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Sustainable Agriculture Webinars

The Signpost Series
‘Pointing the way to a low emissions agriculture’

Sustainable Agriculture Training Webinar Series

A series of Gaseous Emissions Webinars aimed at Irish Agri Professionals will take place from April to October 2020 inclusive.

 

October Timetable
Friday, 30 October 
9.30am – 10.30am 

• Animal breeding as a cumulative and permanent strategy to environmental stewardship
• Questions and Answers

 

Speaker

Donagh Berry, Centre Director, VistaMilk, Teagasc

Previous Webinars
Friday, 3 April

Greenhouse Gases - Why all the fuss? 
• 
Questions and Answers

Speaker
Philip O'Brien, EPA

Moderator
Mark Gibson, Teagasc 
Thursday, 9 April

Reducing GHG Emissions in Irish Agriculture
• Understanding the commitment
• Questions and Answers 

 

Speaker
John Muldowney,
DAFM

Moderator
Mark Gibson, Teagasc 
Friday, 17 April

Options to Reduce GHGs (The GHG MACCs)
• Current and Predicted Emissions Levels
• GHG emissions reductions that can be delivered at farm level
• Questions and Answers

 

Speaker 
Gary Lanigan, Teagasc

Moderator
Mark Gibson, Teagasc 
Friday, 24 April

Feeding Management for Productive Ruminants
• How feed protein impacts GHGs?
• Appropriate levels of protein at different times
• Questions and Answers

 

Speaker
Joe Patton, Teagasc

Moderator
Mark Gibson, Teagasc
Friday, 1 May

Land Management – Drainage/Water Table Control

  • The role of land management in drainage and water table control and GHG mitigations
  • Questions and Answers  

Speaker
Patrick Tuohy, Teagasc 

Moderator
Mark Gibson, Teagasc

Friday, 8 May

Maintaining the Derogation – The changes we need to see for a credible case 

  • Questions and Answers

Guest Speaker
Jack Nolan,
Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine 

Moderator
Mark Gibson, Teagasc

Friday, 15 May

Reducing Slurry Emissions

  • Key Advisory Messages for farmers using low emissions slurry
  • LESS
  • Timing
  • Where to use
  • Nutrient Value and factoring it in and reducing Chemical Application
  • Derogation Changes and TAMS
  • Questions and Answers

Speaker 
David Wall, Mark Plunkett and Tim Hyde, Teagasc  

Friday, 22 May

Use of Protected Urea

  • Scientific Update
  • Questions and Answers

 

Speaker 
Patrick Forrestal and David Wall, Teagasc Researchers 

Moderator
Mark Gibson, Teagasc

Friday, 29 May

Low Carbon Dairy Farming
• Questions and Answers

Speaker 
James Humphreys,
Teagasc Researcher

Friday, 5 June

Water quality in Ireland - current status and Irelands 3rd River Basin Management Plan
Questions and Answers

 

Speaker
Jenny Deakin, EPA 

Friday, 12 June

Nitrogen – Interactions with soil and water
Understanding nitrogen and soil interactions
Questions and Answers

 

Speaker
Karl Richards, Teagasc

Friday, 19 June

Phosphorus - Interactions with soil and water
Understanding phosphorus and soil interactions and finding the P pinch points on farms
• Questions and Answers

 

Speaker

Karen Daly, Teagasc

Friday, 26 June

Protecting Nitrogen and Phosphorus inputs on farms
Optimising N use and farming practices to minimise losses to water
• Optimising P use and farming practices to minimise losses to water
• Questions and Answers

 

Speaker
David Wall &
Mark Plunkett, Teagasc

Friday, 3 July

Forestry
• 
GHG Emissions and the Role of Forestry
Questions and Answers

Speaker: 
Tom Houlihan, Teagasc 
Friday, 10 July The Water Cycle - where does all the water go?

Sediment impact on water quality

• Identification of hydrological sensitive areas and mitigation actions
• Understanding sediment losses water quality impacts
• Questions and Answers

Speakers: 
Owen Fenton and Daire OHuallachain,
Teagasc 

Friday, 17 July

Water Quality- LAWPRO

  • Protecting natural waters through catchment management
  • Questions and Answers
 
Speaker: 
Ruth Hennessy, LAWPRO  

Friday, 24 July

Water Quality – ASSAP – Farming for Water Quality

  • Policy Drivers and whole industry collaboration - Joe Crockett - DSI
  • Farmer advisor engagement and farm specific plans - Noel Meehan, Teagasc
  • Questions and Answers 

Speakers: 
Joe Crockett, Dairy Sustainability Ireland (DSI)
and
Noel Meehan ASSAP Manager, Teagasc 

Friday, 31 July

 

Met Eireann

  • Ireland’s Changing Climate
  • Questions and Answers

 
Speaker: 
Keith Lambkin, Senior Climatologist, Met Éireann 

Friday, 7 August

Climate Adoption Policy
• 
Adapting to the Impacts of Climate change in the Agriculture Sector – DAFM
• 
Grass growth variability – How can we improve? - Teagasc
• 
Questions and Answers

Speakers: 
Maria Talbot, Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM)
 
Michael O Donovan, Teagasc 

Friday, 14 August

Carbon Sequestration in Grassland
• 
Questions and Answers

Speaker
Donal O Brien, Teagasc

Friday, 21 August

Woodlands for Water
 
Questions and Answers

Speaker
Kevin Collins, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)

Friday, 28 August 

Energy
 Energy Efficiency and Generation
 The role of energy efficient and renewable technologies in decarbonising agriculture
 Questions and Answers

Speakers
John Upton and Barry Caslin, Teagasc 

Friday, 4 September 

Biodiversity
o
Nature of Irish Hedgerows
o
Questions and Answers

Speaker
Catherine Keena, Teagasc

Friday, 11 September

Biodiversity
o
Supporting Pollinators through Agri Environmental Interventions
o
Questions and Answers

Speaker
Lorna Cole, SRUC, Scotland

Friday, 18 September

Biodiversity
o Biodiversity on farmland: current status, policy impacts, farm-scale responses
o Questions and Answers 

Speakers
John Finn and Daire OHuallachain, Teagasc 

Friday, 25 September 

Biodiversity
o Natural Capital on Irish Farmland
o Questions and Answers 

Speaker 
Jane Stout, Trinity College Dublin 

Friday, 2 October 

 Semi-natural grasslands in Ireland - precious resources under threat
• 
Questions and Answers

Speaker
Maria Long, Grassland Ecologist, National Parks and Wildlife Service 

Friday, 9 October 

• What impacts the quality of water in Agricultural Catchments Programme [ACP]?   
Findings from 11 years of high resolution monitoring in the ACP
• 
Questions and Answers

Speaker 
Per-Erik Mellander, Chief Scientist, Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc 

Friday, 16 October 

• 11 years of Hi-resolution water monitoring.  
An overview of the equipment and methods undertaken by the ACP in six agricultural catchments
• 
Questions and Answers

Speaker  
David Ryan, Technologist, Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc

Friday, 23 October 

• The Agricultural Catchments Programme assessment of the Nitrates Derogation
• Questions and Answers

Speaker
Edward Burgess, Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc