Integrated Farm Management (IFM) is a site-specific farm business approach that uses the best of modern technology and traditional methods. Attention to detail is key; appropriate and efficient use of inputs, smarter approaches to business planning and the adoption of innovations and new technologies, all contribute to increasing productivity whilst protecting valuable resources.
The LEAF Network consists of LEAF Demonstration Farms, working farms committed to delivering and promoting sustainable farming practices and LEAF Innovation Centres - research establishments pioneering new approaches to push forward the boundaries of Integrated Farm Management (IFM) through research and development.
LEAF Demonstration Farms are working, commercial farms practising Integrated Farm Management (IFM). LEAF Demonstration Farmers communicate, discuss and demonstrate IFM best practice amongst other farmers and also play a critical role in promoting sustainable farming to wider groups such as politicians, industry and students.
LEAF Innovation Centres are research organisations whose work supports the research, evidence, development and promotion of Integrated Farm Management.
LEAF Marque is a leading global assurance system recognising more sustainably farmed products. It stands for more environmental sustainability and is held by farm businesses which meet our rigorous standards of sustainable farming practice. LEAF Marque certified businesses have been independently verified against the robust LEAF Marque Standard.
The LEAF Sustainable Farming Review is a members only self-assessment on-line management tool to help farmers farm more sustainably. It enables them to monitor their performance, identify strengths and weaknesses and set targets for improvement across the whole farm.
Here you can find many useful documents and articles about LEAF and IFM. If you are a member you can find more guidance in the LEAF Sustainable Farming Review and Information Centre by logging into MyLEAF.
Measuring progress and delivering change is at the heart of LEAF’s work through the adoption of Integrated Farm Management and this series of booklets will help you do just that.
LEAF’s new online communications toolkit has been launched. Written and developed by leading agricultural communications experts, it is packed full of easy-to-use guidance and resources, providing step by step support for farmers and researchers, helping them think about communications at every stage and providing guidance on best practice.