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Unique partnership supporting environmentally sustainable farming celebrates 10-year milestone

26 February 2019

The CFE is being relaunched as ‘Championing the Farmed Environment’ to mark the development of the partnership since its inception a decade ago.

Under its new title, CFE will continue to support farmers to deliver environmental benefits as part of a productive farming business. To celebrate the relaunch, AIC, NFU and Country Land and Business Association (CLA) are hosting a showcase event in London bringing together representatives of the many CFE stakeholder organisations.

The initiative will be supporting events around the country, delivered by the CFE’s established network of regional coordinators, to talk to farmers and industry partners about the future direction and encouraging others to get involved.

A new CFE website is based around the central campaign themes of soils, water, air and wildlife. It will set out actions which farmers can take to ensure their farms produce environmental benefits within sustainable businesses.

AIC policy manager Dave Freeman said: “Alongside producing safe, traceable and affordable food, the focus has increased on the environmental goods which farming delivers for the landscape, wildlife and the public. The name change is a great opportunity to celebrate the work of farmers and advisers who are already engaged with CFE, and to get more people involved.”

As founding partners of CFE, AIC, CLA, GWCT, and NFU have always represented key players within the agricultural community and identified strongly with the central principles of sustainable farming practice delivering for both the environment and farm businesses. CFE is also supported and advised by Defra as well as organisations with specialisms in these areas, including LEAF, AHDB, Catchment Sensitive Farming, and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

The Government’s 25-year Environment Plan calls on the farming community to balance the production of safe, traceable and high-quality British food with the protection and enhancement of the British countryside. This includes protecting the essential public goods it manages for the nation; clean air and water, healthy soils and a flourishing natural environment. With more focus on environmental public goods in everyday farming practices, the work of the CFE is more important and more relevant than ever.


Notes to editor:

1. The new CFE website has now been launched.
2. CFE is a partnership which supports farmers to deliver environmental benefits within a productive farm business.
3. CFE works closely with The Voluntary Initiative, Tried & Tested, The Greenhouse Gas Action Plan, and is supported by AHDB, AIC, AICC, BASIS, British Grassland Society,The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Catchment Based Approach, Catchment Sensitive Farming, CAAV, CLA, Environment Agency. FWAG, GWCT, Hedgelink, LEAF, Natural England, NFU,TFA, Water UK and The Woodland Trust