It is hoped that 50,000 farmers will use a new free service from Teagasc to create customized farm plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
‘Know my number, make my plan’ will enable farmers through the Teagasc Signpost Advisory Program to enable farmers and advisors to compare current emissions on a single farm and create a specific, individualized farm-specific action plan to reduce emissions.
Under the new system, all farmers and all farm advisers can access farm data to establish a baseline of emissions and receive guidance on developing an emissions reduction plan.
The online portal is a key element of the Teagasc Climate Action Strategy 2022-2030 – Supporting Farmers for Climate Action, launched this week by Secretary of State for Agriculture, Food and Marine Affairs Charlie McConalogue.
“Farmers want to take action,” said Stan Lalor, Director of Knowledge Transfer at Teagasc, at the launch. “We hear this feedback all the time… and encouraging the growing awareness that there is regarding the global climate challenge, the national climate challenge and the individual farmer climate challenge. More and more farmers come to us and say: ‘we understand that we have to act’.
“We’re tossing an open door in terms of farmers willing to get involved and willing to take action.”
Many farmers, he said, have been doing a lot of work on their farms to reduce emissions, with National Farm Survey results showing uptake of proprietary urea, clover, lime and use of low-emission slurry application methods have increased since 2019. mostly on dairy farms.
The three pillars of the Teagasc Climate Action Strategy are the Signpost Advisory Program; a digital sustainability platform and a virtual national center for climate research and innovation in agriculture.
Professor Frank O’Mara, Director of Teagasc, said the resources of Teagasc, ICBF and Bord Bia will be used to build the digital sustainability platform. It was assured that farmers would continue to own their own data on the portal.
Teagasc is also establishing a new “virtual hub” to coordinate climate research and innovation programs and accelerate efforts to bring to fruition “nearly finished” and “early” technologies needed for farm-level adoption.
This will provide a single, independent point of contact in Ireland for the coordination and dissemination of agricultural research and innovation on climate change to all stakeholders, including wider society.
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/forestry-enviro/environment/free-service-launched-to-help-farmers-reduce-on-farm-emissions-42190978.html Free service introduced to help farmers reduce on-farm emissions