What are the benefits of sustainable farming certification? What added value does it deliver to farmers?

You can find out by registering for a free research webinar to be presented by CCRI’s Matt Reed,  in which he will look at the added value of certification for farmers in addition to delivering more sustainable farming.

The webinar will take place on Thursday 19th October at 2pm (UK time) and will be based on the findings from a research project that revealed that LEAF Marque certification can offer significant financial, environmental and social benefits for farm businesses who are members of the system.

The LEAF Marque is an environmental assurance system recognising more sustainably farmed products. The study that Matt was involved in showed that for many businesses the value of participating in the LEAF Marque assurance system reached beyond their initial motivations for joining, which were predominantly financial, and helped them develop their businesses in ways they had not previously considered.

In the webinar, Matt will consider how the LEAF Marque can influence business benefits, such as savings and access to markets, improvements in the farmed environment and control of risks to the farm’s operation. He will also look at how certification had impacted on management information, peer networking, contact with customers and other business people. The webinar will present findings from recent research that the CCRI conducted on behalf of LEAF, the findings of which were presented to Defra Minister, George Eustice MP by the organisation at the ‘Cereals 2017’ event.

LEAF present CCRI report to George Eustice MP (Courtesy of LEAF)

The webinar is free, but in order to join in you need to register online after which you will receive information to help you check your system requirements to avoid any connection issues, together with a link to connect you to the webinar on the 19th October.

The webinar is part of a series hosted by ISEAL, which is dedicated to sharing emerging research findings in the field of sustainability standards’ impacts.

Webinar Information:
Researcher: Matt Reed (Countryside and Community Research Institute)
Discussant: LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)
Date and time: Thursday 19th October 2017, 2pm UK time

Register to attend the webinar here

*Featured image courtesy of LEAF

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