Now in its second year, Countryside COP provides a platform for anyone interested in the countryside to hear how the UK’s rural economy and agriculture can help tackle climate change and improve sustainability. Spokespeople from farming, local authority, education, research leaders and more will set out the challenges and vision for farming and the countryside.
Day 1: Monday 10th October
- Soil Health and Water Security
- This event is for farmers to share the results from the Farm Carbon Toolkit’s work with Yeo Valley on building soil carbon as part of a transition to regenerative farming. It is organised by Farm Carbon Toolkit (FCT) in association with Yeo Valley.
- with Becky Wilson & Liz Bowles
- In person event limited to 25 attendees - Register here
- Challenges for farming on lowland peat
- Cropping systems on lowland peat soils are high productive but have extremely high CO2 emissions. Join us to discuss what options are available to tackle these issues across lowland peat landscapes.
- Organised by FenlandSOIL, UKCEH, NIAB, WWF
- Meeting on Zoom - Register here
Day 2: Tuesday 11th October
- YEN Zero Discussion Workshop: The role of crop productivity in reaching agriculture net-zero
- This workshop will provide an introduction to the YEN Zero network and discussion around the importance of maintaining crop productivity when striving to reach net zero, due to the benefits to indirect land use change and freeing up land for biodiversity and carbon capture purposes. This event will include an audience participatory discussion around how we can reward growers for sustainable productivity.
- Christina Baxter, Toby Townsend & Daniel Kindred from ADAS, plus others
- Online meeting - Register here
Day 3: Wednesday 12th October
- Net Zero from Productive Grasslands
- UK grasslands supply the majority of feed to ruminant livestock. This workshop explores grassland forage options that can reduce emissions and maintain productivity. It will present new plant technologies to improve the efficiency of plant to animal protein conversion and explore ways of reducing methane from ruminants
- Paul Billings and David Lloyd from Germinal, Jon Moorby & Christina Marley from Aberystwyth University
Day 4: Thursday 13th October
Financing Green: The role of external finance in helping UK farming achieve net zero goals.
UK farming is a global leader in the production of climate friendly food with the ambition to become net zero by 2040. Agriculture is also on the frontline of many climate impacts and it is essential that the UK’s farmers are resilient and able to operate viable businesses and produce food in a more challenging climate. For some farmers and agri businesses meeting net zero ambitions and building resilience may require external investment. This session, supported by the NFU and UK Finance, will explore different finance options and provide practical advice for those considering external investment.