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Weather-proofing your land

With our recents winters in Wales feeling incredibly long, wet and relentless and our summers often very hot and intense there is no wonder that most of our grazing and growing land is feeling the effects and is suffering dramatically.

In the face of climate change, traditional farming methods are facing unprecedented challenges. Erratic weather patterns, extreme temperatures, and unpredictable precipitation are becoming the new norm.

To sustainably feed a growing global population, farmers must adapt to these changes. Weather-proof farming emerges as a solution, incorporating innovative techniques and technologies to mitigate the impacts of climate variability.

Weather-proof farming encompasses a range of strategies aimed at making agriculture more resilient to climate fluctuations. It involves taking advantage of scientific advancements, data-driven decision-making, and sustainable practices to optimize crop yields while minimizing vulnerability to weather-related risks.

Weather-proof farming offers numerous benefits for farmers, communities, and the environment which can include:

- Increased Resilience: By diversifying crops and adopting resilient farming practices, farmers can better withstand the impacts of climate variability and extreme weather events.

- Improved Yield Stability: Weather-proof farming strategies help stabilize crop yields by reducing the vulnerability of agriculture to weather-related risks such as droughts, floods, and heatwaves.

- Sustainable Resource Use: Precision agriculture techniques enable farmers to optimize resource use, minimize waste, and reduce environmental degradation, leading to more sustainable farming systems.

- Economic Viability: Weather-proof farming can enhance the economic viability of farming operations by reducing input costs, increasing productivity, and improving market access through the production of high-quality, climate-resilient crops.

- Climate Mitigation: By sequestering carbon in soils, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and promoting sustainable land management practices, weather-proof farming contributes to climate mitigation efforts and helps mitigate the impacts of climate change.

If you'd like to learn more about how to weatherproof your farm, smallholding or parcel of land then join us at Hwb Dysgu'r Tir on the 19th of June, where we will be welcoming renowed agri-consultant Niels Corfield to deliver a comprehensive one-day course which will cover "The Weatherproof Farm" in detail.

Who is Niels Corfield?

Niels Corfield is a UK-based regenerative agriculture consultant, educator, and designer. With over a decade of experience in the field, Corfield has been instrumental in guiding farmers toward more sustainable and resilient farming practices. His work spans across Europe, where he collaborates with farmers, researchers, and institutions to implement regenerative techniques that improve soil health and farm productivity.

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