Representatives of Leaf, Sustain, the Agriculture Working Group, Wildlife & Countryside Link and the Ramblers addressed soil health as part of last week’s evidence session before the House of Commons EFRA Committee inquiry into the government’s Agriculture Bill.
Meanwhile the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster has launched an inquiry into the Agriculture Bill and the issues and challenges facing Scotland’s rural economy, with the aim to deliver a cross-party report on its findings by next Spring.
Global agri-tech companies, including BASF, Bayer Crop Science, Syngenta and Zoetis, attended a roundtable hosted by International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox to discuss opportunities for investment in the industry as part of a series of Government initiatives aiming to promote UK industry sector opportunities to a global audience.
James Bretherton of New Zealand’s Livestock Improvement Corporation told farmers at Birmingham’s Pasture to Profit Conference last week how soil health can have a huge effect on livestock health and a farm’s bottom line.
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Experts from UCL say that soil liquefaction caused by loose, saturated soil in reclaimed land and river banks could have exacerbated the impact of the recent devastating earthquake in Indonesia.
Indian Scientists have published a study showing that earthworms feeding on decaying organic matter in the soil increase the levels of organic matter and organic carbon.