Sowing sustainability

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

Download PDF As growers seek to ensure sustainability across the breadth of their businesses, variety choice could play a fundamental role. CPM finds out more. Advanced crop genetics have a vital role to play in achieving the vision. By Charlotte Cunningham From fertiliser products to the machinery used to establish and harvest crops, many arable growers globally are in the midst of examining all areas of their businesses in a bid to ensure they remain as ‘sustainable’ as possible. Sustainability has arguably become a bit of a buzzword in agriculture. However, delving further into the etymology of the word, to sustain effectively means to maintain. Putting this into practical terms, sustainability should be about putting measures in place to ensure that both the farm business and the surrounding environment are maintained for future generations. That’s the view of Jim Monaghan, professor of crop science at Harper Adams University who says building a sustainable future involves addressing both short and long-term challenges. “Short-term, the industry is facing dramatic fluctuations in input costs and market margins. Long-term, net zero and climate change is clearly the big point of discussion and the key goal. “But whether you’re focused on the short or long-term,…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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...