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Farmer Scientist Network

The Advisory Group brings senior and successful scientists and farmers together to form a new Farmer-Scientist Network.

This platform of activity advises the Society and through the Society, advises policy makers in the UK and beyond on issues such as farming practises, food security, sustainable productivity and the ways in which new science and technology can solve problems and underpin innovation in agriculture.

The Advisory Group consists of professorial scientists with a track record of academic excellence and commitment to strategic research in subject areas related to agriculture and land-use; senior representatives from relevant governmental organisations; and farmers, spanning small and large successful businesses in the region, with entrepreneurial skills recognised by national awards and strong personal commitments to the future success of British agriculture.


We are currently running two projects through the European Innovation Partnership to support new ways of farming for the future.

Crop Health North brings together scientific and practical expertise to carry out trials looking at different approaches to crop protection by comparing the effectiveness of synthetic and “biologic” products on different wheat varieties’ disease resistance, yield and quality. The trials are taking place at three sites across the North of England. The biological crop protection products are micro-organisms used to coat seeds before sowing or sprayed onto the plant. For more information, visit:

Hill Sheep Health North will support Hill Sheep Farmers in Yorkshire and Cumbria to use a new branch of Epidemiology. The project will include livestock keepers in the analysis of animal diseases and the design, implementation and the evaluation of disease control programmes. This technique of ‘Participatory Epidemiology’ has been successfully used in developing countries including the Pan African Rinderpest Campaign which used pastoralists’ knowledge of rinderpest to locate disease outbreaks in remote areas. Essentially, if you are a farmer against parasites. To find out more, please contact: or visit

Visit our dedicated page about the implications of Brexit & Agriculture.

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