LEAF Linking Environment and Farming promotes environmentally responsible farming. LEAF brings together thousands of individuals and organisations to deliver a shared vision for the future of farming and food.
The James Hutton Institute combines activities in its upland and lowland experimental farms to form its LEAF Innovation Centre. The farms offer long term research platforms, dedicated to putting the science of sustainable farming into practice.
LEAF Driving Sustainability - a review of our impact, achievement and challenge 2013 (2nd Sustainability Report) was launched at Cereals 2014 and can be downloaded Sustainability Report pdf.
The Institute will not be hosting Open Farm Sunday this year but see the OFS2014 page for updates on which farms in the region will be open their doors on 8 June 2014 and on related events.
LEAF Technical Day for Farmers on Tuesday 3 June 2014 at Balruddery Farm near Dundee. The event includes demonstrations on soils, nutrient cycling, machinery, integrated farm management and the 40 ha Centre for Sustainable Cropping. Image right shows Caroline Drummond, Chief Executive of LEAF giving a welcoming address from the top of a hay bale. A report of the event is given at Technical Day 2014.
Field teams will be out and about from 31 March in the 2014 Field Campaign recording and measuring crops, soils, invertebrates and other things as part of a major study to investigate the trade offs between yield and environment. Background is given at the Maritime Croplands web page and here at Leaf-related research.
The 1st LEAF Integrated Farm Management Bulletin was released on 7 March 2014, for members only. This issue (read more on the news page) concentrates on Sustainable Soil Management and includes a piece from the James Hutton Institute's Cathy Hawes on soils work in the Balruddery experiment.
Integrated Pest Management at the Institute is increasingly recognised as a major area of strength. Summaries are available at these links: Delivering Sustainable production Systems/IPM and IPM-Weeds. See also the research page for the PDF file on IPM Weeds, further updates and links.
Jaleh Bahri-Esfahani's article on her Cafe Science Extra talk is now available from the Comment page Diverting a disaster: food for thought.
Latest ENDURE News June 2013, includes 'The James Hutton Institute joins ENDURE' and 'Networking IPM Field experiments' incorporating the Institute's Centre for Sustainable Cropping: click to our ENDURE page for a summary and link.
The 'State of Nature' report on the continuing decline of biodiversity in the UK: see the news page to download the report and learn how the James Hutton Instiute is working to re-establish nature.
Latest news from LEAF including downloadable 'Driving Sustainability' report.
SOCiT - the new iPhone app for soil carbon - downloadable free, see this link.
Record breaking year for Open Farm Sunday - so says the latest LEAF EBrief dated 11 June 2013. Over 365 farms open their gates at Open Farm Sunday and initial estimates are that they welcomed over 200,000 people. LEAF Open Farm Sunday at the Dundee site on 9 June 2013 was a great success. Hundreds of people visited the site in fine weather to join in the activities, take the farm ride, climb on the combines and tractors and see the science exhibits. See the Open Farm Sunday science page at the James Hutton Institute, for summaries of the exhibits, LEAF media coverage and press releases and updates on the day.
Join LEAF's online community through these links and web sites - LinkedIn, LEAF's Blog, Facebook, and YouTube. Sign in to LEAF's EBrief. There's also Twitter. And Alice Midmer's Sustainable Soil Management Blog. Wow!!! How do our friends at LEAF do all this - they must be superhuman.
More about our role in LEAF
News and views on farming and the environment
- Around the farms - a photographic diary of the Institute's two farms.
- Comment - articles on topical issues in food security and the environment.
- Research - how the Institute's science is leading to sustainable farm practice.
- LEAF and integrated farm management - more about LEAF and IFM.
- LEAF-related publications
You can find more about LEAF in general and find out how to get involved at the LEAF UK website.
Contact for the Hutton LEAF Innovation Centre: Geoff Squire
Contact for the Hutton LEAF Innovation Centre farms: Euan Caldwell
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