Webinar Schedule


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Webinar Schedule

Cereals LIVE is bringing to you a jam-packed, stimulating seminar programme through webinars directly to your screen, which you won't want to miss. There will be 18 webinars delivered across the two days from the Cereals AHDB theatre, Young Farmers' & Sustainability theatre, Grain Exchange theatre & DIT Innovation & Tech Theatre, shown below is the full webinar timetable.

10 Jun 2020
  1. Chaired by Karl Schneider, Editor of Farmers Weekly

    With resistance to pesticides increasingly compromising control, this session explores new strategies to get ‘more from less’ in managing weeds, pests and disease.

    08.00     Introduction and poll question by Chair Karl Schneider, Editor of Farmers Weekly

    08.04     AHDB’s Paul Neve looks at smarter solutions for next generation crop protection and IPM in the arable rotation.

    08.12     NIAB's Bill Clark says it’s time to ditch those high yielding ‘disease-prone’ varieties. A fungicide armoury that can no longer tackle resistance alongside a potential reduction of £60/ha in fungicide costs makes the case for choosing varieties that are more disease-hardy compelling.

    08.20     John Hawkins, Dorset farmer, has adopted a low input regenerative farming approach which, alongside a water quality trial, is delivering significant economic and environmental benefits.

    08.28     Lise Jorgensen, Aarhus University provides an overview of Danish farming experiences in cutting back on pesticides

    08.35     Karl presents Poll question findings and fields questions for the speakers from the Webinar Audience

    08.45     FINISH




  2. Understanding the key issues affecting rural young people today and their views on what needs to change post-Brexit, is the aim of new research that is being launched by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).  NFYFC wants to hear from all who care about the future of their rural environment and British countryside.
  3. Chaired by Cath Crowther, CLA Eastern Regional Director

    Farmers can play a key role in managing ecosystem services for society; from carbon sequestration to flood risk management, air and water quality. There’s an emerging market for natural capital. This session explores how farmers can tap into the opportunity.

    • Emily Norton, Savills talks about understanding what you have by accounting for Natural Capital, which is key to supporting the recognition and reward that is needed for ‘good farming’

    • Prof David Hill, Environment Bank explores practical and effective compensation solutions for regenerating biodiversity for landowners and farmers.

    • Guy Thompson, Entrade reviews the opportunities for farmers in water, nitrates and carbon trading and sequestration funding.

    • Ben Wills outlines Beeswax Farming’s natural capital strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and carbon sequestration



  4. Chaired by Jane King, AHDB

    What impact will Coronavirus have now and in the future for UK farmers, food security and global trade

    • Victoria Prentis, DEFRA Parliamentary Under Secretary, provides an update on the Government's plans and support for Coronavirus - and where Brexit negotiations currently stand

    •  Prof Tim Benton, Chatham Organisation, explores how food security has taken on a new imperative in light of the global pandemic and some countries moving towards food protectionism

    • Minette Batters, NFU President reviews the opportunities and challenges for UK arable farmers presented by the current situation

    • Dr Ludivine Petetin from Cardiff University reviews how Coronavirus and Brexit are impacting and informing the UK's food security and trading position




  5. Chaired by Martin Grantley-Smith, AHDB’s Director of Cereals and Oilseeds

    The Government’s Agriculture Bill places environment and other public benefits at the heart of any new support (ELMS) for UK farmers. This session explores how arable businesses can, or are, adjusting to the new opportunities.

    • James LePage, Defra spells out ELMS, providing an update and guidance on the Government plans and environmental incentives for arable farmers

    • George Badger, Strutt and Parker rethinks the arable rotation and explores how environmental management can be used to benefit both the farming operations and finances.

    • Nick Bruce-White, RSPB says biodiversity pays and explains how profitable farming can go hand in hand with wildlife-friendly practices to deliver benefits for all.

    • Fiona Tweedie, ADAS and Stephen Siddorn, Percy Farms, describe the experience of being part of one of Defra’s tests and trials for ELMS.



  6. Chaired by Tom Allen-Stevens, CPM Editor

    With the pesticide armoury available to UK arable growers shrinking fast due to regulation or resistance, this session explores other cost-effective solutions to tackle weeds, pests and disease.

    • Dr Roma Gwynn of BioRationale explores the potential of biopesticides, such as insect-killing bacteria, in tackling pests and diseases on UK arable farms.

    • Dr Rachel Wells, John Innes Centre provides an insight into how breeding for genetic resistance to cabbage stem flea beetle could provide the answer that growers are looking for.

