Jim McAdam has just returned from a 2 –week visit to the Falkland Islands and southern Chile under the auspices of the United Kingdom Falkland Islands Trust.
While in the islands Jim gave a public lecture on the potential implications of climate change on agriculture and visited the Government Research Farm at Saladero. There he saw some shelterbelt plantations he had been instrumental in initiating almost 20 yrs ago, reseeding trials and native pasture utilisation. Local conservation organisation Falklands Conservation was keen to show Jim trials using native grasses to restore some heavily (very!) eroded areas. He also met with the Governor, The Rt Hon Colin Roberts, Director of Education, Tom Hill , Head of the Dept of Agriculture Ian Campbell, Senior Agronomist Adam Dawes and Head of Renewable Energy Resources in FIDC, Andrew Crighton.
In Chile he and, Dr Sergio Radic visited some plots where Tussac Grass grass (Poa flabellata) has been used to enhance current forage quality.