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RSA researchers to interview students on graduation day at Newton Rigg Agricultural College

Newton Rigg Agricultural College is to host a visit by researchers who have taken to two wheels to cross the UK to canvas opinions about food and farming.

The Food Farming and Countryside Commission, part of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has embarked on the UK-wide tour by bicycle to hear grass roots opinions in high streets, supermarkets, farmers markets, workplaces and the pub.

By working with industry experts and citizens the Commission aims to understand how public perception and values differ and align with the reality of our food, farming and countryside.

The group has already passed through Scotland and on Thursday June 28th at 11am they will call in to carry out interviews with Dan Stamper, Senior Agricultural Lecturer at Newton Rigg College near Penrith and Adam Day, CEO of Farmer Network, also based at the College.

It is also the students graduation day, so the researchers will also be talking to and hearing their views on the future of food, farming and the countryside in Cumbria and the North.

The commission’s team are using cameras, iPads and audio recording equipment to document the thoughts of interviewees in a project which will conclude later this year.

Follow the tour on Instagram: ffc_commission and Twitter: FFC_Commission

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