Jer­sey choos­es LEAF Mar­que to deliv­er more sus­tain­able farming

Jersey’s dairy and arable farm­ers are being asked to become LEAF Mar­que cer­ti­fied as part of the Island’s new rur­al sup­port scheme.

Jersey’s dairy and arable farmers are being asked to become LEAF Marque certified as part of the Island’s new rural support scheme, which requires them to follow internationally recognised sustainable farming practices. Under the Rural Economy Strategy 2017 - 2021, which aims to grow Jersey’s rural economy while safeguarding its countryside and environment, farmers must be LEAF Marque certified by 2019.

The LEAF Marque is an environmental assurance system recognising more sustainably farmed products and is underpinned by the sustainable farming principles of Integrated Farm Management (IFM). A number of LEAF’s technical team recently visited Jersey to meet with farmers to discuss LEAF Marque requirements and offer training in topics such as soil management and fertility, pollution control, animal husbandry, energy efficiency and nature conservation. The training, funded by Jersey’s Department of the Environment, was well received by farmers.

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