In recognition of World Wetlands Day, Bernie, a third-generation farmer hailing from Toughereen, Co. Kildare, was featured on “Country Life with MJ Cleary” on Midlands 103, where he discussed his role as a Farmer Liaison Officer for the FarmPEAT European Innovation Partnership in Agriculture (EIP-AGRI) project.
Bernie emphasised his crucial position as a bridge connecting farmers with the project team, actively championing sustainable farming practices. His involvement in the FarmPEAT project includes facilitating peer-to-peer learning, delivering presentations at conferences on topics like carbon capturing and biodiversity, and disseminating valuable information to fellow farmers.
Bernie sheds light on the environmental measures that farmers can adopt on their farms to qualify for a FarmPEAT payment. Participants in the EIP-AGRI project undertake various measures, receiving scores based on the relevant actions implemented on their farms. This scoring system determines the additional income they receive, contributing to financial sustainability. The overarching goal of the FarmPEAT EIP-AGRI project is to preserve landscapes and biodiversity while fostering knowledge and innovation within the farming community.
To learn more about Bernie’s story, read our case study feature on about his farm.