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Jim McAdam

Branch Head
Agri–Food and Biosciences Institute

Renewables, Agri-Environment, Rural-Development

Tell us about your background and your current role…

Agricultural scientist specialising in agri–environment measures and in the potential for agroforestry systems to deliver across a range of ecosystem services. Currently head the Crops Grassland and Ecology branch in AFBI. Responsible for research teams in renewable energy, plant breeding and testing, biodiversity and horticulture.

With regard to climate change what are the current issues facing your sector/area of expertise?

Adapting to land–use demands for energy cropping: shifting agriculture from a dominance of livestock production to a more balanced, sustainable farm structure with greater emphasis on crop production than at present.

With regard to climate change, what do you expect the future issues and solutions to be in your sector/area of expertise?

My sector aims to inform DAERA policy on these issues and help them make more informed decisions.