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Agriculture & Horticulture

Greater Lincolnshire and Rutland’s agricultural and horticultural sectors are remarkably diverse and cover everything from arable farming, to mixed farming and specialist pig, poultry, duck and cattle production. Our county is also known for its intensive fruit and vegetable production, which encompasses the glasshouse and vertical farming sector, ornamental horticulture and floriculture, nursery and forestry nursery stock and fruit and vegetable packing, as well as food processing, food sector supply and food service. Our county’s food sector employs around 100,000 people, including food retail, and is the largest agricultural sector in the UK. Alone, it accounts for 25% of the vegetable production, 19% of sugar beet production, 18% of duck production and 11% of cereal production. It also accounts for £3.4 billion in turnover, thanks to the service provision which accompanies this sector. There are seed companies, equipment suppliers and repair businesses, along with packaging, labelling haulage, waste handling, labour providers and a host of other businesses involved. Greater Lincolnshire and Rutland also host key innovation centres such as the University of Lincoln, Barclays Eagle Lab Farm at Riseholme, and the South and Central Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zones.

Government Agencies, Policies and Standards

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Food and Farming Events

See the latest Food and Farming events taking place around the country

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How We Can Help

From automation to sustainability, our Agricultural and Horticultural Adviser is here to guide your business to greatness.

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UK Food Valley & Agri Tech Launchpad

The Greater Lincolnshire area has an international reputation for food, fish and farming and has one of the largest concentrations of food manufacturing, research, storage and distribution areas in Europe.

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UOL Lincoln Institute for Agri Food Technology (LIAT)

The Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) based at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Campus, is home to a working farm with specialist research facilities.

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Eagle LAB Farm at University of Lincoln

Barclays Eagle Labs has partnered with the University of Lincoln to open an AgriTech hub focusing on the future of farming.

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UOL National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM)

The NCFM is a satellite campus of the University of Lincoln, situated in Holbeach in South Lincolnshire and is dedicated to helping the sector innovate.

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    Paul Ward

    Agricultural and Horticultural Adviser


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