741: County farms

This paper is summarised from ‘The importance of the county farms service to the rural economy’ by Sir Don Curry, Chair of the Sustainable Farming and Food Delivery Group in collaboration with the Tenant Farmers Association, the Country Land and Business Association, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the National Farmers’ Union

Year of Publication2008

Farms owned and managed by Local Authorities are an important, strategic, national asset that should be retained. Better collaboration in the management of Local Authority Estates is needed. Regional Economic Strategies should recognise the importance of the County Farm structure as a crucial entry point for new entrants to agriculture. Local Authorities should take a longer term view of their estates so that policy decisions maximise revenue from development without undermining their principal objectives. They should also make greater effort to develop wider benefits including renewable energy, local food, public access, education, employment and the broader rural economy.

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