CRM Agri

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Independent Grain Marketing

CRM Agri provide buyers and sellers of grains across the UK, Europe and the Black Sea with independent advice in order to minimise the negative impacts of volatility, whilst delivering consistently strong financial performance in an increasingly volatile market.

How it works

Farmers and end users can subscribe to a number of packages providing everything from the highly valued independent market opinion report to fully tailored physical and risk management programmes, all clients can attend regular market update meetings, have direct access to a dedicated consultant and be more confident that they will buy or sell their physical commodities more effectively whilst spending less time following the markets – they get CRM Agri to tell them when its time to buy and sell!

Independence

CRM Agri hold a unique position within the market place, we do not trade, which avoids conflicting interests, allowing our clients to be confident in following our market leading advice.

Performance

We have a strong track record in beating market averages through the use of advanced data driven analytics and predetermined strategic plans to help minimise surprises and avoid ‘hunch’ based marketing.

Understanding our clients

Before we begin advising our clients, we take time to understand them and their business objectives, gathering information such as their risk attitude, storage/ cash flow requirements and their previous marketing experience and market knowledge.


TESTIMONIALS

“Historically we had 2000T in pools, however, after two years with CRM Agri we now market all our grain independently and our results at the very least match and usually beat the pools”

Pete Collins, MJ & SC Collins, Essex


“I use the team at CRM to challenge my thoughts on pricing and where the market might go help my clients achieve a better price, it also provides the owners of the farms we manage with the confidence that their grain is being marketed independently and professionally”

Alex Bragg, Savills Food & Farming, Head of Eastern region


“It’s not just about yield but getting the best price for what we produce, particularly in tough times. The independent advice from CRM Agri gives us the insight we need to understand the markets and increase our profitability”

Ali Wade, Kinrah Farms, Wiltshire


“Farmers don’t have time to analyse what’s happening all over the world, which makes the strategy CRM Agri gives us invaluable. We concentrate on growing the crop and rely on CRM to provide us with the strategy to get the best price we possibly can”

Christopher Heneage, Heneage Estates, Lincolnshire

Frederick Hiam

Frederick Hiam

Frederick Hiam – a farming and fresh produce business based near Brandon, Suffolk. Major crops grown are potatoes, parsnips, onions, sugar beet and cereals. In-house storage, grading, washing, packing and marketing facilities for pack sizes ranging from full bulk loads to 500g packs. Environmental interests span woodland, heathland, wetland and arable land managed under ELS and HLS agreements and includes protected sites and species. Interested in nurturing and developing new and innovative technologies for food and farming. The business is family owned and has a full time staff of around 70.

Allpress Farms

Allpress Farms

Allpress Farms are a family owned business, incorporated in 1965, based in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.​ They farm over 2,000 acres of land, producing leeks, onions, wheat, sugar beet and maize.​ Their leeks are processed in their packing facility, and appear on supermarket shelves the length and breadth of the UK.​ Waste leeks and onions go through an Anaerobic Digester to generate electricity for roughly 900 houses. Allpress currently employ around 100 full time staff, and pride themselves on being a profitable and stable business.

Euston Estate

Euston Estate

Euston is a 11,500 acre Breckland country estate, of which 6,500 acres is farmed in hand.  We grow wheat, barley, maize, rye and sugar beet, the land is also utilised for free-range pig and poultry farming and irrigated crop production in association with other producers.  We are particularly proud of the ‘Suffolk Trinity’; our own Grafton herd of Red Poll cattle, along with Suffolk Punch and Suffolk sheep, which can all be seen on Estate grassland.

Farm management has been described as ‘traditional meets modern’ where commercial farming dovetails with significant conservation measures, indeed our farming includes five separate Higher Level Stewardship Schemes.  In March 2016, Euston Farms was awarded the accolade of ‘Greenest Farming Business’ in the Creating the Greenest County Awards.  Recent renewable energy projects on the farm comprise 13MW of Photo Voltaic panels  and a 2.5MW Anaerobic digestion plant.

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J F Temple & Son

J F Temple and Son

J F Temple & Son Ltd farm approximately 230 hectares of land in and around Wighton. The main enterprise is dairy, with approximately 130 cows, and a similar number of young stock. The dairy herd is almost pure pedigree Brown Swiss.

About a third of the milk is used for cheesemaking, the rest sold wholesale to Arla. Arable crops are barley (for seed and feeding cows), maize and beet for cows and digester, and beans and lucerne for cow feed.

