Rural farming – Indice Rural Thu, 28 Oct 2021 10:20:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rural farming – Indice Rural 32 32 Kildare farmers win Farming for Nature award Thu, 28 Oct 2021 10:12:59 +0000

FFN’s Brigid Barry presenting their award to Norman and Michael Dunne

The 2021 National Agriculture Ambassador for Nature Awards took place last Saturday evening (23 October) as part of the annual Burren Winterage weekend.

Now in its fourth year, the annual awards have welcomed 23 new Farming for Nature (FFN) ambassadors and showcased seven outstanding examples of farmers doing valuable work for nature on their land.

Ambassadors operate beef, poultry, forestry and tillage systems and work with a range of valuable habitats including grasslands and heathlands, wetlands, forests and hedges.

FFN coordinator Brigid Barry said: “I think every farmer in Ireland will be able to relate to at least one of these farmers and admire what they have been able to achieve on their farms.

“We ordered a short film about each of these farms so that the audience could learn more about Farming for Nature and also choose their favorite story. We have had an outstanding response with thousands of video views and thousands of votes cast over the past few weeks. “


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Farming for Nature mabassadors past and present

This year’s Public Choice Award winners are Michael and Norman Dunne Owenstown, County Kildare.

In recent years, the father-son duo have gradually moved from intensive tillage to a system of regenerative agriculture, operating under the principles of conservation agriculture.

FFN Founder and Volunteer Dr Brendan Dunford of the Burren Program said: “This year’s Farming for Nature Ambassadors are, like their predecessors, so engaging and inspiring.

“They provide a powerful and timely testimony to how agriculture and nature can and should work in harmony – and that simple actions can make a big difference.

“These farmers deserve our respect, gratitude and support; they embody all that is great about rural Ireland and they offer great hope in a time of climate and biodiversity crises, ”he added.

The awards of the national ambassadors of agriculture for nature is sponsored by Bord Bia and supported by a wide range of agricultural and conservation interests, including the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM), the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the National Rural Network.

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Hartpury continues to shape the future of digital agriculture Thu, 28 Oct 2021 08:24:25 +0000

Spikes are buried this month at Hartpury’s Agricultural Campus and Commercial Farm to create a new kind of workspace with tailor-made business support packages dedicated to the growth of Gloucestershire agro-tech businesses.

The construction of a “Digital Innovation Farm Tech Box Park” will allow Hartpury to further develop its 360 hectare campus and expand its range of agricultural facilities to meet global demand for new agricultural technologies.

The £ 2million facility will provide dedicated workspace and support packages, access to Hartpury Farm and an extensive agricultural network for field trials, as well as feasibility testing across the county where businesses will be able to explore, test, research and develop new products or improve existing products.

Russell Marchant – Vice-Chancellor and Director of Hartpury University and Hartpury College, joined David Owen – Managing Director of GFirst LEP, Mark Price – MD of Vitruvian management services and Ben Treleaven, CEO of ISO Spaces, at a special “groundbreaking” ceremony to mark the start of construction on campus.

Photo (left to right): Mark Price – Managing Director of Vitruvius Management Services, David Owen – Managing Director of GFirst LEP, Russell Marchant, Vice Chancellor of Hartpury University and Principal of Hartpury College and Ben Treleaven, Managing Director of ‘ISO Spaces

Russell Marchant, vice-chancellor of Hartpury University and principal of Hartpury College, said:

“This revolutionary new facility will combine our agricultural campus, commercial farm, and strong industrial relationships with agro-tech companies to meet the inevitable challenges of a digitally driven future.”

Funding for the Tech Box Park was provided by the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership Getting Building Fund, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust.

