and food production systems, animal welfare and sustainable food supply.

Among the new partnership’s priorities will be the launch a new digital platform that will provide a shop window to an independent source of knowledge, expertise, tools and services for the rural and food sectors. This new project will be announced in the springtime of 2020.

“The combined expertise of both ADAS and SRUC creates an extraordinary wealth of knowledge that will be of vital importance to the future of our food and farming industry. We are excited about the opportunity that this new and dynamic partnership will bring to support future farming and food systems,” said Colin MacEwan, Director of Commercialisation and Innovation.

“The venture will combine and enhance the strengths of both organisations, for the benefit of rural businesses. Both offer end-to-end services, with a wide array of industry-relevant skills and expertise, so this will be a comprehensive offering. We are excited to see where the venture takes us and welcome relevant enquiries from the rural and agricultural sectors,” added Jackie Evans, ADAS Agriculture and Land Management Managing Director.