Category: Sustainable Farming

Cutting pesticides without cutting profits? Yes says French research

Cutting Pesticides

Cutting Pesticides – A research project in France looking at the use of pesticides in relation to profitability on French farms has produced results that have been surprising to many in the farming industry. The results, however, may only favour smaller farms found in the EU, and not the large scale industrial farms of North America. Cutting Pesticides – The project itself The study was conducted using data collected from approximately 950 non-organic French farms and was looking specifically at…

Lincolnshire Farming Conference – adapting in the ever-changing farming world

Lincolnshire Farming Conference

Diversify and adapt to survive and thrive in the ever-changing farming landscape Lincolnshire Farming Conference – Diversification is a word on many people’s lips within the farming world but not everyone is hearing the message. And this is something that the Lincolnshire Farming Conference, held at Lincoln Showground, was trying to change with this year’s focus on managing risk and planning for the future. Held in late February, the conference saw a range of speakers spreading the diversification message to their…

Force supermarkets to support British produce where a UK option is available

Force supermarkets to support British produce where a UK option is available.

Please sign our petition and show your support for British Farming! We need to support the British economy and farming industry especially when farm subsidies are at threat and Britain is facing an uncertain future as far as European exports post-Brexit. Tesco’s has ditched British sugar in favour of sugar cane imported from 5,000 miles away. How can they market themselves as supporting British farmers and locally sourced food? Numerous supermarkets including Waitrose & Tescos clearly mark the front of…

Farm Management Apps

Farm Management

Farm management – In 2010, according to Statista Inc., there were 30,000 mobile apps available on Google Play and by 2016 that number had increased to a massive 2.6 million. As such, it is perhaps no surprise that the almost inconceivable increase has included many aimed specifically at agriculture and farm management. Managing your farm, assessing crop growth and fixing machinery are just some of the tasks that can be supported using mobile farm management apps, and the list is growing all…

Biodiversity Safeguarding Across Agriculture

Biodiversity across agriculture

In December 2016 the UN Biodiversity Conference took place in Cancun, Mexico. Representatives from 167 countries reached agreement on steps needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, and to integrate a commitment to biodiversity into the tourism, forestry, fisheries and agriculture sectors. The Conference Declaration states that “Biodiversity offers solutions to the pressing development and societal challenges that the world community is currently facing”, and makes 18 commitments aimed towards incorporating a recognition of the essential part that…

Nitrates and Phosphates: The Effects on Water Quality

Nitrates and Phosphates

Over the past 50 years, there has been a constant trend towards greater intensification and higher agricultural productivity, and this has been accompanied by a significant increase in the use of inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilisers. In recent years, in order to address the resultant excessive levels of these chemicals found in waterways and mitigate the effects on water quality, measures to reduce and control their use have been implemented. Water Quality Problems Caused by Nitrates and Phosphates Nitrate…

Catchment Management: Farming and Water Quality

Catchment Management

Climate Change and Water Management It may be obvious to say that as climate change brings changes in temperature, rainfall intensity and patterns and rises in sea-level, the water industry will be heavily impacted. Some of these impacts such as more frequent droughts and floods are relatively easy to see and plan for, while others are harder to predict, for example, changes to peak demand. Water companies spend billions each year on infrastructure and services, managing more than 16 billion…

Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS)

Severn Trent

As part of a five-year investment plan running from 2015 – 2020, Severn Trent Water (STW) invites farmers to apply for grants of up to £5000, under the Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS). These grants are for changes to land management and infrastructure projects and aim to support improvements that go beyond agricultural good practice, in order to protect and improve watercourses, as well as the wider environment. Severn Trent Application process The Severn Trent grant application process is…

Sustainable Agriculture: Farming for the Future

Sustainable Agriculture

What is meant by Sustainable Agriculture? The most widely accepted definition of sustainable development is that offered in the Brundtland report Our Common Future (UN WCED, 1987) which states that “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Essentially, this definition means that in order to be classed as sustainable, farmers thinking of the long-term future need to not only consider present day economic sustainability,…