The agroecology mindset

Written by Tom Allen-Stevens from CPM Magazine

Download PDF Hutchinsons has launched a new bespoke agroecology service for its farmer customers, linked to its Helix innovation network. CPM attends the launch at the Shropshire farm and asks what the term actually means. We want to farm in a manner that maintains our livelihood, but we want to farm with Nature, not battle against it. By Tom Allen-Stevens Not so long ago, if you’d told your agronomist you wanted to adopt a more agroecological approach to the way your grow crops, they would have looked at you in disgust. Now it’s been launched as a new bespoke service by Hutchinsons who have unveiled their first Agroecology Farm. This autumn will see the addition of Whitley Manor Farm in Newport, Shropshire to the Hutchinsons’ national Helix network. “As an industry, we’re looking for answers as to how many of the practices associated with agroecology – such as reducing cultivations, using cover crops and reintroducing livestock – can really make a sustainable and profitable difference to our farms,” explains Ed Brown, Hutchinsons head of agroecology. “Our Helix farms were set up to test new technologies and practices in real farm scenarios and this is exactly what we are aiming to…
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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...