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Tomorrow’s Solutions for Today’s Challenges: Farming is the solution to so many of society’s challenges; from food production to air and water quality to biodiversity and carbon management. The programme for this 2-day theatre covers the impact and influence of the new Ag Bill and ELMS on farming businesses – and how the new legislation, incentives, innovations, skills and partnerships will support the continued delivery of high-quality food alongside the environmental needs of society across the United Kingdom.

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09 Jun 2021
  1. Understanding the details surrounding new legislation and environmental schemes across the UK is critical for farming businesses if they are to maximise the opportunities in the drive to create ecosystem services alongside food production.

    ·         ELM overview: Our DEFRA speaker provides some much-needed detail on what environmental targets are being asked of farming businesses and how they will be encouraged and rewarded

    ·         Devolved answers: The AHDB summarises the new policies and schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

    ·         A farming business taking part in DEFRA’s ELMS trials provides a practical insight on delivering landscape-scale benefits alongside improved financial security.

  2. The AHDB Monitor Farm debate will this year tackle the route to achieving net-zero by 2040, just nine years away. On day one we will look at arable farms growing potatoes: We will debate if this goal is possible, and if it is, just what changes will need to happen at a farm level. 

  3. Regional variations of how wheat varieties perform throughout the season are just as important as the national picture. This year the AHDB, alongside NIAB, will be providing video evidence of regional variations of all the wheat groups in tandem with national trial results.

  4. This technical session focusses on finding new ways to better manage pests and disease and reduce conventional pesticide usage.

    • Biopesticides and biofumigation               

    Could conventional synthetic pesticides be replaced by biopesticides like fungi, bacteria, nematodes and plant extracts, or even biofumigants?  Work at Harper Adams to control cabbage stem flea beetle with nematodes and a fatty acids-based product FLiPPER (Bayer), currently used in horticultural crops against whiteflies, aphids and mites, offer exciting potential. 

    • Trap cropping  

    Some crops, and varieties (heritage wheats), are more attractive to aphids that transmit barley yellow dwarf virus than others. Volatile chemicals produced by susceptible winter wheat varieties provide an opportunity to use trap crops to lure aphids away from precious cash crops – and deploy biological control strategies using natural enemies.

    • Gene editing     

    Pests have a strong preference for some varieties and a clear distaste for others. Identifying which oilseed rape breeding lines are less palatable, and more tolerant, to CSFB larvae is just one example that can help breeders screen for resistance in variety trials.

10 Jun 2021
  1. Farmers are both a source and a sink for carbon emissions. This session explores how farming businesses prevent and manage the impacts of climate change – as well as creating resilient and sustainable landscapes for food and wildlife. 

    ·         The NFU believes UK farming businesses can be leaders of climate-resilient food production. This session examines the road to achieve net zero by 2040 – and what economic opportunities and challenges lie on that journey. 

    ·         How will traditional agrochemical distributors help farmers to deliver low carbon methods of food production?

    ·         Climate change resilience and mitigation is at the heart of this farming business which is measuring and managing its carbon footprint.

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  2. The AHDB Monitor Farm debate will this year tackle the route to achieving net-zero by 2040, just nine years away. On day two we will look at arable farms incorporating livestock into the rotation: We will debate if this goal is possible, and if it is, just what changes will need to happen at a farm level. 

  3. Regional variations of how wheat varieties perform throughout the season are just as important as the national picture. This year the AHDB, alongside NIAB, will be providing video evidence of regional variations of all the wheat groups in tandem with national trial results.

    • The carbon conundrum   

    How can farmers build carbon in a balanced and profitable way? SRUC has analysed 64 carbon audits including its own, Agrecalc, which offers farming businesses a detailed breakdown of carbon emissions by source, enterprise and activity alongside benchmarking and KPIs to create an efficient management plan.

    • EcoStacking                   

    What impact do hedges and grass margins have on weed ecology – and how do we manage beneficial insects better? These are just some of the issues being explored in EU-wide research.

    • Grain nutrition               

    Addressing the macro and micronutrient needs of wheat grains can significantly boost yields and profits according to work by ADAS (YEN) and Rothamsted Research. Both research projects are shedding important light on better managing grain nutrition using post-harvest analysis for key nutrients.

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