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.
The FIRST Integrated Farm Management Bulletin was released today 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 JHI'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 Institutes 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.
Find out 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 LEAF Innovation Centre web site: Geoff Squire
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