Caroline Hébert began a continuous education project in southwest France three years ago, bringing together local leaders in agricultural innovation to encourage the exchange of best practices and knowledge sharing. Her organisation runs workshops, debates and farm visits with a particular focus on no-till agriculture, providing a valuable resource for farmers who often work in isolation with little input from outside. The events provide opportunities for both organic and conventional farmers to swap ideas.
France is behind the likes of the United States, Brazil and Argentina in no-till agricultural practices, and also lags Germany and others in Europe. Spreading information on the practice, methodology and practical application would help introduce the benefits to French farmers, something that could be encouraged via the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.