The third Teagasc legume innovation and networking workshop will take place on Wednesday 3 March at 9.30am as an interactive webinar.

The Farm to Fork strategy in the EU green deal aims to lower fertiliser nitrogen (N) use.

Legumes can replace fertiliser N on farms, lowering greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and improving water quality.

Speaking in advance of the webinar, Teagasc researcher and organiser of the webinar James Humphreys said white and red clover, beans and other legumes will have an increasingly important role in the future of Irish agriculture.

“The ability of legumes to fix nitrogen and make it available for growing crops is key to sustainable agricultural systems in the years ahead. It will reduce our dependence on artificial fertiliser and reduce the emissions from the sector.”


Professor Bob Rees will discuss the UK’s ambition to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and will consider the role of legumes and how they can be most effectively incorporated into farming systems to achieve net-zero policy targets.

The other speakers are Teagasc organic specialist Elaine Leavy, head of Teagasc crops knowledge transfer department Michael Hennessy and general manager with Goldcrop responsible for grass and forage crop seeds Dave Barry.

They will discuss prospects for greater legume use on grassland, arable and organic farms.

For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.