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RuSource Briefings is a free rural information service for anyone working in the countryside or with rural people, and those supporting rural life. The briefings are produced by the editor, Alan Spedding, whose goal is to, "Cut important issues down to essentials and tell it straight", saving subscribers to the weekly e-news bulletin hours of time searching the internet for up-to-date, accurate & unbiased information. Alan also provides less frequent 'Easy Guides' to key areas of agriculture & land-based activity for the educated 'outsider'.


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This week's briefings (24th July 2014)

2013 Evaluation of the Big Lottery Local Food Programme (CCRI)

2014 Research and judgements about risk (David Ropiek, Big Think website)

2015 Perennial grains and food forests (Food Tank website)


16th July 2014

2009 A digital knowledge transport platform for agriculture (Sean Cummins, Ireland Nuffield Farming Trust)

2010 Precision fertilising technology (Farming Futures)

2011 Soil micro-organisms could help farming cut greenhouse gases (SRUC)

2012 Big data maps the relationship between human and animal diseases (Biosciences KTN)

Bob Baker's thoughts from a northern mart, July 2014


9th July 2014

2006 The value of shooting (BASC)

2007 Ecosystems approach case study (Ecosystems Knowledge Net)

2008 Share farming? (CLA and TFA)


Search a regularly updated catalogue of all past and current briefings on the OpenFields website here.