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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 sustainable agriculture webinars aimed at the Irish agriculture industry will take place from April 2020 on an ongoing weekly basis.

Download and listen to The Signpost Series as a podcast below

 


Upcoming Webinars


May 2021

Friday, 14 May 2021 

Water Quality: the challenge of understanding and valuing it!
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speaker 
Bernie O’ Flaherty, LAWPRO

Friday, 21 May 2021 

Celebrating our biodiversity and motivating farmers to address the climate and biodiversity emergency
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speaker 
Dr. Brendan Dunford, Manager of The Burren Programme

Friday, 28 May 2021 

Renewable gas and circular economies
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speaker 
Niamh Gillen, Innovation Engineer, Gas Networks Ireland


Previous Webinars


May 2021

Friday, 7 May 2021 

Agri-food Strategy 2030 - The Environmental Ambition
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speaker 
Tom Arnold

April 2021

Thursday, 1 April 2021 

Multispecies Swards - sward and animal performance under reduced nitrogen fertiliser inputs
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speakers 
Dr. Helen Sheridan and Prof. Tommy Boland, UCD

Friday, 9 April 2021 

Climate Mitigation Options through Afforestation
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speakers 
Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist and Dr. Kevin Black, Forestry, Environmental Research and Services (FERS)

Friday, 16 April 2021 

Context, Measurement and mitigation of methane emissions in Irish dairy systems
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speakers 
Laurence Shalloo, Ben Lahart & Katie Starsmore, Teagasc

Friday, 23 April 2021 

The BRIDE Project, Results-based Payments and how farmers can be rewarded for environmental improvement
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speaker 
Donal Sheehan, BRIDE Project

Friday, 30 April 2021 

Water quality – national problems, local solutions
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speaker 
Jenny Deakin, EPA

March 2021

Friday, 5 March 2021 

Approach to Sustainability at Carbery
• Questions and Answers

Speaker
Enda Buckley, Carbery Co-op 

Friday, 12 March 2021 

Low Impact Weed Control - Protecting Drinking Water Sources
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speaker 
John Keogh, Animal & Plant Health Association (APHA)

Friday, 19 March 2021 

Multi-species mixtures increase yields and resilience to drought, with lower nitrogen inputs
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speaker 
John Finn, Teagasc

Friday, 26 March 2021 

Working with farmers to improve water quality
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speakers 
Noel Meehan, ASSAP Programme Manager and Edward Burgess, ACP Specialist Advisor, Teagasc

February 2021

Friday, 5 February 2021 

Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions – New Zealand’s story
• Questions and Answers

Speaker
Sinead Leahy, New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) 

Friday, 12 February 2021 

Protected Urea: A Research Update
• 
Questions and Answers

Speaker 
Patrick Forrestal, Teagasc

Friday, 19 February 2021 

The Signpost Farm Programme: Teagasc campaign for climate action
• 
Questions and Answers

Speaker 
Tom O'Dwyer, Teagasc

Friday, 26 February 2021

The Impact of Climate Change on Smallholder Food Production in the Tropics
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speaker 
Paul Wagstaff, Self Help Africa

January 2021

Friday, 8 January 2021 

NFGWS Drinking Water Source Protection Pilot Project - Phase 2
• Questions and Answers

Speakers
Patrick McCabe and Sean Corrigan,
National Federation of Group Water Schemes 
Friday, 15 January 2021

AgClimatise
• 
Questions and Answers

Speaker 
Dale Crammond, 
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
Friday, 22 January 2021

Organic Farming – Steps to on farm conversion and opportunities 
• 
Questions and Answers

Speaker 
Elaine Leavy, Teagasc
Friday, 29 January 2021 

Development of strategies to reduce methane emissions from agriculture
• 
Questions and Answers 

 

Speaker 
Sinead Waters, Teagasc 

December 2020

Friday, 4 December

Growing Hedges for a sustainable future
• Launch of Teagasc Hedgerow Week 2020
• Questions and Answers

Speakers
Catherine Keena, Teagasc
Minister Pippa Hackett
Friday, 11 December 

Measuring and Mapping Hedges
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speaker
Stuart Green, Teagasc 
Friday, 18 December

Emerging Trends in EU Policy - CAP, Green Deal, Farm to Fork 
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speaker
Alan Matthews, 
Trinity College Dublin

November 2020

Friday, 6 November

The Economics of catchment management, linking science and farmer behaviour in the ACP
• Questions and Answers

 

Speaker
Michele McCormack, Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc  

Friday, 13 November

MCPA herbicide: new insights from catchment scale research in the North-West
• Questions and Answers

 

Speaker
Philip Jordan, Ulster University 

Friday, 20 November

Creating & Shaping the development of Irelands Bioeconomy
• Questions and Answers

 

Speaker
Patrick Barrett, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine  

 

Friday, 27 November

Smart Food Solutions - One Health……. from Soil to Society - Using Good Science to Proactively improve Human & Environmental Health 
• 
Questions and Answers 

Speaker
John Gilliland, Devenish 

 

Friday, 3 April

Greenhouse Gases - Why all the fuss? 
 Questions and Answers

Speaker
Philip O'Brien, EPA
Thursday, 9 April

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

 

Speaker
John Muldowney, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
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
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
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 

Friday, 8 May

Maintaining the Derogation – The changes we need to see for a credible case  
• 
Questions and Answers

Speaker
Jack Nolan, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)

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

Speakers
David Wall, Mark Plunkett & Tim Hyde, Teagasc  

Friday, 22 May

Use of Protected Urea
• 
Scientific Update
• 
Questions and Answers

 

Speakers
Patrick Forrestal & David Wall, Teagasc  

Friday, 29 May

Low Carbon Dairy Farming
 Questions and Answers

Speaker 
James Humphreys, Teagasc 

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, Teagas

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)
and 
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

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

Speaker
Edward Burgess, Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc 

Friday, 30 October

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

Speaker
Donagh Berry, Centre Director, VistaMilk, Teagasc