The company has always been quick to adopt new technology in the interests of improving the quality of the end product: it has its own solar power installation – whose entire output is used by the business itself – it employs GPS navigation systems, and uses a terrain and production mapping system that helps optimise the use of fertilisers and seed crops. Our ongoing and constant commitment to producing a quality, wholesome and natural product has led us, over the last year, to subscribe to the EU’s SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE and CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE initiatives and adopt Measure 10.2.1 of the Piedmont PSR (Rural Development Programme). (Got to the Download Area for a copy of the Register of Cultivation Operations). After each harvest, the soil undergoes “minimal working” wherein only the top 10-12 cm are turned. This partially buries the residual vegetable matter left over after harvesting, and allows us to lay a strata of “green manure” while inhibiting the leeching of the soil (conservation agriculture). During the spring, this layer is further incorporated to increase the level of organic matter in the soil by further working the surface (subsoil tilling or disc harrowing). We dug ditches around each paddy field to help maintain a constant water presence, an effective method for supporting animal life in rice-production areas (Measure 10.2.1 of the Piedmont PSR). The only herbicides we use are selected specifically to counter the pests we actually detect. We insist on the latest molecular formulations, which have been developed to reduce the impact on both the crop and the environment. They are applied using a boomed “wick applicator”, which allows us to eliminate unwanted plants without contaminating the crop, – effectively reducing the reserves of pest seed in the soil – while avoiding more diffuse, full-field treatments.