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Smart Farming Seminar

Friday, 12th April, 2019 3:03pm
Smart Farming Seminar

The Department of Agriculture Knowledge Transfer approved seminar takes place on Tuesday, April 30th.

Smart Farming Seminar

The Department of Agriculture Knowledge Transfer approved seminar takes place on Tuesday, April 30th.

Smart Farming will begin its 2019 work activities at its spring seminar, by focusing on ways to improve farm returns and enhance the rural environment.

 

The Department of Agriculture Knowledge Transfer approved seminar takes place on Tuesday, April 30th, in Portlaoise at the Midlands Park Hotel (formerly Heritage Hotel) at 1.45pm.

 

Launching the programme, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton said: “The Smart Farming programme is a great example of how agriculture can take the lead on sustainability, showing how careful management of resources can reap both financial and environmental rewards for farmers. In 2018, the average farm saved €7,170 while reducing their emissions by 9%. That is a fantastic result for the individual farmer and I encourage all those interested to get involved and see how they too could benefit from these improved practices.”

 

The spring seminar will be addressed by farmers and presenters from the Department of Agriculture, UCD, Teagasc and the BRIDE project in Cork. They will set out how farmers can:

· Access the Department of Agriculture’s €10m on-farm renewables fund.

· Focus on grass growth and alternative enterprise systems, such as once a day milking and mixed farming of cattle and trees.

· Find out about the important role of crude protein in animals’ diets.

 

Professor Patrick Wall from UCD will outline how important it is for all the stakeholders along the food chain to address consumer concerns regarding sustainability and the need to be aware of the attributes of sustainability that consumers consider important.

 

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