Fit for the Future – Variety is the spice of life

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

Download PDF Taking a longer-term view of farm businesses is fundamental for ensuring both longevity and sustainability. CPM explores the role forward-thinking rotations have to play. Farming in general has become a lot riskier. By Charlotte Cunningham While farming has always been about thinking of the next generation, with input costs soaring and the government beating its mighty mallet on what growers should and shouldn’t be doing in the years to come, long-term planning could be more vital than ever. Taking a strategic approach to the planning of a farm business may encompass many factors like staffing, succession and machinery policies as well as environmental, food security and productivity objectives. But at the core of them all, a lot of decision making revolves around the crops that are sown. And that’s something that’s changing. Over recent years, as growers have battled weed and disease problems – and now with movements like regenerative agriculture gaining traction – traditional intensive arable combinable cropping is becoming less common – replaced instead by more diverse, abundant rotations as growers look to balance productivity with sustainability. Jamie Harrison-Osborne, agronomist at Prime Ag says that this change in mindset is being reflected on the ground as…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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