    • Dr Samantha Cook, behavioural ecologist at Rothamsted Research, considers how natural enemies like parasitic wasps, as well as trap crops and colour diversity, could help combat pest like flea and pollen beetle. 

    • John Cussans, NIAB tackles blackgrass control options as resistance forces arable farmers to rethink everything from the rotation to cultivations and herbicide timings.

    • Katie Bliss, Agricology, joins the Q&A panel session



  7. Chaired by Caroline Drummond, LEAF CEO

    This session explores ways to improve soil health – key to creating a resilient economically and environmentally sustainable farming system

    Clive Bailye, TWB Farms, Staffordshire, was the inaugural Soil Farmer of the Year in 2016, and discusses how he is using cover cropping, zero tillage and rotational diversity to improve soil fertility.

    •Tom Chapman, Innovation4Agriculture, reviews the soil health benefits and practicalities of introducing animals into an arable system

    •Julian Gold is putting controlled traffic farming and minimal tillage at the heart of his strategy to prioritise soil health on his 750ha arable business.

    •Sam Walker shares his organic farming best practice to improve soil health on his organic beef and arable farmer at Stantyway Farm, Offerton.




  8. Chaired by Milly Fyfe NFYFC Chairman

    Covid-19, the phasing out of the basic payment and Brexit will result in a massive restructure of the industry, opening up new challenges but also new opportunities for forward-thinking farmers. 

    • Jeremy Moody, CAAV examines the issues, including housing and tenancy reforms, and where Government needs to provide direction and support

    • Delyth Jones, Venture explores the opportunity that share farming and other options can provide young entrants. 

    • Dan Frost talks about his journey, as an engineer and teacher's son with no family farming background, to securing a 90-acre arable tenancy in Peterborough County Council.

    • Matt Redman started a contracting business five years ago, which not only enabled him to build a high-tech machinery fleet and take on a 1,000-acre arable tenancy at Landbeach, Cambs.


  9. Chaired by Tom Bradshaw, NFU Vice President

    This session explores what skills are needed to stay on top of new technologies and business opportunities, as well as how to improve your own personal influence and performance.

    • Beverly Dixon, chair of the CPD work stream on Agricultural and Horticultural Skills Leadership Group (SLG) and Group HR Director at G’s explores what new skills farmers need to deliver the highest professional standards and adapt to increasing technology

    • Oliver McEntyre, Barclays National Agriculture Strategy Director talks through making yourself more employable and marketable: Building your influence and authority is tricky when you are in the early stages of your career; bankers, dealers and distributors do not always take you seriously as the key decision-maker.

    •Simon Gadd heads up the NFU’s Next Generation board and addresses upskilling to focus on profitability, performance and productivity

    •David Goodwin Costow Farms talks about the important role that young farmers can play in influencing the industry beyond their own farm gate.



  10. Chaired by Mike Holland, Agricultural Law Association

    Succession planning is typically a very difficult subject for farming families to broach. This session draws on the experience of those who have done this and independent experts that are used to supporting businesses through this very important transition.

    • Ally Hunter Blair, Herefs arable farmer, addresses the elephant in the room - succession planning, which is often the hardest conversation for young farmers to broach with their families. His story shows that it isn't always easy, but it is essential

    • Becky Miles provides an independent perspective. She's a trained family farm facilitator in managing farm business change and succession.

    • Jane Hill, Safferey Champness shows how to avoid the tax pitfalls. She navigates the issues around inheritance and capital gains tax which are important to get right in succession planning with legislation tightening up.

    • David Fursdon provides a personal insight on attracting a ‘young succession’ from outside the family



11 Jun 2020
  1. Chaired by Matt Culley, NFU Crops Board

    Consumer interest in different grains, healthy proteins and green energy is opening up new cropping opportunities. This session explores some of the options currently available and new ones being explored.

    • Andrew Probert, Premium Crops Managing Director, reviews the economic and rotational value of specialist crops such as lupins, linseed, canary seed and millet
    • Skye Van Heyzen, Agrii Innovation Crops Product Manager, gives a glimpse of some new species, the benefits to arable rotations and efforts to get them to market  
    • Kevin Lindegaard, Crops4Energy talks about the market opportunities that willow, poplar, straw and other residues afford arable farmers in the form of biomass energy generation
    • Sophie Alexander, Organic Arable chair, has run both conventional and arable production side by side but has now moved the whole farm to organics to capitalise on higher margins


  2. Chaired by Miles Bradley, Cambridge FX

    This session explores way to optimise the value of your production by ensuring you meet buyers’ specifications, understand the small print of your contracts and manage risk.

