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  • 3 Feb 2011 Fert savings of £9,600, (£320/t*30t) annual cost for sampling of £3,900. Better targeted placement based on soil, crop yield, end market, management input and technical expertise. Extended in H10 to nitrogen. Expensive potential pollutant, greatest yield response. Reducing wastage. Targeted solution Precision farming reduced diesel, costs, labour and wearing parts farmerjakef.blogspot.com
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Integrated Farm Management - Anthony Goggin (Leaf) Integrated Farm Management - Anthony Goggin (Leaf) Presentation Transcript

  • Closing the yield gap: Innovation, science and technology on your farm Anthony Goggin, LEAF Marque Technical Manager Farming Futures Workshop Tuesday 1st February, Innovation Farm, NIAB ,
    • What if LEAF?
    • What is IFM?
    • Benefits of IFM
    LEAF – Linking Environment And Farming
    • What is LEAF?
    • Set up in 1991
    • Common concern for the future of farming
    • Started global activity 2006
    • Aim:
    • To do something positive for farming
    • Develop system of farming which is realistic and achievable
    • LEAF was established to develop and promote Integrated Farm Management (IFM) to farmers
    • And promote the benefits of IFM to consumers and raise the awareness of the way many farmers are responding to current concerns
    LEAF’s roots
    • A Charity
    • A membership organisation at the forefront of developing and promoting environmentally responsible farming
        • Farmers
        • Corporate
        • College
        • Advisors
        • Friends of LEAF
        • Producer Groups
    • LEAF sets up Demonstration Farms
    • LEAF provides technical information and guidelines to help farmers
    What is LEAF?
  • Our mission…simple but compelling Inspiring and enabling prosperous farming that enriches the environment and engages local communities LEAF – Linking Environment And Farming
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    • A sustainable system of agriculture which:
      • meets the economic needs of farmers
      • Addresses the concerns of consumers
      • Minimises any impact on the environment
      • conserves and enhances the fabric and wildlife of the countryside for future generations
    • IFM is a:
      • Common-sense approach, utilising best practice
      • Realistic way forward for farmers
      • System that produces food that is wholesome and affordable
      • System that is applicable to all farming sectors globally including organics
    Our vision for the future
    • LEAF’s work focuses on 4 core themes
    • Technical know-how
    • Market development
    • Demonstration
    • Communication
    • And these areas will be the focus of our future activities
    LEAF’s priorities
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  • … research providing the case for IFM
    • Economic
    Social Environmental The IFM Database
  • Available for technical managers and training providers
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  • LEAF Marque aims
    • Give growers recognition
    • Engage with the consumer
    • Inform consumer of how food is produced
    • Give consumer choice to buy into better environment
    • Promote more sustainable farming
    • Above all for our members it’s about creating a more sustainable business
  • LEAF Marque On Branded Products
  • Impact Globally
    • Current members of the scheme total 811 members including 11 producer groups
    • Over 72,000 hectares of fruit and vegetables now registered
    • Over 37,000 hectares of combinable crops
    • Total extrapolated area is 273,685 hectares
  • Introduction to Integrated Farm Management
  • COMPONENTS OF IFM COMPONENTS OF IFM
  • Sustainable farming
      • A method of agriculture that attempts to ensure the profitability of farms while preserving and enhancing the environment.
    • Sustainable agriculture integrates three main goals:
      • environmental stewardship,
      • farm profitability ,
      • and prosperous farming communities,
      • and underwritten by political commitment .
    • These goals have been defined by a variety of disciplines and may be looked at from the vantage point of the farmer or the consumer.
  • IFM – definition
    • A cropping and livestock production strategy in which the farmer seeks to conserve and enhance the environment while economically producing safe, wholesome food. Its long term aim is to optimise the needs of consumers, society, the environment and the farmer.
    • LEAF
    • Sustainable development:
    • Development that meets the needs of the present without comprising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
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  • Definition of IFM – Key words/phrases
    • site specific
    • whole farm - discuss
    • sustained income/profit
    • balance
    • wholesome, affordable food
    • environmental responsibility
    • social acceptability
    • sustainable
    • economically viable
    • ecologically sensitive
    • comprehensive
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  • IFM principles
    • A commitment to good crop and animal husbandry
    • Efficient soil management and appropriate cultivation techniques
    • The use of crop rotations
    • Optimal reliance on animal medicines, crop protection chemicals and fertilisers - not minimal
    • Careful choice of seed varieties
  • IFM principles - continued
    • Maintenance of the landscape and rural communities
    • Enhancement of wildlife habitats
    • A commitment to team spirit based on communication, training and involvement
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  • Changes necessary for IFM
    • reduce use of finite resources
    • Improve and enhance wildlife habitats
    • Increase in biodiversity
    • enhance energy efficiency
    • reduce reliance on chemical inputs
    • improve public perception
  • Things not to be changed
    • quantity of food produced - debate
    • quality of food
    • price of food – affordable for all
    • farm profitability
    • economic stability of agriculture
    • adoption of new technologies – innovation
  • Features of IFM
    • whole farm
    • more efficient
    • change to existing practice
    • high management and agronomic skills
    • commitment
    • environmental awareness
    • attention to detail
    • auditing and monitoring
    • increased evidence
    • Site specific
  • Benefits of IFM
    • Prepared for future challenges
    • Logical, achievable, realistic farming systems
    • More efficient farming system - improved profitability (cost control)
    • Motivation through encouragement and focus
    • less waste of natural resources
    • less reliance on chemicals
    • Reduced environmental risk and less pollution (air, soil, water)
    • improved soil health
    • enriched biodiversity and improved environmental performance
    • improved quality of produce through attention to detail
    • increased marketability of produce
    • improved public perception/trust
  • Actions
    • Carry out the LEAF Audit
    • Set plans and procedures to meet your own businesses requirements and priorities
    • Seek advice
    • Visit a LEAF Demonstration Farm
    • get involved with the Speak Out initiative – meet people, tell them about what you do, get them round a farm, put up interpretation boards on your farm
    • Become LEAF Marque certified
  • COMPONENTS OF IFM COMPONENTS OF IFM
  • Valuing LEAF membership ‘ unpacking’ the benefits experienced by LEAF farmer members Janet Dwyer, Jane Mills and Nick Lewis
  • Why CCRI did the study
    • In LEAF’s own surveys (2008, 2010) members noted a range of benefits from being part of LEAF:
        • Economic, Environmental and Social
    • They wanted to find out more about
      • the range of benefits experienced on different farms
      • the scale of benefits and how they arose
  • What CCRI found
    • 1. Significant economic benefits
    • Cost savings on variable inputs (fertiliser, pesticides, vet medicines)
    • Greater efficiency in use of water, fuels and/or electricity
    • The LEAF Audit encourages you not to view manure as a waste product but as a valuable nutrient bank”.
