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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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30 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.  

    • Minette Batters, NFU believes UK farming businesses can be leaders of climate-resilient food production. She examines the road to achieve net zero by 2040 – and what economic opportunities and challenges lie on that journey.  

    • Clare Bend, Agrii – how can traditional distributors of agrochemicals help farmers to deliver low carbon methods of food production? The starting point is selecting ‘sustainable’ varieties followed up by using low-carbon fertilisers and minimal and targeted pesticide usage. 

    • Thomas Gent used lockdown to explore what the value of carbon was on his father’s arable xxha  Norfolk farm. He’s created Gentle Farming - a group of like-minded farmers that aim to reverse the impact of climate change, creating a new income stream to their own businesses through premium carbon credits.

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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. Bill Clark (NIAB) talks to colleagues around the country to reveal the winners and losers in the regions. 

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

    • Biopesticides and biofumigation - Dr Tom Pope, Harper Adams 

    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. ?James Godber - CSFB biopesticides project with CHAP suggested by farmer advisory board?

    • Natural defences - Neil Havis at SRUC is investigating the impact of applying ‘natural elicitors’ such as those derived from seaweed to boost the natural disease resistance of crop plants.  These natural sprays are ready to play a key role in IPM strategies to reduce pesticide usage.
       

    •  It’s in the genes -Wendy Harwood, John Innes Centre 
      What’s the impact of the UK’s stance on gene editing following the recent Government consultation? In 2020 scientists at JIC identified the gene that makes wheat and barley susceptible to mildew - editing out that gene is a quick route to creating resistant varieties.

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01 Jul 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 for society alongside food production.

    • English Overview: provides an insight on SFI and the future shape of UK farming and how working with landscape stakeholders delivers equitable benefits for all

    • Bigger Policy Picture: AHDB’s Sarah Baker explores the policy in all the UK’s devolved nations and the impact on future trade deals. 

    • Louis Fell is exploring farmer collaboration to deliver landscape-level environmental benefits, such as protecting watercourses and recovering wildlife, as part of DEFRA’s ELMS trials.

  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.

    • 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 - Jonathan Storkey, Rothamsted Research

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

    • Fine tuning Fertiliser - Sarah Kendall ADAS 

    More efficient and effective use of fertiliser is key to protecting the environment and boosting profitability. New work on macro and micronutrient needs of wheat grains at ADAS (YEN) and Rothamsted Research is shedding important light on better managing grain nutrition using post-harvest analysis for key nutrients.

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