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Free environmental advice

by 5m Editor
25 February 2005, at 12:00am

UK - A new initiative will provide farmers and advisers with free practical advice to help deal with a host of environmental issues, according to ADAS. The DEFRA-funded Environment Sensitive Farming initiative addresses issues from pesticide contamination of water courses, plastics disposal to soil management, explained Andrée Carter from ADAS. &quot;It is a national project, but with a focus on regional issues. We want farmers and growers to understand the environmental impact of their activities and decide how they can comply with environmental requirements.&quot; Welcoming the launch of the initiative (Feb 23), Sussex farmer Mark Weaver said cross compliance would require farmers to adopt the right mindset and focus more on environmental issues. &quot;The Entry Level Scheme and cross compliance are coming, but we need to be able to fit them in practically and understand what they physically mean on our farm.&quot; On his 3,000 acre arable and beef farm, six metre field margins under the Countryside Stewardship scheme are just one example of how environmental schemes can be used efficiently, he said. <i>Source: FWi</i>

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