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Agriculture

While BRi Members provide a very diverse range of skills which in many cases these can be grouped into specific sectors many categories examples of which are listed below and on the associated following links pages.

Specialist Sectors within BRi have particular responsibility for training and Continuing Professional Development within these groups.

Members within the Business Management Sector of BRi advise their clients on a range of financial, strategic and business planning matters. This may be to plan for future contingencies, to react to current market conditions or to look at improvements in margins, efficiencies or returns within business or venture.

BRi promotes training and professional development among its members so that they are kept at the forefront of the knowledge required to provide the best advice to their clients.

Expert opinion, in the form of a report, or evidence given in court at enquiries, is an essential feature of all types of litigation and insurance work.

A number of BRi members are involved in Expert Opinion work and are able to perform the role of experts by virtue of their qualifications and experience, covering all aspects of the agricultural industry.

The institute’s Constitution and Code of Professional Conduct ensures a high standard of expertise and integrity so that both the lawyer and client can be confident of a professional contribution to any assignment.

Many disciplines are covered by BRi members, including:

• Animal husbandry, covering all farming livestock, including fish.
• Crop husbandry, covering all crops grown in the UK and overseas, their production and marketing, including the use of    pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
• Trees and forestry, leisure and amenity activities.
• Rural planning, environmental aspects and agricultural need.
• Soils, water supply and drainage.
• Pollution, industrial and agricultural.
• Buildings and machinery, design, use and safety.

Many BRi members are particularly experienced in the assessment of financial losses sustained.

Work is regularly undertaken for the legal profession, insurance companies, trading organizations, the individual farmers and many other bodies, both in the India and overseas. When necessary a consortium of consultants can be assembled for a case involving several disciplines.

Experts may be chosen from the BRi members listed on the website or by contacting the BRi office with details of the particular issue. We will be pleased to assist in the identification of members able to undertake any particular assignment.
Membership of BRi enables professionals working on some of the more peripheral spheres of agriculture to become involved in BRi for the benefit of themselves, existing BRi members, their clients and BRi as a whole.

The following list of skill areas serve as an example of the technological skill areas that BRi members and their clients are likely to encounter both now and in the future.

• Alternative Energy Sources and their Harnessing
• Communications & Information Technology
• Machine & System Diagnostics
• Global Positioning Systems
• Wildlife, Forestry & Conservation, Mapping & Tracking
• Mechatronics and Robotics
• Waste Reclamation and Recycling
• Diversification: Food Processing from production to plate
• On Farm Livestock procedures: On the hoof and Carcass grading, AI, Nutrition, Disease & Pregnancy analysis
• Laboratory and Testing Work

The Technology Group provides additional support for members as well as more ‘conventional’ Agricultural Engineers, with peripheral skills (but not single specific products or product lines) of value to the rural sector, to organize educational visits, lectures and workshops for the benefit of all members.
A number of BRi members are consultants working world-wide for all or part of their time. Members maintain the same excellent range and standards of service as the India based consultants but have an international clientele. Members work on a sub contract basis for consultancy companies or are directly employed by international organizations, commercial firms and private individuals. The wealth of knowledge, degree of commitment and flexibility of these members make them ideal choices for large and small projects in the rural development and agricultural fields.

What members offer their clients?

Members’ skills include those essential for modern agribusiness development and those needed to help the rural populations in the developing and transition countries.

Their specialist knowledge includes:

• All technical aspects of production for crops (rain fed, irrigated, glasshouse)
• All aspects of livestock production
• Post-harvest technologies
• Building design and construction
• Property management and valuations
• Business analysis and planning
• Advisory techniques and extension service management
• Training, including training of trainers.
• Developers
• Multinational agencies
• Banks
• Charities
• NGOs
• Government departments
• FAO
Suitably qualified members of the Livestock group are able to provide advice for the following areas:
• Nutrition, management and health advice
• Animal Husbandry
• Analytical services
• Preparation for litigation
• Poisoning incidents
• Nutritional and toxicological problems in farm animals
• Training course development
• Livestock and meat supply chain
• Abattoir and meat processing operation
• Livestock selection
• Finance advice
• Livestock and forage systems
• Specialist livestock building design
• Expert Witness in all the above subjects
• Members of the Environmental Management group are available for the following areas of work.
• Environmental Monitoring
• Environmental Impact Assessments
• Audit Trails
• Implementation and Licensing for the IPPC Directive
• Environmental Planning
• Integrated Nutrient Management
• Pollution Control and Farm Waste Management Planning
• Expert Witness in all the Above Subjects
Most new farm-based or countryside developments involve some form of planning application: be it for new farm buildings, for stables, for farm diversification or other changes of use. The rural planning division of the BRi contains members with specialist skills in rural development work, particularly where there is a need for planning permission. Members skills cover farm buildings and dwellings, land classification, equestrian centers and farm diversification (including changes of use, leisure and tourism development), and the promotion of non-agricultural development sites.

Rural Planning Conference

BRi holds an annual Rural Planning conference for the wider agricultural community each April (see events page for latest details). This is usually a sellout, so book early.

Rural Planning Group Aims

The aim of the group is to advance and enhance the skills of its members, through sharing knowledge and skills, suitable professional development work and by seeking to ensure a consistently high standard of all its practicing members.