Student farmers take up gauntlet to improve farm water management
Agricultural students from three colleges across the North-west are to review farming practices to help improve water quality as they take part in The Great Farm Challenge 2017, a joint partnership between Natural England, Environment Agency and United Utilities (UU).
Students from three of the region’s top agricultural colleges - Reaseheath, Mysercough and Newton Rigg - will attend interactive learning sessions before going on a farm walk. The next generation of farmers will be tasked with writing a report on the issues and changes needed to improve water management on the farms they visited.
Judges from the partner organisations will mark the reports and the best from each college will be invited to a Grand Final event, which will be held in the last week of March at the NFU headquarters at Skelmersdale.
Andy Wagstaff, from Natural England, said: “The aim is to improve the students understanding of the impact of agriculture on water sources. Focusing on minimising run off from pesticides, nutrients and suspended solids whilst also looking at ways of using water wisely on the farm.
“The key thing about The Great Farm Challenge is to talk to the farmers of the future and get them thinking about how farming practices impact the environment. It is also important to get over the fact we can have good profitable farming, while safeguarding the environment.”
Clare Bullen, UU strategy development manager, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this challenge as it is a great way to influence the next generation of farmers about helping us help the environment and their farm business. By creating the awareness of good water quality practices we will hopefully avoid problems in the future which could impact the environment, the farm business and the cost of water treatment which can then impact the bill paying customer.”
- August finish for DVW's Llwyn Onn WTW rebuild Dee Valley Water (DVW) said the rebuild of its Llwyn Onn Water Treatment Works is fast approaching completion. Read More >
- McMaster and Aevitas team up for industrial wastewater project Engineers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, have partnered recycling and waste management company Aevitas to... Read More >
- Farmer fined for slurry and silage effluent pollution Selkirk Sheriff Court has fined farmer Alexander Wilson £1,000 and his company, R&A Wilson Ltd, £1,650 for discharging... Read More >
- Getting to Grips with… highway pollution Pollution from urban highways, trunk roads and motorways poses significant risks to the environment from toxic metals and... Read More >
- Comment: Moving sensors from the lab to the real world Innovative sensor technologies of various materials are out there - the key now is to apply them effectively and to make... Read More >
- Corrosion of water pipes: out of sight, out of mind? Pipe corrosion is a major cause of water quality complaints by customers, but how often is the water itself responsible... Read More >
- Top tips for... analyser maintenance Keeping continuous water analysers well maintained is vital to ensure you can rely on the information they provide, writes... Read More >
- Data: Predictive analysis pays off for Welsh Water Data scientists at Welsh Water built an analysis tool that can predict when service reservoirs are at risk of bacterial... Read More >