Physical and online conference at Harper Adams Soil & Water Management Centre on 7th December.

Conference programme

  • 09.15 Registration opens – hot beverages available
  • 09.50 Introduction – Guy Smith, Essex farmer and past Deputy President, NFU
  • 10.00 Pathways to sustainable agriculture - Chloe MacLaren – Rothamsted Research
  • 10.30 Improving Nutrient Use Efficiency, Andrew Riche – Rothamsted Research
  • 11.00 Umbilical spreading of digestate, Ian Rudge - Agrii / ex. Bedfordia Farms
  • 11.30 Refreshment break
  • 11.50 Improving farm and soil resilience with the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), Philippa Mansfield – Catchment Sensitive Farming, Natural England
  • 12.20 Electrocoagulation, Marie Kirby – Harper Adams University
  • 12.50 Lunch, videos, short tour of the Electrocoagulation plant, posters
  • 14.10 Collaborative research with farmers to test the practicalities and benefits of mixed species cropping, Alison Karley – James Hutton Institute
  • 14.40 Growing clover as a companion crop, Mark Lea, farmer case study – Green Acres Farm
  • 15.00 Regen vs conventional – a systems study, Joe Collins, PhD student – Harper Adams
  • 15.30 Under-storey sowing of crops, Neil Furniss, farmer case study – ME Furniss & Sons
  • 15.50 Panel discussion
  • 16.15 Close

 

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