Industry first: Terravesta Athena™ Miscanthus
In an industry first, Cope Seeds is partnering with Miscanthus specialist, Terravesta, to market its rhizome hybrid Terravesta Athena™
Farmers can now benefit from a finance package from Oxbury Bank to remove virtually all upfront costs of establishment as well as new direct, long-term offtake agreements with end-users, to deliver 10-15-year index-linked annual returns.
The new opportunity has been launched to help support the growing need to decarbonise the UK economy with bio-based solutions, and the first dedicated study into the Miscanthus carbon life-cycle shows the crop to be net carbon negative, capturing net 0.64 tonnes of carbon (2.35 tonnes of CO2e) per hectare, per year in the soil, at the very least.
“We work with organic and regenerative farmers, and believe Miscanthus is part of a wide mix of solutions to help store carbon, enhance biodiversity and improve soils on less productive land. This new partnership extends our offering to growers, and will support the need to decarbonise agriculture, to reach net zero by 2050.”
Gemma Clarke, MD of Cope Seeds
Miscanthus is a long-term perennial crop suited to less productive fields and farmers can now benefit from a finance package from Oxbury Bank to remove virtually all upfront costs of establishment as well as new direct, long-term offtake agreements with end-users, to deliver 10-15-year index-linked annual returns.
“Cope Seeds is a fellow Lincolnshire-based business operating all over the UK, and prioritises regenerative crop varieties suited to agroecological, low input or organic systems.
“The addition of Terravesta AthenaTM to the Cope Seeds portfolio is a milestone for Terravesta, where Miscanthus sits alongside arable varieties, as a key part of the climate change solution, but not competing with food production.”
Alex Robinson, Terravesta’s chief operating officer