David Owen, Managing Director of GFirst LEP, the Gloucestershire local business partnership, said:

“GFirst LEP is delighted to support this cutting edge and exciting project at Hartpury University and Hartpury College. The project received £ 1.25million from the Getting Building Fund to create a new innovation and demonstration workspace for high growth SMEs in Gloucestershire. “

Designed and manufactured by ISO Spaces, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of modular building and container conversions, the 10x40ft High-Cube Tech Box units will be created using eco-friendly and recycled wood-lined shipping containers. of cedar.

Artist’s impressions (interior and exterior) of the new buildings at Tech Box Park

The new Tech Box Park is slated to open later this year, with Hartpury appointing the project manager, Vitruvius Management Services, who has supported them through every stage of development, from concept to successful funding and stage. planning – and manage the project from construction to delivery.

Mark Price, Managing Director of Vitruvian management services, added:

“I am delighted that this pioneering facility is finally leading the way and will provide an innovative space for Gloucestershire SMEs to explore, test, research and develop new products. “

Click on here to learn more about the Tech Box Park.

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Australia rejects global methane pledge, but New Zealand could say yes Thu, 28 Oct 2021 05:50:00 +0000

Australia will not back a pledge, led by the European Union and the United States, to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030 amid concerns over the impact on agriculture, said Thursday Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

However, New Zealand, another major emitter of methane through its dairy and sheep industries, could join two dozen other countries in signing the Global Methane Pledge.

“New Zealand is actively considering signing the pledge and will make a decision soon,” a spokesperson for Climate Change Minister James Shaw said.

The US and the EU announced their methane pledges in September, with the aim of rallying swift climate action before the start of the UN climate talks in Glasgow, which begin on Sunday.

Methane emissions – which come from natural gas, surface coal mines, cattle and sheep – are the second leading cause of climate change behind carbon dioxide (CO2). They trap more heat than CO2 emissions but decompose faster than CO2 in the atmosphere.

Australia this week adopted a goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, after Morrison won support from the Rural-Focused National Party, the junior partner of the ruling conservative coalition.

“What we have said very clearly, however, is that we do not agree with the methane demand of 2030,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra, denying that the refusal was intended to appease the Nationals.

National Party Leader Barnaby Joyce said separately that a 30% reduction in methane emissions would be a disaster for the beef, feedlot, dairy and coal mining industries.

“The only way to get your 30% reduction by 2030 in methane from 2020 levels would be to grab a gun and go out and start shooting your cattle,” Joyce told reporters.

New Zealand’s support for the methane commitment would be a big step as the dairy industry accounts for around 20% of the country’s exports.

Methane emissions from agriculture and waste account for over 40% of New Zealand’s global warming emissions and are largely to blame for a poor record in meeting the agreement’s targets on the climate.

Its dairy cattle count has nearly doubled to 6.3 million over the past 30 years to meet the country’s growing global demand for dairy products.

New Zealand has already set a target of reducing methane emissions from agriculture and waste by 24-47% from 2017 levels by 2050.

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Restarting agriculture could lay seeds of prosperity in poor and food insecure regions – ScienceDaily Wed, 27 Oct 2021 23:57:41 +0000 Agricultural experts from the Australian National University (ANU) have partnered with government agencies and NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa to improve irrigation systems and boost agricultural production.

Researchers’ work improves food security, reduces water wastage and lifts people out of poverty.

“This simple restart of irrigation systems made up of small farms could help eradicate poverty in farming communities around the world,” said Professor Jamie Pittock of the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society.

The Transforming Irrigation in Southern Africa project empowers farmers by giving them the knowledge and tools to regularly grow high-yielding and profitable crops while minimizing water consumption. The research is published in Natural food.

“Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in infrastructure to support irrigation systems and grow profitable crops, but unfortunately crop yields in Africa are very low and often not much better than those on arid farms that surround them, ”said Professor Pittock.

“Africa has one of the largest populations living in rural areas who depend on agriculture for their livelihood, but unfortunately irrigation systems have traditionally been a failing sector across the continent.

“Our interventions aimed to restart these failed irrigation systems so that they produce food reliably, be profitable and lift people out of poverty.”

