Monday, 20th November 2017
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FARM ORGANISATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS

The agricultural industry is going through constant development and change, mainly due the concerns over the environment and the global food economy.

Agricultural businesses are subject to frequent structural and regulatory changes, and so there are many organisations and institutions in place that either:

  • Regulate – managing and inspecting current farm practices and technologies, whether to protect the environment or increase production, or;
  • Research – developing new technologies and practices, and discovering changing environmental and consumer forces

Regulatory farming organisations

Public sector organisations and governmental departments working on behalf of the agricultural industry employ experienced and highly-skilled people to inspect agricultural companies.

Regulations are in place for a number of reasons, including animal welfare, food safety and environment protection.

Organisations such as the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Food Standards Agency and Lantra Sector Skills Council are there to ensure the correct legal requirements are met, whether in livestock, crop agriculture, aquaculture or game and wildlife industries.

Research institutions

In agriculture, it is important that there is continuous and efficient research into farming methods and technology.

Agricultural research institutions can specialise in any area of the industry, from animal welfare and sustainable farming to farm technology and environmental awareness.

Research institutions will employ experienced agricultural workers, scientists and technicians to develop new technologies, products or practices.

Research is crucial in the development and sustainability of the UK’s agricultural industry, keeping up with the many factors of change which means it is a growing job sector within the UK.