    • Replacing chemical fertilisers with manures, green composts and /or sewage cake, saving £3,000 a year
    • -Precise planning of fertiliser use saved £2,500/yr
    • GPS-linked savings of c.£10,000/yr
    • £25,000 from soil mapping a large arable farm, reducing fertiliser applications by 30% : GPS equipment paid for itself within 2 years
    • All identified via the LEAF audit, or realised via the putting into practice of IFM
    • Fuel bowsers and changes in machinery use reduced fuel costs by £5,000%
    • IFM with min-till means 10% less use of machinery
    • recycling wastes – reduced disposal costs
        • - water efficiency improvements, water storage benefits
        • - ideas for alternative energy or energy recycling
  • LEAF Audit Fertiliser saved £9,600 Cost of sampling £3,900 Annual savings of £5,700
  • LEAF Audit 14.3L/Ha
  • More significant economic benefits
    • Improved incomes, examples
    • Valued supply contracts via LEAF Marque – with Waitrose and others
    • Improved stock condition from IFM
    • Premium prices for the product
    • Increased visitor revenue (OFS/Demo farms)
    • Increased direct sales from LEAF events
    • Easier access to Higher level Agri-environment
    • Benefits of £2,000 – £7,000 annually
  • For the number crunchers! 200 85 17000 Using GPS precision farming technique for applying phosphate/potash and lime with variable rate spreaders This has led to developing a contract spreading business covering 5000 additional acres 600 30 18,000 GPS soil analysis has targeted fertiliser application 20 1,000 20000 being able to supply multiples 520 38 20000 Ability to supply Waitrose with potatoes 100 250 25000 Reduction of pesticide usage due to the fact that with some enviornmental changes we did there was a increase in the auxiliar fauna 762 33 25000 Using GPS equipment 600 42 25000 PLACEMENT OF FERTILIZER 1727 35 28000 use of GPS variable rate fertiliser application 370 81 30000 A creditable standard to supply with farm size ha Saving per hectare £ Annual gross saving £ Example economic benefit
  • Significant environmental benefits Membership develops more environmental awareness “ I’m sure it has helped change my attitude and helped cement some of those ideas in my head. It has progressed my attitude to the environment, rather than let it get stale” Visible benefits for wildlife: bird species, field margin flora, new features Increasing benefits to soils and water.
  • More environmental benefits Environmental regulations “ It provides a checklist for your regulatory requirements and gives you peace of mind” “ It’s a good vehicle to make sure that you are up to scratch with all the legislation” “ The audit pricks your conscience where you are not doing something right. If you tick all the boxes it gives you peace of mind and you know you don't have to worry”
  • Farming can be a solitary occupation, but these LEAF members feel proud and strongly connected with their local community
  • Significant social benefits “ LEAF has had a big impact on my communication skills. I am often asked to talk to groups and feel confident in doing this now”. “ The group that has been particularly rewarding was a group of inner city children. I shall never forget: I took them into an open field and they were absolutely overawed with the sense of space, the thing we take for granted. They were hopping and skipping” “ Although the Open Day is absolutely exhausting and you are drained by the end of it, it is really satisfying to see the level of enjoyment”
  • More social benefits “ People have found us more approachable, people will stop and talk and have a look over the fence at the cows” “ We have had groups around and talk to people that we wouldn’t have normally expected to talk to; and it gives people a face and someone to talk to if they see something that they are not sure about. They feel more comfortable about coming to you to ask about it, rather than going away and grumbling about it” “ The more of the general public we can get out on the farm and reconnect them with where their food comes from, the better. Over the last 20 years people have forgotten”
  • In Summary some ideas Closing the Yield Gap? Farm more sustainably Do dig a little deeper Gross Margin – look at inputs “ Horizon Scan” Innovations for efficiency Sustainable Intensification Is there a marketing opportunity?
    • LEAF is an integrated organisation
      • Developing and progressing IFM
      • Helping farmers adopt environmental responsible farming
      • Helping supply chains inform the consumer of how their food is produced
      • LEAF makes a difference
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