The most common herbicide in Ireland is MCPA, a powerful chemical compound which is used for rush control in grassland. In the case of poor farm practice, these solutions can make their way into waterways, which has potential health and environmental implications. Drinking-water regulations state a permissible trace of 0.10mg/l is allowable, a level which ensures no impact on human health. To address this environmental safety measure, the EU-backed Train Operators to Promote best management Practices & Sustainability (TOPPS) programme hosted training events at Ballyhaise, Kildalton, and Pallaskenry Agricultural Colleges this week.

Best management practices