The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and AgriSearch have joined forces to deliver a series of webinars that focus on applying research to common farming situations.
The five webinars are specifically tailored for farmers and will focus on solutions that can be employed to further increase the sustainability of agriculture in Northern Ireland. The series of webinars will take place on Tuesday evenings at 8pm online via Zoom, with the first taking place on 26 September 2023.
The cross-cutting themes that the webinars will address include increasing production efficiency, resilient grassland management, dairy nutrition, nutrient management in grassland and farm case studies of carbon benchmarking.
UFU president David Brown said “There are a number of challenges facing the agricultural industry. Research and science will help us to address these challenges whilst improving efficiencies and reducing costs on farms. These webinars, which will also serve as our contribution to Countryside COP3, will show how farmers can make simple changes supported by scientific evidence, to improve the sustainability of their business.”
AgriSearch general manager Jason Rankin said, “AgriSearch have been working with farmers from across Northern Ireland to explore science based, innovative practices which deliver both farm profitability and for the environment. The webinars will showcase a selection of these with a series of videos showing the practices in action.”
AFBI’s director of sustainable agri-food sciences, Dr Elizabeth Magowan noted, “AFBI are delighted to partner with the UFU and AgriSearch to bring forward this series of five webinars. The webinars are designed to provide farmers with solutions that are underpinned by scientific evidence and demonstrate how these solutions are being employed on farms in Northern Ireland. The rapid adoption of evidence based solutions to improve the environmental impact and support farm profitability is essential to enable the Northern Ireland farming industry to be world leading into the future.”
The webinars are free to attend but registration is essential. To attend please register by clicking here.