This reboot of the system involves providing farmers with easy-to-use tools – developed by CSIRO – to help them measure whether the soil in their fields is moist enough and contains enough nutrients to grow a high-yielding crop. This allows farmers to make their own decisions rather than depending on government assistance.

This new intervention was found to be more effective than the old government-led methods used to grow crops in which farmers were advised to apply specific amounts of fertilizer to grow crops such as maze or maze. But.

“What we found was that governments weren’t helping farmers do a simple assessment of the costs and lost profits of the crops they were growing, so we provided farmers with basic field books. to help them calculate what it will cost to grow a crop and the necessary workforce and determine how much income they will get from growing that crop, ”said Professor Pittock.

Professor Pittock says these simple but effective interventions have proven to be “revolutionary” as farmers minimize their water consumption.

“Before that, they would put too much water in their fields and actually flood their crops. Knowing how much water they need to grow their crops means that farmers conserve water and save up to two working days per week, which can be spent on other livelihood activities, ”he said. he declared.

“There is also more water available to support other farmers and rivers.

“Because farmers are no longer fighting over water, they are starting to work together to share resources and help each other to maximize food production in the region. – a necessary boost to the economy. “

Although this intervention has been “extremely successful” in helping farmers grow food, Professor Pittock says growing high-yielding crops means nothing if farmers flood the market with produce and lower the price of that food to a low. point such that they are not very profitable for them to grow it.

To address this problem, ANU researchers facilitated conversations between farmers and buyers to give them market insight and inform their farming decisions.

“When farmers start to have this dialogue with buyers, they can then work together to negotiate a planting schedule so that they are continually producing crops that are in demand,” Professor Pittock said.

“Once the farmers know what quality of product the buyers want and expect, all of a sudden they get much higher prices for their product.

“We have also introduced farmers to seed and fertilizer suppliers and since they are now cooperating with each other, farmers are starting to buy quality inputs in bulk, which reduces their overhead costs as they pay less than what they paid. were when they were buying only for themselves.

“We have since interviewed the farmers we have worked with who told us that with the extra money they now have, they are buying more nutritious food for their families, investing in health care and paying for their children. have an education. .

“These types of techniques used to equip farmers with the necessary knowledge could make a huge difference in terms of supporting more sustainable development and will be essential in helping poorer members of society in rural areas to obtain better means of living. subsistence.”

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Eric Stonestreet shatters unflattering perceptions of pig farming, interview Wed, 27 Oct 2021 16:07:30 +0000

While Modern family was looking to create his own representations of the nuclear family, Eric Stonestreet wants to put other commonly used phrases to the pasture. While many people start their day with the sizzling bacon on the griddle or craving pork chops and applesauce at dinner, the venerable pig isn’t always described in the most flattering terms. Even though that cute muzzle and curly tail in children’s books makes one smile, a few common phrases may not have a positive connotation. Isn’t it time to redefine this rural dictionary?

Recently, Eric Stonestreet spoke with FoodSided about his partnership with the National Pork Board. As seen on the brand website, Stonestreet has several videos where he explains why some unflattering connotations about pigs should be put aside.

When asked about the partnership, Stonestreet said he has a long-standing connection to agriculture, including pig farming. Although he never wanted to think about how an animal went from pen to table, he appreciates the hard work and dedication of pig farmers, which is one of the reasons he wants people to stop being rude to the pig.

Beyond the slightly ironic videos on the National Pork Board website, Stonestreet shared other thoughts on common “misconceptions” about pigs. A sentence he would like to demystify is sweating like a pig.

As Stonestreet said, that phrase “usually conjures up some kind of disgusting visual” that “reflects badly on the pig.” That the pig really doesn’t deserve this comment, especially since Stonestreet said, “Pigs are clean animals.”

Most importantly, he explained how pig farmers are using the latest technology to provide the best clean environments for the pigs they raise. This concept of a pig in a slop is far from the truth.

