Linking the laboratory and the farm
How can we get farmers and scientists talking and make knowledge exchange work for both? In the latest landbridge blog, Professor Dianna Bowles explains about the recently launched Farmer Scientist Network of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, which aims to provide a new opportunity for farmers and scientists to meet and discuss emerging problems and identify solutions together.
Taking stock of the links between research and the land professions
Are scientists providing land advisers with useful information that they need to do their jobs? And do front line professionals have sufficient opportunities to contribute their expertise to the process of research? This one day interactive workshop hosted by landbridge on May 1st 2014 will take a clear look at the links between research and the land professions and how they might be improved. With contributions from leading practitioners and researchers, the workshop will explore models and strategies for bringing research and professional practice together, what gets in the way of fruitful knowledge exchange, and how barriers could be broken down. The event will be of interest to land professionals and their associations, research funders and research programme representatives, university and research institute knowledge exchange staff and representatives of the agricultural and ancillary industries. See provisional programme for further information.To book your place, contact Amy Proctor on firstname.lastname@example.org by 21st March.
Better planning for our rivers and landscapes
The management of our river catchments and the ecosystems services that they provide is an increasingly complex task. Historically single sectors have been prioritised in a given location - for example farming, biodiversity or recreation - but this has failed to address the ways in which such different services are interlinked. Catchment partnerships are playing an important role in changing the way we undertake this task and rivers trusts are key to the new approach. The latest policy and practice note in the Living With Environmental Change series aims to guide catchment partnerships as they plan for this important function. The note may be downloaded from the LWEC website or hard copies may be obtained from email@example.com.
What role can advisers play in supporting the management of land and water?
Water is very much in the news at the moment, not for the best of reasons. How can professional advisers help farmers and land managers make best use of this important resource - and the range of ecosystem services that are affected by it - while avoiding the obvious problems? In the latest landbridge blog, Kate Russell of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers explains how the recent landbridge-sponsored workshop ‘Systemic Solutions at the landscape-water interface’ brought together advisers, academics, policy makers and water companies to explore some of the opportunities and barriers to the use of farmland to develop wetland-based solutions in the delivery of ecosystem services.
New web app supports smart agriculture
Global agri-food businesses and NERC-funded scientists have collaborated to create a free new web app aimed at helping farmers reduce their carbon footprints. Known as the Cool Farm Tool (CFT), it is the creation of NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow Dr Jonathan Hillier of the University of Aberdeen, working alongside companies including PepsiCo, Unilever, Heineken, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Yara and Fertilizers Europe. Launched at the 2014 Farming Futures conference, it gives farmers a simple way to access the latest science so they can understand the greenhouse gases their farms release, and how to reduce them most effectively. For more information on how to download the app see http://www.coolfarmtool.org/
Defra launch Plant Health Risk Register
Defra have announced that the Plant Health Risk Register is now publicly available. It is designed as a tool to enable government, industry and stakeholders to prioritise against pests and diseases which threaten crops, trees, gardens and the countryside. The register can be accessed here: http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/plantHealth/pestsDiseases/index.cfm