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Jersey dairy and arable farmers commit to sustainable farming

All Jersey dairy and arable farmers were required to become Leaf Marque certified by October 2019.

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Jersey farmers up the ante on sustainable farming as they pledge to do ‘the right things right’

Jersey dairy and arable farmers have upped the ante on sustainable farming and doing ‘the right things right’.

 

Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf) has formed a unique partnership with the States of Jersey Government, encouraging farmers to look for ways to strengthen their markets, demonstrate their environmental credentials and build public trust.

 

Leaf assurance manager Jenny Clark said the UK Government’s policy to prioritise the environment and public goods was a ‘great opportunity’ for the Leaf Marque certification, which shows food has been grown ‘sustainably with care for the environment’.

 

All Jersey dairy and arable farmers were required to become Leaf Marque certified by October 2019.


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Ms Clark said: “It is testament to the progressive and forward-thinking approach of the States of Jersey, that they have recognised this and are using Leaf Marque certification to build resilience and invest in the long-term future of the island’s agricultural sector.”

 

William Church of the Jersey Royal Company, which has been established for more than 20 years and produces about 20,000 tonnes of potatoes annually, said the Leaf Marque certification helped get his produce into premium supermarkets.

 

‘Cost-savings and long-term sustainability’

He said the adoption of Integrated Farm Management (IFM), a whole farm business approach which underpins the certification, had influenced the development of ‘environmentally sympathetic farming practices’ throughout his business.

 

“For example, we reduced our fertiliser inputs, which not only improved our environmental sustainability in the long-term, but provided immediate cost savings,” Mr Church said.

 

“On-farm practices which promote good husbandry, whilst at the same time generate cost savings and long-term sustainability, are what matter most to our business.”

He added the standard had encouraged ‘the right mind-set’ whilst bettering proactive management.

 

Third generation dairy farmer Andrew LeGallais said the move for his business to become Leaf Marque certified was due to cross compliance with Government requirements.

 

Implementing IFM on the farm has helped the business reach ‘important sustainability objectives’, he said.

 

Mr LeGallais added: “IFM has provided a useful framework to consider all aspects of farming practice and highlight how each area interrelates.

 

“An example of this is our slurry management; in the past we have always disposed of our slurry, now we use it as fertiliser which is transforming production.”

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