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One-stop-shop advice for farms.

THE Government is launching a simplified advice service for farmers in the New Year.

The Defra Farming Advice Service (FAS) will offer a one-stop-shop to farmers needing advice on subjects including cross compliance, nutrient management, competitiveness, and climate change adaption and mitigation.

It replaces the previous cross compliance advice programme and will cover a wider range of issues.

Agriculture minister Jim Paice said: "Good advice is essential to any business and this new advisory service will make sure farmers can get the most out of their farms.

"The current array of advice from numerous organisations is bewildering and this more integrated service will make access to help both faster and less complicated."

The Government is working with the NFU and CLA to set up the new service which launches on January 3. The helpline number for technical questions and advice is 08453 451 302. The new website address will be www.defra.gov.uk/farming-advice.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 21, 2011
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