The theme of the event is ‘Restore & Enhance Farmland’
Smart Farming, the resource efficiency programme, run by the Irish Farmers’ Association in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will host its 2021 Smart Farming Spring Seminar Thursday, 22nd April, from 11 am – 12.30 pm, which coincides with World Earth Day. Registration to attend the event can be made at www.ifa.ie/SFSpring2021.
The seminar will be held online via Microsoft Teams. The theme of the event is “Restore & Enhance Farmland”. It will focus on ongoing work within the sector both here and in the UK to restore and enhance farmland, improve productivity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
At this years’ seminar, speakers will be Clare Hill, Director of Regenerative Agriculture with FAI Farms in the UK. She will share FAI’s story as they transition to regenerative farming. Tom O’Dwyer, Head of Teagasc’s Signpost Programme, will discuss its plans to support farmers in reducing emissions by adopting more sustainable farming systems. Andrew Bergin, a farmer, will be discussing his experiences of practising no-till cereals and their benefits in managing and improving soil structure.
Paul O’Brien, Smart Farming’s Programme Leader, said, “I would encourage farmers to register at www.ifa.ie/SFSpring2021 . The event is an opportunity to learn how to reduce emissions at farm level and restore agricultural land to improve productivity while reducing the environmental footprint. This restorative approach to farming should be included in the conversation around carbon and the climate challenge”.