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Richard Rogers wins BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year 2018 - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year 2018

Dairy farmer Richard Rogers of Tre Ifan Farm in Anglesey has won the BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year competition for 2018.

Defra guidance on temporary adjustments to Stewardship - Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Defra guidance for temporary adjustments to stewardship in place

Scheme launched to reduce ammonia emissions from farming - Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) partnership has launched a new £3 million programme to reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture today (18 September, 2018).

Farming is responsible for 88 percent of all UK emissions of ammonia gas which can travel long distances, be damaging to the environment, and combine with other pollutants to form particulates, which are harmful to human health.

The partnership between Defra, the Environment Agency and Natural England will support farmers to take action to reduce harmful ammonia emissions.

Reseed weed control advice from Corteva agriscience - Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Advice from Corteva agriscience:
Keep new-sown leys clear of weeds for maximum grass yields next spring

Get to know your worms in 30 minutes! - Monday, September 17, 2018

Get to know your worms in 30 minutes!

A new survey from Rothamsted Research is asking farers to take part and assess the earthorm population of their soils, taking only 30 moinutes. 

An ambitious six-week programme to map the earthworm population of the UK has begun, building on the success of a pilot study early this year when around 100 farmers volunteered 60 minutes to survey their fields; this time, many more are being asked to give up 30 minutes.

New Agriculture Bill published this week - Friday, September 14, 2018

The Agriculture Bill resulting from the govenrment's "Health and Harmony" consultation earlier this year was published on Wednesday this week (September 12). 

Germinal offer advice on autumn drilling of grass reseeds - Thursday, September 13, 2018

Autumn 2018 offers many dairy farmers more opportunity than usual for late-season establishment of perennial or hybrid ryegrass, with leys drilled in the coming weeks offering the potential to accelerate the rebuilding of depleted forage stocks.

Dairy farmer survey - "Cows eat grass don't they?" project - Friday, August 3, 2018

Opportunity for dairy farmers to take part in survey

Cows eat grass, don’t they?

There has been public controversy in recent years about indoor dairy farming. Research has found that the public are concerned about environmental and welfare implications of a move away from pasture based systems towards more year round housing. However no research has been carried out about farmers’ attitudes towards pasture-based and indoor systems.

Farmers in Teifi catchment and Wales - project help needed - Friday, August 3, 2018

A research project focusing on the Teifi catchment in Wales needs volunteer farmers in the area and wider in Wales to test a prototype of the pesticide ruoff risk assessment tool they have created (reported in a membrs' newsletter last year). 

Don't lose nutrients with heavy showers and storms forecast - Friday, July 27, 2018

Avoid nutrient losses after long dry period

Friday evening and the weekend sees thundery showers and thunderstorms forecast over much of the UK. With the soil in many places cracking after a long spell without significant rain, there is a risk of nutrient loss to drainage, with implications for water pollution. Heavy rain may not infiltrate the soil well after a long dry spell, and where soils are cracked, much of it can simply flow into cracks and pass almost straight through, taking nutrients with it.


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