UK Farmers, Growers and their sprayer operators have been increasing their awareness of best practice regarding pesticide application over recent years. During the last decade the NRoSO annual training events (roadshows) have been a major source of update training for operators and this year members are invited to participate again in an interactive training event that focuses on how to avoid things going wrong and what “best practice” actually means on the farm.
Woldmarsh will once again be having a stand and sponsoring the Lady Eastwood Pavilion at the Midlands Machinery Show, which takes place on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th November, at Newark Showground. This relatively new show continues to increase in size and popularity, and it’s a great opportunity for members to bring along a friend who may be interested in joining.
The Energy Now Expo, the renewable energy event organised exclusively for the agricultural and rural communities, returns to the Telford International Centre, Shropshire, on 8th & 9th February 2017. Each year farmers and landowners from across the UK visit the event to seek out the latest opportunities, see how the technologies continue to evolve and understand the latest in related government policy.
The event will once again be supported by Woldmarsh Producers (all members are entitled to free tickets to the event) and consist of a large exhibition, an advice clinic, a new product development zone, an education zone and a multi-streamed conference. The main theme of the 2017 conference will be “renewables in a post-subsidy world”, showcasing the benefits a well-chosen renewable energy scheme offers, with or without subsidy support, and examining the ways technologies and the industry as a whole are adapting to offer financially viable, sustainable options.
Also returning to the 2017 event will be the Energy Now awards – recognising and celebrating the achievement of UK farmers and landowners within the renewable energy and low-carbon sectors. There will be 7 categories in total – best Ad & biogas, biomass, heat pump, hydro, solar and wind schemes, plus the most carbon neutral farm award. Members that own a scheme that has been operational for more than 12 months should enter, with each winner receiving a £500 prize and the award itself on the night (8th February 2017).
To book your free ticket to the show, to enter the awards, or for more information please visit www.energynowexpo.co.uk. Alternatively please call a member of the Energy Now team on 01293 854 405.
Anglian Water has worked with farmers to remove more than two tonnes of unused pesticides from Lincolnshire farmland.
The pesticide amnesty was run by the water company to provide a service for farmers with out of date pesticides, or left over chemicals which have recently been banned. Around 30 farmers took advantage of the free scheme which saw Anglian Water employ specialists Chemclear Ltd to remove the unwanted products.
The aim of the scheme is to safeguard against any chemicals accidentally finding their way into the county’s watercourses and ground water.
Anglian Water farming advisor Kelly Hewson-Fisher, said: “Pesticides are a vital tool for farmers in Lincolnshire who are battling harmful insects and weeds in our fields.
“But sometimes even the most organised farm manager can find themselves with an out of date bag of chemicals or a product which was perfectly legal when they bought it, but which has since had its license revoked. If any of these accidentally found their way into a water course there would be implications for wildlife and water quality.
“The safest option is to remove them from the farmed environment completely. All the farmers we dealt with were more than happy to take advantage of the service and it’s now something we’re looking to expand in other areas.
“We can remove most pesticides from raw water before we put it into supply, but it’s much more energy efficient and environmentally friendly to work with farmers and ensure they don’t enter the water in the first place.”
Any farmers in the catchment area around the Louth Canal, Great Eau and River Ancholme were eligible to take advantage of the pesticide amnesty. The service was free and was entirely anonymous.
Kelly is part of the team of catchment advisors at Anglian Water and regularly works with farmers across Lincolnshire to help them ensure they are harvesting healthy crops while also protecting local rivers and water courses.
One of the biggest issues for water quality in the region is the slug pesticide metaldehyde. It is not viable to remove the chemical at treatment works and there is strict water quality legislation covering it. Working with farmers to encourage them to move to an alternative product will bring benefits for farm businesses, Anglian Water customers and the environment.
We are delighted to advise you that Woldmarsh Producers Ltd has been awarded the Investors in People award.
This is a national standard designed to allow organisations such as ours to benchmark what we do against those elsewhere in the country and to indicate that our staff are fundamental to the wellbeing and future development of the company.
To achieve the standard we needed to meet the minimum requirements in 10 categories of measurement. These categories are designed to encourage staff contribution to the goals of the organisation and their own personal development.
Achieving the standard, is a proud moment in the development of Woldmarsh, however this should be seen as the foundation to build for the future.