| Farming is a time consuming
job, but sometimes you may need to catch up with new technologies,
or simply acquire new skills to run your business more efficiently
||You have buildings, barns
or sheds that you no longer use and that will simply deteriorate
if you continue to do nothing with them. Here are some of the
organisations that can help transform the old dairy into a holiday
||We are all well aware of
them, but we may not know where they are based or their contact
details. If we want to speak to the Planning or Economic Development
Department, where do we go?
||Perhaps the largest group
of organisations is that which advises and provides support
with environmental projects. Sustainability and concern for
the eco system is closely associated with farming and as such
projects that promote these principles are often the next logical
step for a farmer.
|The tourism industry is
expanding in the UK and farmers are in many ways in a good position
to benefit from this. Whether through passing trade at farm
shops, increased trade at farmers markets, full occupancy in
their holiday cottages or high demand for their new recreational
facilities, farmers can make the most of the increasingly important
tourist industry in Norfolk.
||There are often other uses
for crops besides their use in food or fodder. Miscanthus, coppice,
vegetable oils or straw are often used as alternative energy
sources. Wind energy and solar power are also potential areas
farmers may wish to expand into.
||Although farmers obviously
already have business experience, there may be aspects of business
outside of farming or in food or other rural activities they
are less sure of. There are a number of organisations that can
assist with understanding a new market, developing new skills
or marketing a value added product.
||Surviving in the farming
industry today can be a challenge. The networks of organisations
and agencies that work within the sector can be a crucial source
of support. Whether looking for similar groups of producers,
potential trading contacts, advice or an understanding or sympathetic
ear, this section could help direct you.