Farm Programmes
Planting trees to capture ammonia on Limerick dairy farm
Emma Hart
Planting a tree belt can be an effective way to reduce ammonia emissions from farm buildings, while simultaneously providing a lively habitat for biodiversity, writes Emma Hart.
31 January 2024 Footprint Farmers
A record-breaking 2023: our warmer world means weirder weather
Ultimately, lived experience of changing weather patterns could change farming practices far faster than any scheme, payment or regulation.
17 January 2024 Footprint Farmers
Irreplaceable value of old native woodland
Once lost, the rich tapestry of life that characterises ancient woodland cannot be restored within our lifetimes, or even those of our children or grandchildren.
Tree planting:native species for biodiversity, native provenance for biosecurity
There is a simple reason why native trees are better for biodiversity: they have co-evolved with the native flora and fauna of Ireland over many thousands of years, writes Emma Hart
20 December 2023 Footprint Farmers
Disease risk from imported whitethorn
ACRES is a scheme conceptualised to help address widespread biodiversity decline in Ireland. Importing disease risk to meet tree planting targets seems a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul.
20 December 2023 Footprint Farmers
Plant diversity is key to soil health
Diverse planting practices have been at the core of our food production systems for thousands of years, writes Emma Hart.
6 December 2023 Footprint Farmers
Seeds of sustainability in west Cork
Madeline McKeever’s farming journey has been guided by a lifelong commitment to sustainability, and the diversity of her 30ac enterprise is testament to her efforts, writes Brendan Dunford.
29 November 2023 Footprint Farmers
‘Working smarter, not harder’: benefits beyond balance sheet in organic farming
Organic farming is more than just a scheme; it embodies a rich history and philosophy that is rooted in the belief of working with, not against, nature, writes Emma Hart.
22 November 2023 Footprint Farmers
Carbon farming: measuring carbon flux on Irish farms
Soil carbon is increasingly being recognized as a valuable asset on Irish farms. However, challenges persist in its accurate measurement, writes Emma Hart.
8 November 2023 Footprint Farmers
Clean water ponds create wildlife hotspots on Irish farms
Tucked away in a wet corner of a field or amongst a tangle of trees, the value of ponds in our landscapes has often been overlooked, writes Emma Hart.
25 October 2023 Footprint Farmers
The ancient arts of coppicing and laying
Farmers are reviving forgotten skills to breathe new life into our hedgerows, writes Emma Hart.
11 October 2023 Footprint Farmers
Wading into wetland solutions on Footprint Farms
Simple, targeted, nature-based measures can help to mitigate the risks of water pollution from farmyard runoff, writes Emma Hart.
27 September 2023 Footprint Farmers