Green Horizons is Agrii’s commitment to a sustainable future for food production. You can download the Green Horizons document here.
In the short video below (6:48mins), members of the Agrii Board provide an introduction and overview of Green Horizons and the range of projects involved – from soils to biosolutions, and from enhanced efficiency fertilisers to stakeholder engagement. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to view a series of questions and answers about Green Horizons.
At the core of Green Horizons is our five point plan to help prepare for, and meet, the challenges of tomorrow, while ensuring that agriculture remains sustainable and profitable. The five point plan covers the action we are taking in each of the following areas:
An Insight Report that pulls together all of the projects, research and ongoing work that Agrii is involved in, within each area will be produced for each of the five points of the plan, over the course of the next year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has always been the cornerstone of Agrii’s approach to sustainable farming systems. What Green Horizons will do is provide a 5-point framework of commitments to ensure key challenges such as improvements in soil health, enhanced environmental training and mitigating the effects of climate change are fully embraced within our agronomic approach.
Over the years Agrii has been involved with many research projects on healthy soils. These include;
- Detailed examination of the benefits and positioning of cover crops;
- Research into appropriate cultivations for specific crop & field situations;
- Working with the Centre of Ecology & Hydrology on determining what is meant by a healthy soil and how cropping and cultivation types can influence the balance;
- Research into the benefits of composts on soil fauna and crop yield;
- As a founder partner of the Harper Adams Soil & Water Management Centre, annual conferences have been held each year, at which independent soil experts have spoken.
Because of delays to the introduction of ELMS, we do not yet know if, or how, measurements of soil health will be incorporated into targets. In the meantime, we have been working with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to develop a more accurate way of measuring soil health than the Solvita test which we currently offer. After a pilot scheme in 2018/19, in 2019/20 Agrii provided 400 soil samples which are currently being profiled. The outcome of this project is yet to be known, but we hope will provide us with information to put towards a validated soil health measurement tool.
Taking account of varying scenarios is important when giving agricultural and environmental advice. More often than not, a blanket one size fits all approach is not appropriate nor adequate enough. Within Agrii there is a team dedicated to providing internal and external environmental support on areas such as NVZ compliance, water and soil protection, environmental stewardship, biodiversity improvements, habitat creation, policy advice and grant funding. To find your local environmental adviser please speak to your usual Agrii contact, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Agrii’s Net Zero iFarm will be exploring ways to grow a profitable crop using methods with a proven lower carbon footprint. It will put sustainable farming systems into practice, to understand the benefits they have for the environment, and also their effects on yields, agronomic features and gross margins. It will account for not only factors that generate emissions such as fertiliser applications and cultivations, but also on enhancing features that sequester carbon, such as soils and hedgerows. Once developed, this iFarm will help growers better understand how to reduce their carbon footprint, working towards achieving the NFU’s goal of net zero by 2040.
We are actively addressing the question of food waste through different collaborative projects.
Over the last three years, Agrii has been involved in the ‘Agrocycle’
project, which aims to demonstrate how we can influence EU policy to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030. By being involved in projects like this, we are actively addressing how we can use agri-food waste to add value to our agricultural systems, creating a more circular economy.
Internally, we are also managing our crops and produce to reduce quality loss, which will ultimately reduce the level of food waste.