AIC and VI launch an Integrated Pest Management Infographic for Grassland Farmers

An infographic explaining how Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices are used effectively in grassland has been developed by the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) in collaboration with the Voluntary Initiative (VI).

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The infographic has been created to help industry stakeholders better understand the key grassland IPM measures being advised on by BASIS-registered agronomistsFACTS-qualified advisersFeed Adviser Register (FAR) advisers and seed advisers.

IPM is a holistic approach to sustainable agriculture that focuses on managing insects, weeds and diseases through a combination of cultural, physical, biological and chemical methods that are cost-effective, environmentally sound and socially acceptable.

The informative new resource is designed to assist AIC Member businesses in the Animal Feed and Crop Protection & Agronomy sectors in conversations with policymakers and industry stakeholders on IPM and the many important actions taken to deliver this on farm. A pdf version of the infographic can be downloaded here.

AIC has previously developed similar infographics for the arable and horticulture sector.  These can be downloaded for the VI's IPM Resources page here.

The Grassland IPM infographic outlines 18 key measures that can be used through the cropping year on farms but this is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

There is an increased focus on implementing IPM across all food and non-food production which is driven by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) aim cited in the draft National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides to increase the uptake of IPM and sustainable crop protection.

Retailers are also aligning with farmers and growers who practice regenerative agricultural practices.

To view and download a digital version of AIC's grassland IPM infographic, click below.

A print-ready PDF file and hard copies of this and the arable and horticulture infographics are available by contacting AIC's Head of Crop Protection & Agronomy Hazel Doonan.