J F Temple & Son are currently using methane from their biogas plant for generating up to 170 kW of electricity for the grid and their own use, and heating for grain drying, cheesemaking, dairy hot water, farm house and office and three nearby farm cottages. The biogas is produced from cattle manure, whey from cheese, fodder beet and maize silage.

J F Temple & Son have replaced a van and an 18,000 miles/year diesel car with two fully electric cars, have a John Deere electric Gator buggy and an electric ride-on mower. They are using strip tillage for maize to reduce energy use and improve soil conservation. They export to the grid as electricity more than twice the amount of energy they buy as diesel fuel.

The digestate from the biogas applied with a trailing shoe tanker is a most valuable fertiliser. They have recently equipped four staff houses with PV panels and two with biomass boilers.

Salle Farms

Salle Farms Co is a Norfolk estate, owned by Sir John White and his family for the last 100 years. They farm in excess of 2,000 hectares, including the neighbouring Heydon Estate as well as three other local farms. At Salle they crop winter and spring cereals, sugar beet, spring beans and oilseed rape on a seven year rotation.

The Estate has been actively involved in crop research and development for many years. They are currently hosting the Wensum DTC project for catchment sensitive farming, exploring mitigating measures and their effect on water quality and economic performance. The Estate works with other partners including Morley Research Centre, UEA, NIAB TAG, BBRO and the Broadland Catchment Partnership, adopting precision farming technology to improve farming practices and achieve above average yields.

Diversification projects include growing and retailing Christmas trees and cold pressing oilseed rape for the production of high quality cooking oils, salad dressings and granola.

Since 2005 a further 900 hectares of arable land has been farmed in Northern Poland and this successfully produces a range of combinable crops and potatoes.

Elveden Estate and Farms

Elveden is a 22,500 acre country estate, of which over 10,000 acres is farmland. They are passionate about environmentally-responsible farming and work hard to ensure that biodiversity at Elveden thrives alongside their farming practices.

Elveden’s farm specialises in the production of vegetables, especially potatoes, onions, carrots and parsnips, which dominate their farming – around 6% of the UK’s onions are grown at Elveden! They also grow cereals such as rye, barley and wheat to balance the rotation, ensuring their soils remain fertile and productive for generations to come. Consistency of quality and volume is achieved through the application of the highest levels of science and technology. Irrigation, mechanisation and a highly skilled production team are key to Elveden’s success.

Find out more at www.elveden.com, follow them on Twitter at @ElvedenEstate, and find them on Facebook.

Fram Farmers

Fram Farmers

Fram Farmers is the purchasing, grain marketing and administrative function of 1250 farming businesses across the UK. Fram Farmers acts as an extension to individual farm offices, with industry professionals purchasing and marketing core agricultural inputs and outputs.

  • Fram Farmers is an extension of their members’ farm offices, saving valuable time and office resources.
  • They provide trusted and transparent advice, aimed at achieving the best value and gross margin for their members’ businesses.
  • They can help reduce risk by offering the forward buying of fuel at a fixed price; members saved on average 4ppl during harvest 2013.
  • They have top performing grain prices and Pool results.

Their office, based in Framlingham, Suffolk, takes the administrative burden away from your farm/estate office, processing and streamlining invoices and bank payments.

Run as a true farmer owned co-operative, not for profit, Fram Farmers is passionate about the true principles upon which the co-operative was founded over 50 years ago: Planning farm business requirements, aggregating volumes and negotiating very competitive prices backed up with professional service and impartial, unbiased market information.

Find them on Twitter: @FramFarmers

N E Salmon

NE Salmon

N E Salmon Limited is an arable farm business operating in mid-Norfolk near Dereham. The main crops grown are wheat, barley, oil seed rape, beans, grass seed, beans and sugar beet on the lightest land. The business aims to have a robust rotation to look after the soil structure, control grass weeds and, by using organic manures, increase soil fertility.

Robert Salmon has had a life-long interest in soils and over the last three years he has been chairing a soils special interest group based at Anglia Farmers. The annual meetings hear from scientists, agronomists and farmers to investigate ways of improving soil management. One area of interest is to discover how we can both enhance and measure improvements in the biological activity of soils. It has also become clear that the weight of modern harvesting machinery is potentially doing irreparable damage to soil structure.