Eric Stonestreet comments on the change in perception around pork

While many people appreciate the farm-to-table idea when it comes to production, this same concept is emerging with pork. Beyond celebrity chefs showcasing local farms on their menus, Stonestreet believes the home cook may appreciate farmers and pork producers better.

Stonestreet wants people to make choices based on real and real facts. He thinks that if people could better understand “how much work and care goes into keeping pork,” consumers would be more aware of their pork-centric descriptions.

Since many people subscribe to the idea that we are what we eat, this idea filters through everything on the plate. As Stonestreet explained, pig farmers are very aware of the type and amount of feed that is given to their pigs. He said everything the farmer does “counts 100%”. From the clean area the pigs live to the food the pigs eat, these hard-working farmers truly care about the animals they raise.

While not many ordinary people will walk into a farm and see these experiences with their own eyes, the reality is that being an informed consumer is good for everyone involved. Just as people want to know how these vegetables get on the table, people can appreciate all farmers better.

And what pork recipes does Eric Stonestreet recommend? Stonestreet appreciates a pork cutlet, which can be both a tasty and profitable option for a family. But, he recommends cooking the pork chop or loin carefully. It is best not to overcook it as it loses all of its flavor. Of course, bacon and sausage for breakfast are always a tasty way to start the day.

For more information on debunking pork myths and changing those pork sayings, check out videos from Eric Stonestreet and the National Pork Board.

What do you think pork phrases should be grazed? What’s your favorite pork recipe?

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Goats in the field

Goat Farm Loan is a type of working capital loan used for the management and rearing of livestock. Goat Farming Business requires a certain amount to start.

To meet working capital requirements and maintain healthy cash flow, customers can opt for goat farming offered by various financial and government institutions.

Being one of the best livestock management departments in the country, goat farming is becoming more and more popular with high profit and income potential. It is a profitable and sustainable company with a long-term vision.

Commercial goat farming is mainly carried out by large companies, traders, manufacturers and producers. Raising goats is a major source of milk, skin and fiber.

Some of the major banks and government programs launched to start a goat breeding business are as follows:

SBI goat breeding loan

The interest rate and loan amount will depend on the requirements of the business and the profile of the applicant. The applicant must submit a well-prepared goat breeding business plan which must include all required business details such as area, location, breed of goat, equipment used, investment in working capital , budget, marketing strategy, worker details, etc. Once the applicant has met the eligibility criteria, then the SBI will sanction the loan amount according to the requirements of commercial goat farming.

SBI may ask to submit the land papers as collateral.

Loan under NABARD for goat farming

The main objective of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) with regard to goat farming is to help small and medium-sized farmers to increase livestock production, which will ultimately result in increased employment opportunities.

NABARD provides Bakri Palan Loan Yojana with assistance from various financial institutions, such as:

• Commercial bank

• regional rural bank

• State Cooperative Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development

• State cooperative bank

• Urban bank

• Other financial institutions eligible for NABARD refinancing

According to the NABARD scheme, people belonging to the category below the poverty line, SC / ST will get a 33 percent subsidy for goat rearing. For OBC and other groups of people under the general category, a maximum of Rs.2.5 lakh will get a 25% subsidy.

Canara Bank ready for sheep and goat farming

Canara Bank also offers sheep and goat farming loans to its clients at competitive interest rates. Loans can be taken out for the purpose of procuring suitable goats for a specific herding area.


• Loan amount: Depends on the needs of the business.

• Repayment period: 4 to 5 years (including 12 months of gestation to be paid quarterly / semi-annually)

• Margin: Loan up to Rs.1 lakh – Nil and loans above Rs.1 lakh – 15-25%

• Security: For loans up to Rs.1 lakh: Mortgage of assets created from the funding received!

• For loans over Rs.1 lakh: mortgage on land holdings and mortgage on crops / properties created from the funding received.