    • Cecilia Pryce, Openfield, talks through the common pitfalls in the T & C’s of your contract and common compliance issues
    • James Bolesworth, CRM Commodities explores options and other marketing tools as a way to protect against price fluctuations and manage grain storage more efficiently
    • Rupert Wailes-Fairbairn, Lycetts explores how crop insurance can protect farmers against volatile weather and other natural events
    • James Rendell, BirdsEyeView talks about the future of crop insurance by using is looking to use aerial intelligence and cutting-edge technology to provide bespoke crop insurance for farmers


  3. Chaired by Paul Temple, AHDB

    The speakers in the session bring the latest insights and market outlooks for the international, domestic and emerging crop markets

    • Amy Reynolds, IGC International Agricultural Economist, provides an insight into the international market - the challenges and opportunities
    • David Eudall, AHDB Head of Arable Markets looks at the domestic market in the light of the consequences of Coranavirus and Brexit negotiations.
    • Jack Watts, NFU Agrifood Policy Delivery Manager provides an overview on proteins, alternative crops and emerging markets
    • Martin Farrow, General Manager of ADM Erith, reviews the global and domestic market for oilseed rape


  4. Chaired by Jonathan Scurlock, NFU

    This session explores what steps are needed to achieve net zero carbon emissions on arable farms and how to tackle the climate change impacts already being felt on farms. 

    • John Tucker, Woodland Trust explores tree tactics and how planting trees can help tackle climate change, increase soil health, reduce inputs and mitigate flooding.

    • Hugh Taylor, CEO Roadnight Taylor talks about harnessing flexible small-scale generation of renewable energies to generate power where it is needed most and create a low carbon future

    • Prof Jenni Dungait, Soil Health Expert provides advice on restoring soil structure, health and fertility to mitigate the impacts of climate change on soils

    Prof Dick Godwin, Harper Adams University provides advice on smart drainage solutions to tackle increasing rainfall intensity and seasonal variations which are creating floods on UK farmland

    • Steve Penfield, John Innes Centre looks at how can farmers adapt cropping, variety choice and management to mitigate the effects of changing temperatures and rainfall events




  5. Chaired by Anthony John, Department of International Trade

    This session explores the opportunity that plant breeding techniques such as gene editing and sequencing, alongside increasing collaboration between researchers and industry, offer in creating crops and varieties that are much fitter for a future that aims to be low in carbon and pesticide usage. 

    • Kim Hammond-Kosack, Rothamsted Research reveals a bold new resilient world in which breeding technologies will deliver resistance to aphids, take-all, septoria and slugs in the future
    • James Brosnan, chair of the International Barley Hub, which is galvanising the research community and supply chain to address the big issues of resilience and climate change, talks about the innovations coming barley’s way 
    • Cristobal Uauy gives an insight into CRISPR gene editing technology and how it can be used to produce new varieties with benefits to farming and the environment.
    • Rob Hiles, Syngenta looks at the potential benefits of hybrid wheats, which are getting closer to becoming a commercial reality.



  6. Chaired by Christopher Horne, Department of International Trade

    This session explores the new technologies in crop disease and fertiliser management including smart tools, new products and techniques. 

    • Dr Chris Hartfield, NFU introduces the NFU’s Plant Health Strategy
    • Fraser Black, CHAP CEO provides an update on Crop Pro, a smart support decision tool, which matches local growth stage to pest and disease risks – and provides spray window forecasts using bespoke weather monitoring
    • Fiona Burnett from SRUC explores sustainable solutions and research into sustainable disease control. 
    • Chris Gamble, Olmix looks at the benefits of biostimulants and how they should form a more routine part of the crop health armoury to boost crop resilience.
    • Natalie Wood, Yara provides evidence-based nutrient decision making to get more from your soils and crops.
    • Angela de Manzanos Guinot: Fungi Alert is a new soil health sensor that identifies what pathogens are present in the soil - a critical starting point to creating healthy soils and healthy crops


  7. Chaired by Dr Anthony John, Department of International Trade

    This session explores the latest innovations in digital and data – and how farmers can access the value that lies in disruptive technologies.

