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Category: Sustainable Farming

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,…

Sustainable Farming Grants – EIP Agri

Sustainable farming grants

The European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-Agri) has sustainable farming grants that are open for applications. The sustainable farming grants or EIP Agri provide funding to support innovative farming or forestry practices that use research to base their projects on. The funding is available for operational groups that have plans to improve productivity and sustainability. The sustainable farming grants are part of the Countryside Productivity Scheme. The focus of the EIP-Agri is to develop innovative solutions to recognised agricultural…

Flood Prevention Grants

Water management - Flood Management

Applications for the Flood Prevention Grants close 15 February 2017 Defra and Natural England are extending availability to apply for flood prevention grants in response to required actions outlined in Flood Action Plans in response to the storms in Dec 2015. Flood Prevention Grants The flood prevention grants are part of the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund with up to £720,000 available to encourage groups of farmers, foresters, and other land managers to develop natural flood management defenses on their land.…

Biofilm Prevention & Removal

biofilm

Life Cycle of Biofilm?          Each number corresponds with a stage in biofilm development. The photomicrographs are of an actual Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm.   Biofilm Basics Contrary to common belief, most bacteria are not “free living” – instead, they live in a self-sustaining community where they cooperate with other bacteria and are largely protected from outside influences. This is properly known as a “Biofilm” although most people would recognise it as “slime”. This makes up a large…

Agricultural Water Management with Water Treatment

Agricultural Water Management

Agricultural Water Management Agrismart has developed a complete agricultural water management solution as an alternative to mains water. With the effects of climate change and increased demand both affecting water availability and driving up costs, Agrismart has developed a complete alternative to mains. Agrismart is keen to cut farm inputs, improve efficiency and increase profits. As well as providing sustainability, self-sufficiency & freedom from mains water supply, which also supports the issue of water shortage.…

What is Rainwater Harvesting?

What is Rainwater Harvesting? Rainwater harvesting is using natural resources to your advantage. We pay a fortune for mains water to be supplied to our farms without considering the other options available to supply water. In essence, we are paying for something we already have an abundance of all over the UK. Rain hits our roofs, goes down the gutter and straight down the drain. That is your money just being washed away while you continue to pay for a different…