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Natural capital update: Regenerative farming is making news amid growing environmental concerns. Is it worth consideration, asks Martin Rennie, or too early to tell?

Over the last two months’ the dry weather has been a challenge for several farmers throughout the United Kingdom. With the lack of rain, yields may be questionable and grassland is more yellow than green in some areas.

More lambs are coming forward for sale earlier and harvest has started much sooner than normal. Is this good or bad? What next for the farming industry? Might regenerative farming be an answer?

 

Regenerative agriculture is discussed often in industry meetings and discussions; however, there is still a great deal to be developed and discussed, as ‘nature-inclusive farming’ is very far from being a one-size-fits-all approach. Farm types can vary significantly per region, per area, and even next-door farms can have fundamentally different social, economic and environmental drivers.

 

The policy needs to be developed and analysed quickly as the range and diversity of how and why it can be implemented can change significantly.

 

At the moment it appears that overall take-up of the practice is quite slow; however this is likely down to a lack of knowledge and understanding of how and where it can be implemented. Policy, understanding, and knowledge will improve over the coming years, and farmers need to take time and ensure they’re getting the correct advice before they look to introduce ‘Regen farming’ on their own unit.

 

UK farming has significant variation in land quality and timescales, and professional advice should be taken before any introduction of regen farming measures are considered.

 

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