    • Matthew Smith, Agrimetrics discusses getting the most from your data by addressing trust and the data market, which now offers a growing catalogue and value to the sector

    • Luke Halsey, Farm 491 CEO reviews who is doing what in software interoperability, data aggregration and AI, and how it will impact on UK arable farms

    • John Redhead, UK Centre of Ecology and Hydrology reveals a new web-based biodiversity app to help identify which parts of your farm are best used for woodland, pollinators or wildlife

    • Jack Wrangham, Drone Ag talks about Skippy Scout, a smartphone-based app which enables farmers to fly a drone to points in a field and get accurate green area index (GAI), emerging plant counts and spot weeds and insect damage


  8. Chaired by Hadyn Craig, Department of International Trade

    This session explores the current and new technologies that might be available to assist arable farmers to target pests, diseases and weeds more efficiently.

    • Jonathan Gill, HAU: Hands Free Hectare is now a Hands Free 35-acre farm where automated machines are growing arable crops remotely without operators in the driving seat or agronomists on the ground
    • Sam Watson Jones, Small Robot Company, gives an insight on farmbots Tom, Dick and Harry which plant, feed and weed arable crops autonomously with minimal waste
    • Harry Coppin, Garfords looks at the benefits and practicalities of mechanical weeding in arable rotations
    • Nick Tillett, Tillett & Hague Technology, looks at the practicalities and benefits of spot spraying and band spraying
    • Brian Gorham, MagGrow talks about how magnetic spraying technology is enabling farmers to cut drift and make more precise spray applications




  9. Chaired by Christopher Horne, Department of International Trade

    Precision farming technologies haven’t been as widely adopted as many hoped. This session explores the practicalities, limitations and future role of the technologies on arable farming businesses

    • Shamal Mohammed, AgriEPI Centre gives a precision vision - what works, what doesn’t and what’s coming down the line for arable farmers
    • Michael Haverty, Andersons looks at the financial and operational impacts of precision farming techniques have on the company’s loam model farm
    • Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer, HAU discusses the financial and practical considerations of investing in crop robots
    • David Blacker, farming in the Yorks Vale, provides unique insights on precision farming technology working on his arable farming business
    • Wrap up by Dr Elizabeth Warham (DIT)




  10. What's on your mind? Join in our interactive video call with George Baxter & Tom Pope from Cambridgeshire YFC and talk about current challenges and opportunities. Speakers will include Suzy Deeley at R.A.B.I., looking at how the charity can help farmers with practical support and financial grants, as well as signposting for mental health difficulties. Farmer Joe Stanley, trustee of the Henry Plumb Foundation, will talk about what support the Foundation can offer and how mentorship can help farmers to drive their businesses forward.



Pre-recorded sessions – available on demand any time on the 10th & 11th June

Young Farmers and Sustainability Theatre: Career options and jobs board

Tilling the land is just one important slice of a very large job opportunity pie in food and farming. Hear the stories of individuals who have made careers in everything from journalism to farm work and science. Take a look at the live jobs board to find the right career for you.

  • Charlotte Smith, BBC Farming Today, presents a career in rural journalism
  • George Baxter, Hutchinsons, explores a career as an agronomist
  • Lana Mo, Blue Skies, offers an insight into working for an international food business
  • Georgina Sweeting, Savills, is a farm consultant with an insight to land agency
  • Catherine Vickery, Old Mill, says agricultural accountancy isn’t just about maths
  • Henry Robinson, farm worker of the year 2019, gives an insight into farm work and management
  • Edward Worts, Kuhn, reveals what it’s like to be an agricultural engineer
  • Kelly Jowett, Rothamsted Research, explains the world of a research scientist

DIT Innovation and Tech Theatre: Farmer-led innovations

Many of the best innovations come from farmers – and there’s a move to fund more farmer-led research by DEFRA. This session explores the inventions, research and new answers emerging from farmer-led innovation.

  • Mike Donovan, editor of Practical Farm Ideas, has been a torch bearer for the ethos of farmer ingenuity. He picks his top five farmer inventions
  • Liz Bowles, Soil Association, describes the impact of the work in their Innovative Farmers’ field labs - from compost teas to improving utilisation of ADD and oilseed rape defoliation.
  • Daniel Kindred, ADAS summarises the key impacts for farmers emerging from a number of its farming innovation groups.
  • William Macalpine, Rothamsted Research, discusses FarmInn, a joint venture with AHDB on farm-inspired research
  • Ben Rayner Defra, explains three possible schemes which might be introduced from 2022: Industry led R&D syndicates, innovation accelerators and themed collaborative R&D


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Collect up to 6 BASIS points by visiting key seminars and exhibitors

NRoSO points will also be available


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