Two of the UK’s leading independent farm advice agencies are to pool their expertise.
Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) – which includes SAC Consulting – and ADAS, which has 400 staff delivering in 60 specialist fields across England and Wales, have announced a partnership which they say will offer farmers across the UK an improved rural knowledge resource and lead to more collaborative research.
The joint venture will operate across sectors including agriculture and climate change; soil health; ecological modelling and genomics; animal welfare and sustainable food supply.
One of the priorities is to launch a new digital platform to provide a shop window for the knowledge, expertise, tools and services in the spring of this year.
Specialist consultancy and diagnostic services will be included in the collaboration, as well as education and training courses.
Jackie Evans, the managing director of ADAS Agriculture and Land Management, said the venture would combine and enhance the strengths of both organisations, for the benefit of rural businesses.
“Both offer end-to-end services, with a wide array of industry-relevant skills and expertise, so this will be a comprehensive offering,” she said.
“We are excited to see where the venture takes us and welcome relevant inquiries from the rural and agricultural sectors.”
ADAS was established 75 years ago and has a history of delivering on national and international projects in a wide array of industries and public sector services while SRUC has been at the heart of Scotland’s rural economy for more than a century.