Documents required to apply for a goat breeding loan

• Application form duly completed with passport-size photo.

• Applicant’s KYC documents, such as proof of identity, age and address.

• Applicant’s Aadhar card! BPL card, if available! Caste certificate, if belonging to the SC / ST or OBC category.

• Proof of income with bank statement for the last 6 months.

• Proof of business establishment!

• Certificate of domicile and original cadastre papers.

• Any other document required by the lender.

Discover and compare various business loan or working capital loan options.

The loan amount or the interest rate may vary from bank to bank as it depends on various factors, such as the creditworthiness of the applicant, repayment capacity, credit rating, financial stability, etc. .

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The future of American agriculture demands broadband Wed, 27 Oct 2021 11:00:53 +0000

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Digital rhythm

How can we provide the broadband that farmers need?

For many farmers, the definition of sustainability incorporates the economic, environmental and social impacts of agriculture, a “triple bottom line”. Farmers think about the profitability of their operations, not only to support the farm from year to year, but from generation to generation. Practices that make a small difference in the profit margin can have a major impact in the long run. Farmers are also thinking about how to maintain and improve the environmental conditions of their land, such as soil health, in the long term. And finally, farmers’ practices can affect the entire surrounding community, from the employees who work for the farm to the neighbors who live down the road.

These pillars are all interdependent. Americans are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of what they buy: nearly 8 in 10 say sustainability is important to them, and nearly 60% of consumers are willing to change their shopping habits to reduce the environmental impact. As environmentally conscious consumers demand more, farmers’ decisions must be both financially and environmentally sustainable.

Broadband access is essential for sustainability, as connected technologies allow farmers to measure their inputs and outputs, thus creating opportunities for smarter and more efficient resource management. The adoption of precision farming technology has powerful benefits, both for farmers’ profitability and for their environmental impact. Precision farming, for example, optimizes fertilizer application through reduced overlap and variable rate of inputs. Precision farming has improved the efficiency of fertilizer placement by about 7 percent and has the potential to improve another 14 percent with more widespread adoption. This not only saves the farmer money on fertilizers; it also improves the quality of water and soil and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Similar benefits accrue in terms of the use of herbicides, fossil fuels and water.

Most farmers plan or consider incorporating more data into their day-to-day decisions, thereby supporting their economic and environmental sustainability. However, they face some internet related hurdles including slow internet speeds, high costs, and unreliable service.

So how do we provide the broadband that farmers need?

Broadband access is a challenge for farmers of all demographic groups, although farms operated by minorities face lower connectivity rates. Only 82 percent of farms have Internet service in some form. On average, 70% of farms operated by Hispanics, 66% of farms owned by American Indians or Alaska Natives, and 62% of farms owned by blacks have Internet access.

If access is one issue, market competition is another. Despite widespread dissatisfaction with the speed, cost or reliability of their current service, 78 percent of farmers have no other viable option to switch service providers. Among rural households that can get online, at least 38% face a monopoly on basic broadband speed, which the Federal Communications Commission currently defines as 25 megabits per second (Mbps) for download and 3 Mbps. download, or 25/3 Mbps. This definition, adopted in 2015, is no longer adequate to meet the needs of many Americans, especially those who operate businesses. At higher speeds, however, competition is even rarer: 35% of Americans face a 100/10 Mbps monopoly. When consumers have only one or two options for broadband, they are threatened by artificially high prices, inferior service and little innovation.

When I interviewed farmers, rural service providers, equipment manufacturers and other agricultural leaders and experts, a broad consensus emerged around several key outcomes for rural broadband, such as the need robust download speeds, accurate network deployment data, and scalable technologies.

Farmers know what they need for sustainable, data-driven agriculture that can keep pace with growing global food demand. Now is the time to hear from them and deploy the broadband networks and adoption strategies they need to continue to innovate and feed the world.

