Educating, inspiring and empowering current and future farmers to achieve net zero within a sustainable farming and food system.

It is a huge time for farming: there are so many positive steps we can do now to positively change the future.

Our vision: educating, inspiring and empowering current and future farmers to achieve net zero within a sustainable farming and food system.

The School of Sustainable Food and Farming (SSFF) enables farmers to understand how to produce food sustainably, expanding the industry's knowledge on the environment, animal welfare, positive farming relationships and skills at the heart of producing nutritious, tasty, British food.

We want to equip farmers with the skills and knowledge to reach ‘net zero’, bringing this to life through training with trusted advisors. The school will be a central hub for farmers to share their understanding on sustainable farming linking with the next generation. There is the ability to ensure improved farm systems for farmers. This means a lowered emissions footprint and improved sequestration offsetting on a whole farm system approach.

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NFU

The NFU represents more than 46,000 farming and growing businesses. Our purpose is to champion British agriculture and horticulture, to campaign for a stable and sustainable future for British farmers and to secure the best possible deal for our members. We strive to protect and promote British farm life and give our members a voice now and in the future.

In 2015, the UK pledged to be Net Zero by 2050, with the NFU striving for the more ambitious target of 2040. Net Zero is when the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted is balanced with those removed from the atmosphere to combat climate change and reduce global warming. Whilst contributing to 10% of the total GHG emissions, the agricultural industry sits in the unique position of controlling a significant land base that can be used to implement natural solutions to climate change, such as capturing carbon via sequestration into soils and vegetation.

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Connect here with important providers of education and skills for UK agriculture.   BASIS offers a range of training courses for advisers, farmers and land managers at all levels, from agronomy and nutrition to soil, water and biodiversity.  To find out more, please visit: https://basis-reg.co.uk/training or contact your local BASIS Approved Training provider.

Knowledge Exchange in Agriculture in the UK is diverse, with many organisations involved. That is part of the reason for creating Farm-PEP, to help provide connections to what many percieve as a fragmented landscape.

As the population grows, so do our demands on the planet. Managing this resource has never been so important. Since it was founded in 1901, Harper has been designed to meet this challenge. Set on a 494 hectare farm, we are the leading specialist university tackling the future development of our planet's food production, processing, animal sciences, engineering, land management and sustainable business.

The School of Sustainable Food and Farming Journey to Net Zero Competition is looking to support the development or implementation of a system, process or processes which will have a positive, measurable impact on how winners can farm in a sustainable way. There is a total of £50k available which will be awarded in grants of between £5k-20k.