The Hutchinsons Environmental team provide farmers and other organisations with professional, impartial, high quality advice on the environmental issues affecting agriculture. Hutchinsons have historically played a leading role in industry stewardship through the Voluntary Initiative and other projects. Advisors are specialists and act as fee paid consultants providing a complementary service to that provided by the arable and horticultural agronomists.
Hutchinsons was one of the first organisations to be involved with the Biodiversity Environmental Training Award (BETA) as well as the Plant Protection Award that both focus on the importance of environmental protection and sustainable crop production.
The main areas of activity the environmental team to date have been:
Higher Tier (formerly HLS) and Middle Tier (formerly ELS) advice and support
Cross Compliance advice
Completion of Cross Compliance Soil Protection Reviews
Soil, nutrient, and manure management plans
Waste to Land applications
Compliance with Nitrate Vulnerable Zone legislation
Manure sampling and interpretation
Grain sampling for nitrogen and sulphur content including interpretation
Training of farmers and other groups on environmental issues