The Future of American Agriculture: Broadband Solutions for the Farm Office, Field, and Community examines how connectivity is essential not only in farm offices, but in fields for precision agriculture, and structures such as grain silos, pigsties or even compost drums. Since farms depend on rural communities and rural communities depend on farms, the future of agriculture also depends on the connectivity of rural communities. Broadband can open up new opportunities in farming communities, such as distance education, telecommuting and telehealth. Rural communities can work with local organizations, including nonprofits, cooperatives, and community-oriented private providers, to find solutions that meet their access and adoption needs.

The community, farm, and field each have different broadband applications, but the same network, such as a fiber-optic connection to the community or to the farm itself, could serve them all.

Broadband is not an end in itself; instead, the transformative power of broadband lies in its ability to connect users to solutions. A broadband connection to a rural farm not only improves a farmer’s ability to use precision farming in the field, but also increases her opportunities for distance education, telemedicine and social connection in the farm office. . A farmer’s family can also use this connection for distance school days and telecommuting opportunities just like any other family. In the community, this network could create new jobs and businesses and improve access to health care resources.

It’s time to deliver the broadband that farmers need.

Jordan Arnold graduated from Princeton’s School for International and Public Affairs with a master’s degree in public affairs with a concentration in domestic politics. From 2019 to 2021, Arnold was an associate researcher at the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society. She co-wrote If we build it, will they come? Lessons from Open Access, Middle-Mile Networks (December 2020) with former Benton Senior Fellow Jonathan Sallet. She also assisted Jonathan Sallet in the search for Broadband for America now (October 2020). Jordan holds a BA in Economics and Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia. His undergraduate thesis on Rural Municipal Networks was supervised by Professor Christopher Ali, a former Benton Faculty Research Fellow.

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Climate Council report “ignores positive aspects of suckling farming” Wed, 27 Oct 2021 09:57:27 +0000

The technical report released by the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) last weekend – which describes a reduction in cattle numbers to meet higher climate targets – “ignores the positive benefits” of suckler farming.

This is according to the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA), which said the report “proposes a major reduction” in the suckling herd in Ireland as a way to meet our carbon targets “.

The report shows that, to reduce agricultural emissions by 33%, the number of suckler cows would need to be reduced to around one-fifth of 2018 levels, dropping to around 200,000 head.

Given that the proposed emission reduction target for agriculture is expected to be between 21% and 30%, there is concern that a target set towards the higher end of this spectrum will result in a significant reduction in the number of cows. breastfeeding.

“The proposals to reduce the suckler herd to just 200,000 cows in any of the five scenarios described ignore the positive benefits of extensive livestock systems as practiced by our suckler herders,” said the president of INHFA , Vincent Roddy, today (Wednesday, October 27).

Roddy cited a European Commission report from September 2019 which he said “verified this fact.”

“This [commission] The report, which was developed by 23 key stakeholders from 13 different countries across Europe… provides a detailed overview of sustainable grazing and its impact on carbon sequestration, ”explained Roddy.

“When assessing the impact of our farming systems on climate change, it is essential that we take into account all the science and not what fits a particular ideology.

“The [commission] report is there for everyone to see and I would ask, even at this late stage, the CCAC to study it carefully and not be afraid to consider its suggestion after carrying out this task ”, continued the President. of the INHFA.

Roddy said the INHFA is currently evaluating the CCAC technical report and its impact “not only for agriculture, but for the wider rural community”.

“When completed, we will provide a detailed and thoughtful view and outline all possible actions,” Roddy concluded.

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Almost 80% of rural counties dependent on agriculture have lost their population in the last decade Wed, 08 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000

Rural counties where agriculture is a significant part of the local economy were more likely than the rest of rural America to lose population over the past decade, according to Daily Yonder analysis of US census data .

Counties that depend on recreation, on the other hand, were more likely to gain population than rural America as a whole.

According to the analysis, only 21% of rural counties whose economies depend on agriculture grew in population between 2010 and 2020.