Key tools and publications
Manage farm biodiversity
Living organisms are essential for the biological processes associated with agricultural production. Organisms include natural pest predators and fauna essential to soil health. Farms with a relatively wide range of living organisms can be described as ‘biodiverse’.
HGCA has published guidance to help growers better understand how biodiversity can contribute to farm productivity.
Adopt integrated production methods
‘Integrated’ production methods are often described as being somewhere between ‘organic’ and ‘conventional’ production methods. Integrated methods can offer more flexibility than organic methods and can help to intensify production in a more sustainable manner.
Reduce your carbon footprint
The UK Government Climate Change Act 2008 sets out clear targets for reducing UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Agriculture will need to play its part.
HGCA has developed resources to help growers understand and manage their carbon footprint.
HGCA’s environmental ‘roadmap’ details plans to assist the industry to meet its environmental obligations.
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (including HGCA) is a partner in the Greenhouse Gas Action Plan.
This booklet aims to help farmers, managers and land owners weigh up the options when considering converting to organic.
As stewardship involves the effective management of all on-farm resources, take time to look at the other crop management resources on HGCA’s website.
Keep up to date with the latest research on HGCA’s environment research pages.