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Building sustainability and resilience in organic supply chains

Building sustainability and resilience in organic supply chains

Maintaining stability and confidence in supply chains could become increasingly complex in the face of an uncertain Brexit with potential changes in the way we trade with other nations. For an expanding organic market, a failure to understand and face these challenges could have consequences for future growth. With this in mind, Soil Association Certification […]

Farm-bound sludge teems with tiny plastic fibres

Farm-bound sludge teems with tiny plastic fibres

An astonishing 700,000 microfibres – threads of plastic the size of an ant’s leg – leach out of an average 6kg wash of acrylic clothing. And research by Brunel University London shows this plastic pollution has travelled at least as far as Britain’s farms. The team behind BBC’s Countryfile, one of the nation’s most popular […]

Farming and scientific leaders discuss challenges facing UK’s crop production

Farming and scientific leaders discuss challenges facing UK’s crop production

Key stakeholders across the UK’s farming sector have joined academic scientists for a collaborative workshop to discuss the challenge of increasing crop production whilst maintaining soil health. The workshop, ‘Increasing crop productivity through understanding and improving soil health’, was co-hosted by the N8 Research Partnership’s (N8) AgriFood programme and research and consultancy company ADAS. Farmers, […]

Farming for free

Farming for free

Farmers at the Leicester Monitor Farm meeting on 10 January were encouraged to make the most of free resources available. The meeting covered soil health, crop nutrition and cover crops. Harry Henderson, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, said: “Farmers’ own knowledge and that of their neighbours, as well as sunlight, water and soil […]

Alltech joins the Soil and Fertilizer Alliance of China, Dr. Mark Lyons named vice president

Alltech joins the Soil and Fertilizer Alliance of China, Dr. Mark Lyons named vice president

In an effort to improve soil quality and environmental protection in China, various key players from soil, fertilizer and livestock industries formed the Soil and Fertilizer Alliance of China (SFAC) in February 2016. Alltech, guided by its founding ACE principle of positively benefiting the animal, the consumer and the environment, has joined the SFAC. Dr. […]

Farming ‘cookbook’ reveals the ground-breaking benefits of cover cropping

Farming ‘cookbook’ reveals the ground-breaking benefits of cover cropping

A ground-breaking study has revealed that cover cropping can increase crop yields, boost soil health and bring about a range of environmental benefits. In the study of 13 Kellogg’s farmers by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), farmers who used cover crops saw yield responses up by 10 per cent and a 50 per […]

Kellogg’s enlists ‘Compost Chef’

Kellogg’s enlists ‘Compost Chef’

Kellogg’s has enlisted a ‘compost chef’ as it begins working towards its landmark sustainability commitment to more than halve its greenhouse emissions. Renowned soils expert Anna Becvar is working with Kellogg’s British farmers to ensure the health and sustainability of their crops. Ms Becvar is advising farms in the Kellogg’s Origins Programme – the Manchester-based […]

Robotic arm technology to help reduce the environmental impact of farming

Robotic arm technology to help reduce the environmental impact of farming

A system developed originally to explore Mars has been transformed into an agricultural monitoring device for testing the quality of soil. It has the potential to reduce the environmental impact of farming. The device consists of a mobile rover platform with a robotic arm which carries a soil sensing instrument. It is based on technology […]

Vital soil saving techniques being trialled as International Year of Soils comes to an end

Vital soil saving techniques being trialled as International Year of Soils comes to an end

As World Soil Day on 5th December 2015 marks the ending of the International Year of Soils, it is reassuring to know that scientists will still be working to find solutions to protect our soils. 2015 was declared ‘International Year of Soils’ by the United Nations in order to raise awareness of the profound importance […]

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