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CFE Newsletter - June 2022

A look at farming, the environment and our work on behalf of our members.

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An update on the work of the Championing the Farmed Environment.

The industry-led partnership encouraging farmers and land managers to adopt environmental ‘best practice’.

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The Agroforestry ELM Test project is looking for farmers to take part in online workshops to help structure Agroforestry standards for ELM. Workshops will be held afternoon 01 June, 28, 29, 30 June, and 01 July.

Farmers not intending to undertake agroforestry within ELM and prepared to explain why are just as welcome as those interested in agroforestry, and farmers will be paid for their time. Those interested should contact Y29saW4udEBvcmdhbmljcmVzZWFyY2hjZW50cmUuY29t. 

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Woodland Trust MOREhedges scheme: applications are now being taken for planting more than 100m of new hedging between November 2022 and March 2023.This includes saplings, advice and funding for new hedging projects of 100 metres or more.

We can subsidise up to 75% of the cost if you plant 100 metres or more of new hedging and allow a large tree to grow every six metres. Includes advice and guidance on planting. 
For more info click here.  

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More than 1,900 people took part in the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trusts Big Farmland Bird Count, and overcame challenging conditions to count 130 species across more than 1.5 million acres. 26 red-listed species were sighted, with seven of those amongst the 25 most frequently seen species.

A huge thank you to all who took on the great British weather to complete surveys, and to all our partners for their continued support and promotion.
You can read more here. 

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Based near Belfast, on the 27-29 June, visits will include a variety of farms and research institutions throughout the region. There is a range of different booking options for both full and day delegates.

For more information click here.

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Farm manager Chris Ruffley describes the use of a slurry separator and sealed bag storage at Harper’s dairy and pig units, which enables better use of nutrients in the solid part of the manure for lucerne and application of the liquid part at the right time for crop uptake of nitrogen and reduced volatilisation due to rapid percolation into the soil.

You can watch the video here.

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Rob Kynaston, a LEAF demonstration farmer, describes how he has improved soil health and nutrient cycling at Great Wollaston Farm, through reduced tillage, integrating livestock and herbal leys into his rotation and use of farmyard manure to build soil organic matter.

You can watch the video here.  

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Natural England are looking for motivated individuals to work with farmers, landowners, land managers and organisations in partnerships, with an aim to safeguard, restore and enhance the natural environment by providing technical advice on habitat and species management.

For more information click here.

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Pollinating insects play a vital role in our environment, ensuring that many of our crops and wild plants are able to set seed and produce fruit. We need to know how pollinator populations are changing, and with your help we are gathering data on a wide range of flower-visiting insects. It takes just 10 minutes to complete!

You can find more information here. 

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