Over the next two years at Hyde Hall, N E Salmon hopes to move to a 12 metre controlled traffic system of farming. This will enhance soil structure, make the farm more sustainable and hopefully increase yields. They will take the opportunity of examining the soils at Hyde Hall both before and after the introduction of controlled traffic farming. It is also hoped that N E Salmon will be able to adopt a strip tilled technique to cultivate for sugar beet. This will help mitigate the damage caused by large beet harvesters as the undisturbed soil between the plant rows will help support the weight of both the harvesters and trailers carting off the beet.

Greens of Soham

Greens of Soham

As the UK subsidiary of Spearhead International, Greens farms across 6,000 hectares of predominantly light land irrigated cropping in East Anglia, Sussex and Northumberland.

Vegetable production includes beetroot, onions, carrots and parsnips. Seed potato production includes every stage from tissue culture to final stage multiplication, supported by close co-operation with breeders. Salad potatoes are produced across four counties for a wide range of packers. Processing potatoes for both crisping and chipping are supplied from own crop and from a large group of partner growers. Contract farming arrangements involving cereal and sugar beet cropping are an integral part of the business, built on long term relationships with farmers.

Key areas of focus for Greens are:

  • risk mitigation for growers and customers (based on using established crop growth models and objective crop monitoring to both predict and constructively review crop yield and margin performance)
  • irrigation scheduling
  • disease prediction
  • plant health improvements
  • crop nutrition
  • store management and active monitoring of stored crops
  • environmental enhancements
  • the development of aids to supply chain management

Key challenges are likely to include evolving the farming of high value crops on light land in low rainfall areas increasingly prone to extreme weather scenarios, in ways that effectively support the needs of both partner growers and packer / processor customers. Related challenges include the enhancement of soil organic matter, reducing fertiliser requirements and working with increasingly limited range of agrochemicals.

G’s Growers

Gs Growers

G’s Growers Ltd is an independent Producer Organisation established in 1984, comprising more than 20 grower members in the UK and Spain.

By working together G’s Growers members are able to share expertise, experience and knowledge to allow them to take advantage of economies of scale to ensure the efficient supply and year-round availability of quality produce for their customers and consumers across the UK, Europe and North America.

G’s Growers’ crop range includes wholehead and babyleaf salad, celery, radish, onions, salad onions, beetroot, mushrooms, Chinese leaf and leeks. Their production sites are based in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Kent, West Sussex, Dorset, West Midlands and the Murcia region of southern Spain. Collectively G’s Growers farm over 7,500 hectares of specialist crop which they harvest, process or pack for sale onto their end customers.

They strive to be recognized as outstanding market-led growers and suppliers of sustainable, healthy, fresh produce, and to be at the forefront of the industry in everything they do.

Agri-Tech East Membership provides G’s Growers with a platform to develop their networks with new technology providers, industry partners and collaborators with the aim to identify opportunities that ultimately improve their businesses performance.

Members of G’s Growers:

J S Young Farms, G S Shropshire & Sons Ltd, J B Shropshire & Sons Ltd, Darby Methwold, Cole Ambrose Ltd, Hirst Farms Ltd, James Foskett Farms Ltd, Woodhall Growers Ltd, East Coast Growers Ltd, WO & PO Jolly, Greens Farming Ltd, G F Suffolk Ltd, Hugh Crane Ltd, Ashfield Growers, The Lettuce Company Ltd, GCH Growers Ltd, KJ & RJ Shropshire, Littleport Mushroom Farms, Fiddleford Mushroom Ltd, Darby Boyton, G’s Espania SL, Marba Growers SL, Naturally Organics SL.

B&C Farming

B&C Farming

Farming a high value, technically demanding range of cereal, root and horticultural crops on a land base which radiates up to twenty miles from their main base at Wood Farm at Marsham in Norfolk, B&C Farming Ltd has a lot to offer agriculture in Norfolk and is enthusiastic about their membership of Agri-Tech East.

In particular, B&C Farming is:

  • The largest dedicated seed potato producer supplying the Greenvale supply chain, providing seed for growers supplying many of the UK’s major retail and manufacturing contracts.
  • A specialist in handling and managing organic manures. Each year they move in excess of 20,000 tonnes of compost from the Marsham composting facility.
  • A provider of a contract farming service which goes beyond stubble to stubble; they look to enhance, protect and sustain land’s asset and production value.

At the heart of B&C Farming is the attention to detail, dedication and technical knowledge of their staff, who work in collaboration with their landowners and supporting businesses, to achieve consistent results through teaming science and innovation with the best of practical farming.

B&C Farming hope, as part of Agri-Tech East, to develop innovation from the ground up and to make a positive contribution to the development of agriculture in the UK.