Land Stewardship

Quantity and Quality

Land stewardship is a method of promoting farming management systems that strike a balance between the goals of economic viability combined with conservation of the environment and biodiversity.

We treat each farm with care as if it was our only farm. Stewardship of the land that the farmers have entrusted to our care is a top priority for Pence Group. Things like erosion and drainage are controlled by adding tile, waterways, dry dams, and other structures to the land as needed.

Our goal is to maximize the crop potential, but not compromise the quality of the farm.

Environmental Factors

We seek to ensure a healthy and productive environment for the next generation. Erosion and drainage is controlled by adding tile, waterways, dry dams, and other structures in the field as needed. Tillage is minimized to prevent erosion of fields at risk for soil loss.

We are particular about each farming operation so that we can maximize the crop potential but not compromise the quality of the farm. Weed control is yet another issue that is important to us, and we typically spray the weeds soon after our spring planting. Our intent is for our fields to be clean and neat.

We also take pride in mowing the grassy roadsides, and waterways associated with our fields several times in the spring and summer. We strive to complete the planting and harvesting operations in a timely manner (weather permitting). Because we treat all of our rented acres as if we own them, we continually work to improve them.

Our Commitment

Land stewardship is currently used in the combined practice of farming and exploitation of land and as a tool for environmental conservation, especially in Catalonia, the island of Menorca (Balearic Islands) and the Madrid region, and in certain places in the rest of Spain.

This approach is applied with variations by 100 farmers and 20 land stewardship organisations, some more centred on conservation and restoration of the habitat, others more orientated towards maintenance of the landscape and civic support for farming and farmers.

All this is based on a firm commitment (stewardship/sustainable farming practices agreement) between farmers and local civic land stewardship groups.

Our promise

The impact of land stewardship

Land stewardship is currently used in the combined practice of farming and exploitation of land and as a tool for environmental conservation, especially in Catalonia, the island of Menorca (Balearic Islands) and the Madrid region, and in certain places in the rest of Spain. This approach is applied with variations by 100 farmers and 20 land stewardship organisations, some more centred on conservation and restoration of the habitat, others more orientated towards maintenance of the landscape and civic support for farming and farmers. All this is based on a firm commitment (stewardship/sustainable farming practices agreement) between farmers and local civic land stewardship groups.

Innovative actions, goals and operational aspects of the project:

  • Land stewardship is a method of promoting farming management systems that strike a balance between the goals of economic viability combined with conservation of the environment and biodiversity.
  • Voluntary stewardship agreements on sustainable farming practices between the farmer or owner and a land stewardship organisation (land trust); both parties undertake to achieve the greatest environmental value possible based on a list of measures.
  • The agreement makes it possible for other interested parties to collaborate: consumers, volunteers, public institutions and companies from other sectors.
  • Stewardship organisations, farmers and/or owners undertake to control the environmental and conservation effects of the agreements.
  • The creation of regional networks with the land stewardship entities and farmers makes it possible to extend support measures such as social marketing tools and messages; instruments of social trade (stewardship market); educational activities at farms; advice and capacity building; and political and social impact.

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what we deliver

Bringing value to your farm through integrated solutions.

Our water management solutions, seed selection and knowledge to bring these together delivers the perfect balance of crop management maximizing your yields.