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What is in the meaning of a word? I ask because if you look at the meaning of ‘sustainable’ in the Collins English Dictionary it states it is something ‘which conserves an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources’.
Farmers capture carbon for a living. We must be part of the solution to climate change. What’s more, as well as saving the planet, we might be able to earn a few quid in the process. But a frenzy of opportunistic corporate ’greenwashing’ is putting all that at risk.
According to a well known former Farmers Guardian journalist who spent more than 40 years with the title, one of the biggest changes in UK farming from the 1970s onwards was the rise of the environmental agenda and how it influenced policy.
This year is turning out to be a bit of a weather rollercoaster here in Dorset. The decent amount of rain we had a few weeks ago did us the world of good, but has quickly gone and we are again desperate for rain and struggling for grazing grass.
As lockdown enters its final stages, in England at least, it is remarkable to consider the changes wrought by this unprecedented time. None more so than the impact the pandemic has had on the travel and transport industries.
In these uncertain times, it might be tempting for farmers to put the brakes on investment in sustainability but now is the time to ensure the British agriculture sector is at the centre of a green economic recovery, and the support for farmers is out there, says Lee Reeves, head of agriculture at Lloyds Bank.
Faced with the greatest threat to public health this country has faced in our lifetimes, the Government has taken a series of unprecedented steps to protect the NHS and save many thousands of lives, says Defra Secretary George Eustice.
As farmers and landowners have just weeks to request an application pack for the Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme, Charity Shaw, of Fisher German, explains how it can provide favourable returns.
There are only a few months left until the Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship application window closes on 31 July 2020. Countryside Stewardship agreements will continue to be offered in 2022 and 2023, until the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) is introduced in 2024.