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NFRU spokesman Jim Williams said: "Although the middle ground of neither optimistic nor pessimistic was the main category throughout, it was interesting that around one-third of all farmers felt more optimistic than last year - seeing the glass half full, rather than half empty.
Jim Williams of the NFRU said: ``This added up to 16% of all farms investing in bricks and mortar.
The NFRU, a full service, applied market research unit, conducts research projects in all agriculture, livestock, food and many other business-to-business sectors and contacts 40, 000 farmers, vets, merchants and consumers per year on a rolling basis in the UK, Ireland and internationally.
The NFRU's Graham Croucher said: ``Labour efficiencies are crucial to the success of farming's future.''
Jim Williams of the NFRU said: "Four out of five farmers interviewed envisaged no major change in their farming business, which perhaps reflects uncertainty about the exact nature of change.
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) commissioned study by the National Farm Research Unit (NFRU) has been hailed by the Association as vindicating its rejection of claims by the Tenant Farmers Association that the statutory definition of agriculture needs to be changed because the current meaning is too restrictive and is depriving tenants of opportunities to diversify.
According to the NFRU probe 96pc of landowners would back viable business projects put forward by their tenants.
A farmer survey, conducted by the National Farm Research Unit (NFRU), reveals that 7.5pc of grassland across the UK was reseeded within the last 12 months and that 29pc was reseeded within the last five years.
A survey, conducted by the National Farm Research Unit (NFRU), shows 27pc of all farmers, responsible for over a quarter of the total farming area, are now members of a Farmer Buying Group.
The latest results from a farmer survey, conducted by the National Farm Research Unit (NFRU), reveal that labour use and availability is declining and that farmers who did not have the best labour:output ratio are moving to optimise this.
The NFRU survey shows that overall four in five farmers used a preventative treatment to control this disease.
Jim Williams, marketing and communications director of the NFRU, commented: "Specifically, smaller farms were investing more in tractors.
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