News Archive: July - December 2014

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  • December 14: Winter DTC Newsletter Read about UK-China collaboration on nutrient management in agriculture and a range of other associated projects building on the work of the DTC's in the latest newsletter from the DTC programme. To read the newsletter [click here].
  • 11 Nov 14: Agritech Water Cluster Workshop, Suffolk Showground Prof Kevin Hiscock from the Wensum DTC chaired a workshop held at the Innovation For Agriculture East 2014 Conference on 'Water in Agriculture: managing future water needs'. Farmers and other delegates involved in rural land management discussed issues related to water availability and use, to identify important themes in future management of water for agricultural use.
  • 06 Nov 14: The Forum, Norwich: ESRC Festival of Social Science Event "Putting a Price on Nature" This one-off public discussion which is part of a nationwide Festival of over 200 events, brought together key representatives from the worlds of local planning, conservation, business and research. Professor Ian Bateman OBE, University of East Anglia, presented the case for valuing nature and why an economic perspective matters. A lively discussion involving invited guests from a variety of organisations with a nature conservation interest followed, along with questions from members of the public.
  • 27 October 14: Anglian River Basin Management Plan consultation Catchment summaries which give more local detail to supplement the main plan are now available online. To view them [click here].
  • 25 October 14: Further trials show benefits of cover crops to reduce risks of nitrate pollution The Eastern Daily Press reported on a tour of a demonstration site at Gressenhall operated by Frontier Agriculture, where five cover crops were on trial - oil radish, winter turnip, rape, rye and vetch. Lister Noble, Farm Advisor for the Wensum Alliance, also talked to the 50 attendees about the positive impact on soil nitrogen residues from the cover crops trial on the Salle estate.
  • October 14: Autumn DTC Newsletter Autumn's newsletter is packed with reports on research progress and mitigation measures, a more detailed account of why Poul Hovesen was voted 'Farmer of the Year' and information about DEFRA's new 'Sustainable Intensification' programme amongst other things. To read the newsletter [click here].
  • 03 October 14: Poul Hovesen wins Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year 2014 Many congratulations to Salle Farms manager Poul Hovesen who has just been presented with Farmer of the Year and Arable Farmer of the Year awards by Defra Secretary, Liz Truss. Poul and Salle Farm's involvement in the monitoring programme and field trials in the Wensum DTC is key to the project's work in testing on-farm measures to reduce water pollution in the River Wensum whilst maintaining food production. Poul says "We need to stand back and think, and respect Mother Nature and the soil, as we need a sustained agriculture in a more open market." Poul is demonstrating this on the Salle estate with impressive yields whilst championing environmental responsibility.
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