“We need to make the best possible use of our land resource for the benefit of our rural population and do that in a way that is truly sustainable” – this was a core message Michael Hoey of Country Crest delivered at last week’s Irish Tillage and Land Use Society (ITLUS) conference.

This conference focused on making the best use of land and discussed alternatives to conacre which allow for land and productivity improvement. Rented land is a big proportion of the total area sown to crops and, with margins perennially tight, the productivity of this land is essential to profitability.