A few useful links to point you in the right direction

  • DSCN1530.JPGAHDB - Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Helping improve the efficiency and competitiveness of various agriculture and horticulture sectors within the UK.

  • BBSRC - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Its mission is to advance knowledge and technology (including the promotion and support of the exploitation of research outcomes), and provide trained scientists and engineers, which meet the needs of users and beneficiaries (including the agriculture, bioprocessing, chemical, food, healthcare, pharmaceutical and other biotechnological related industries), thereby contributing to the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom and the quality of life The strategic priorities for BBSRC can be found by following the link below

  • Bright Crop With the population growing, more mouths to feed and less space to grow our food, the farming and food industry needs talented individuals with the ideas and the know-how to keep the UK up to speed. In fact, it's been calculated that 60,000 new jobs are needed in farming and food supply by 2020. When we learnt the industry had estimated that 60,000 new people are needed to work in farming and food supply by 2020, we gulped, and got in touch with companies and organisations that rely on fresh young talent. Food manufacturers, machinery engineers, traders, land management companies, scientific researchers, trade bodies and consultants came together from across the industry, and came up with Bright Crop.

  • Small Charities Coalition The Small Charities Coalition works by (i) increasing trustees’ access to information, guidance and support through networks, a website, signposting and services; and (ii) developing understanding and awareness of trusteeship and governance

  • 3412.jpgDefra - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs The UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs. Defra funds research to inform its policies and the current priorities are:
    1. support and develop British farming and encourage sustainable food production;
    2. help to enhance the environment and biodiversity to improve quality of life;
    3. support a strong and sustainable green economy.

      Details about Defra's approach to its science can found here

  • Directory of Social Change Information and training for the voluntary sector.

  • cow-&-calves175.jpgLandex - Land Based Colleges 'Aspiring to Excellence' Landex is a ‘not for profit’ subscriber organisation with 36 member Colleges and Universities in England and 6 Associate Members in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For further information Click here or go to their website

  • NFU Mutual NFU Mutual's origins go back to 1910. It began insuring individuals and business outside of the farming industry in the 1980s with a product range which now extends to investments, pensions, life assurance and risk management.

  • Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator A public website providing full information about Scottish based charities.

  • Open fields The Online Library for Food, Farming, the Environment, Energy and Rural Business.

  • RASE - Royal Agricultural Society of England Promoting the development of British agriculture and the rural economy through the uptake of good science, the promotion of best practice and a co-ordinated, impartial approach to wide-ranging rural issues, including support for business and social welfare in rural communities, education, shows and events.