Income and diversification appeal to northern UK farmers

Income and diversification appeal to northern UK farmers

160729 IggesundWhen Iggesund Paperboard’s Workington Mill in Cumbria, UK, decided to invest in a bio mass boiler it started to plan for the future needs of fuel. One project, Grow Your Income, was to engage and interest local farmers to start growing willow to be delivered as biomass to the mill. The programme has been well received and is growing. Benefits for local farmers in Cumbria and the borders include a secure, long-term regular income, increased farm biodiversity and land protection eg soil erosion and management of environmental pollution such as excess run-off. SRC willow crop can give bees a good source of pollen early in the season and help farmers realise diversification as well as enabling sustainable supply of food when world market affects food income.  
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