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The Farmer-Led Innovation Network (FLIN) are UK based organisations driving farmer-led innovation - working together to power up and increase the impact of farmer led innovation initiatives.

Currently 27 organisations involved in farmer-led innovation and research initiatives are part of the network, including governmental, non-governmental organisations, research institutes, the levy board, farmer organisations and advisory services and others. 

The network brings together initiatives directly representing farmers involved in farmer-led innovation across the UK; an estimate of at least 1500 farmers directly involved and over 3000 farmers in initiatives engaging farmers in like-minded types of processes but with a less specific focus on innovation.

Around £2 million of pilot funding from public, third sector and industry R&D has been invested to date in 50+ initiatives.

Visit the FLIN website at www.flin.uk

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