Sheep on grassland

Regenerative farming looks to optimise the use of the ecological system and environment, in order to benefit from the natural ecosystem services that they provide.

The five key principles of regenerative agriculture are:

  1. Minimise soil disturbance - adopting reduced or zero tillage practices
  2. Keep soil covered - minimising the amount of time that the soil is left bare, especially in winter, by covering with cover crops and leys
  3. Maintain living roots, which help stabilise the soil, prevent nutrient run-off and actively input carbon into the soil.
  4. Diversify rotations - Include leys and diversify crops grown
  5. Integrate livestock. Livestock can eat the grass grown to cover soil between arable rotations, and their manure can add valuable nutrients into the soil, reducing the need for fertilisers. 

Minimise soil disturbance

  • The adoption of less intensive tillage practices, such as zero tillage, reduced tillage and conservation tillage, are less damaging to soil structure than conventional tillage (ploughing and harrowing)
  • Enhances soil biology (e.g. numbers and diversity of earthworms)
  • Increases surface organic matter levels, important for establishing a seed bed and crops

Keeping the soil covered and maintaining living roots

  • Provide over-winter cover, minimising soil erosion, weeds and nitrate leaching
  • Increase N retention, providing nutrients to the next crop
  • Provide benefits for soil structure, water holding capacity and enhanced porosity
  • Enhances earthworm numbers

Diversifying the rotation and introducing grass and livestock

  • Introducing leys (short-term grassland into rotation)
  • These leys can be used for grazing animals - returning of litter and manures to the soils to enhance soil organic matter
  • Enhancing the diversity of rotations and grass swards provides a variety of rooting structures for healthier soils with better hydrological and nutrient functioning.
  • Enhanced plant diversity is beneficial to wildlife, pollinators
  • Diversifying crop rotations helps prevent the build-up of certain weeds and pathogens

 

The Regenerative Agriculture movement is continually adapting and expanding, and there is no agreed definition. Provide your comments below and add any useful sources of knowledge.

 

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Very interesting Twitter thread here discussing definitions of regenerative Agriculture and addressing questions such as "Is regen possible without livestock & adding manures?" and " Regen arable practitioners in the UK cut back on artificial N & fungicides, why not herbicides?" https://twitter.com/dikesmarshfarm/status/1534803378861232129

This report is highlighted in the thread "The Potential for an agroecological approach in Scotland: policy brief" from SRUC & JHI published in 2021 https://www.climatexchange.org.uk/media/5146/cxc-the-potential-for-an-a…

 

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Used to rate content for audience appropriateness. This tag has little known influence on search engine rankings, but can be used by browsers, browser extensions, and apps. The most common options are general, mature, restricted, 14 years, safe for kids. If you follow the RTA Documentation you should enter RTA-5042-1996-1400-1577-RTA
Indicate to search engines and other page scrapers whether or not links should be followed. See the W3C specifications for further details.
Tell search engines when to index the page again. Very few search engines support this tag, it is more useful to use an XML Sitemap file.
Control when the browser's internal cache of the current page should expire. The date must to be an RFC-1123-compliant date string that is represented in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), e.g. 'Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:12:56 GMT'. Set to '0' to stop the page being cached entirely.

The Open Graph meta tags are used to control how Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other social networking sites interpret the site's content.

The Facebook Sharing Debugger lets you preview how your content will look when it's shared to Facebook and debug any issues with your Open Graph tags.

The URL of an image which should represent the content. The image must be at least 200 x 200 pixels in size; 600 x 316 pixels is a recommended minimum size, and for best results use an image least 1200 x 630 pixels in size. Supports PNG, JPEG and GIF formats. Should not be used if og:image:url is used. Note: if multiple images are added many services (e.g. Facebook) will default to the largest image, not specifically the first one. Multiple values may be used, separated by a comma. Note: Tokens that return multiple values will be handled automatically. This will be able to extract the URL from an image field if the field is configured properly.
The URL of an video which should represent the content. For best results use a source that is at least 1200 x 630 pixels in size, but at least 600 x 316 pixels is a recommended minimum. Object types supported include video.episode, video.movie, video.other, and video.tv_show. Multiple values may be used, separated by a comma. Note: Tokens that return multiple values will be handled automatically.
A alternative version of og:image and has exactly the same requirements; only one needs to be used. Multiple values may be used, separated by a comma. Note: Tokens that return multiple values will be handled automatically. This will be able to extract the URL from an image field if the field is configured properly.
The secure URL (HTTPS) of an image which should represent the content. The image must be at least 200 x 200 pixels in size; 600 x 316 pixels is a recommended minimum size, and for best results use an image least 1200 x 630 pixels in size. Supports PNG, JPEG and GIF formats. Multiple values may be used, separated by a comma. Note: Tokens that return multiple values will be handled automatically. This will be able to extract the URL from an image field if the field is configured properly. Any URLs which start with "http://" will be converted to "https://".
The type of image referenced above. Should be either 'image/gif' for a GIF image, 'image/jpeg' for a JPG/JPEG image, or 'image/png' for a PNG image. Note: there should be one value for each image, and having more than there are images may cause problems.
The date this content was last modified, with an optional time value. Needs to be in ISO 8601 format. Can be the same as the 'Article modification date' tag.
The date this content was last modified, with an optional time value. Needs to be in ISO 8601 format.
The date this content will expire, with an optional time value. Needs to be in ISO 8601 format.

A set of meta tags specially for controlling the summaries displayed when content is shared on Twitter.

Notes:
  • no other fields are required for a Summary card
  • Photo card requires the 'image' field
  • Media player card requires the 'title', 'description', 'media player URL', 'media player width', 'media player height' and 'image' fields,
  • Summary Card with Large Image card requires the 'Summary' field and the 'image' field,
  • Gallery Card requires all the 'Gallery Image' fields,
  • App Card requires the 'iPhone app ID' field, the 'iPad app ID' field and the 'Google Play app ID' field,
  • Product Card requires the 'description' field, the 'image' field, the 'Label 1' field, the 'Data 1' field, the 'Label 2' field and the 'Data 2' field.
A description that concisely summarizes the content of the page, as appropriate for presentation within a Tweet. Do not re-use the title text as the description, or use this field to describe the general services provided by the website. The string will be truncated, by Twitter, at the word to 200 characters.
By default Twitter tracks visitors when a tweet is embedded on a page using the official APIs. Setting this to 'on' will stop Twitter from tracking visitors.
The URL to a unique image representing the content of the page. Do not use a generic image such as your website logo, author photo, or other image that spans multiple pages. Images larger than 120x120px will be resized and cropped square based on longest dimension. Images smaller than 60x60px will not be shown. If the 'type' is set to Photo then the image must be at least 280x150px. This will be able to extract the URL from an image field if the field is configured properly.
The MIME type for the media contained in the stream URL, as defined by RFC 4337.