This Teagasc webinar is all about ASSAP – the Agricultural…
Teagasc water quality week: 22-26 March
Beginning on World Water Day, the Teagasc Water Quality Week runs throughout the week of Monday 22 March to Friday 26 March. Water quality week is being organised in collaboration with the dairy processing co-ops and the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO). During the week Teagasc and its partners will provide water quality focused information and advice to farmers to help minimise losses of nutrients, sediment and pesticides to water from their farming practices.
Water Quality Week will cover a broad range of topics and will be available to farmers and the public, primarily through short videos posted on www.teagasc.ie, social media channels and digital media platforms, and also print articles in local print media. Each day will be dedicated to a particular theme and will look to explain a range of water quality problems and provide practical advice and solutions to farmers.Noel Meehan, Programme Manager with the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP)
Water Quality Week Events
|Monday 22 March
|Water Quality and Catchment Management
|Tuesday 23 March
|Utilising Nitrogen Inputs Efficiently
|Wednesday 24 March
|Breaking the pathway’ of Phosphorus and Sediment loss
|Thursday 25 March
|Protecting Water from Pesticide losses
|Friday 26 March
|Managing your Farmyard and Signpost Webinar
LAWPRO will get the ball rolling on World Water Day, Monday 22 March. They will explore the importance of water quality to farmers and explain how water quality is measured and where the public can access information on the streams and rivers of Ireland.
On Tuesday 23 March the Teagasc and Co-op ASSAP advisors will provide information on nitrogen with the help of researchers from Teagasc Johnstown Castle. Information will be provided on how nitrate interacts with soil and what farmers can do to minimise diffuse nitrate losses form their farms.
This will be followed on Wednesday 24 March with a similar discussion on diffuse phosphorus (P) and sediment losses to waters and how farmers can ‘break the pathway’ of P and sediment losses by putting the right measure in the right locations on farms.
The focus on Thursday 25 March will be on pesticide use on farms and how these can impact streams and rivers and also drinking water supplies. There will also be a focus on the roles that agro forestry and wetlands can play in helping to protect and improve water quality.
On Friday 26 March the week will be closed out by explaining the importance of good farmyard management practices as these play a vital role in minimising point source losses of nutrients. There will also be an opportunity to tune into the weekly Teagasc Signpost Webinar for additional information and discussions on the topics covered by water quality week.