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In association with the NFYFC

Day 1  - Healthy Food, Health Environment 
British farmers hold the key to so many of society’s challenges – from producing healthy food and clean water to fresh air and wildlife recovery. This theatre explores ways that farmers are addressing environmental and soil health to deliver greater natural and economic benefits to their businesses. 

These sessions explore how arable farming businesses can produce high quality food while protecting and enhancing the environment and biodiversity of their farming landscapes.

Day 2 - Healthy Soil, Healthy Profits
A recent UK survey reveals that more than a third of arable soils are significantly degraded compared with less than 7% for grassland.  No apologies, therefore, for dedicating the second day of Cereals 2021 to creating healthier soil systems, which is so critical for climate-resilient, sustainable food production and natural resource management.


30 Jun 2021
  1. Businesses the world over recognise that greater returns come from aligning economic, social and environmental interests. Farming is no different.  Healthy profits that flow from fully integrating productivity and environmental measures - driven by highly skilled and motivated teams - mark out winning arable businesses.

    • Now is the time to review your business and costs to adapt to the changing economic and environmental climate. George Badger, partner at Ceres Rural, looks at where arable businesses can fine-tune and adapt to the new challenges and opportunities.

    • The Allerton Project at Loddington Estate is home to progressive research, and practices, that aim to produce high quality food whilst protecting wildlife and the environment. Farms Director, Phil Jarvis sums up the approach that this 800ha arable business approach is taking to deliver a healthy bottom line as farming subsidies shrink.

    • A motivated and skilled team, the use of robust science and technology complement Poul Hoveson’s regenerative approach across more than 5,000ha of highly productive cropping in Norfolk and Poland.

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  2. As farmers face increasing financial and environmental challenges, could collaboration be the answer? We hear from arable farmers working and learning from each other, new entrants and the wider community. 

    • Tim May dares to think and behave differently. Having spent the past few years regenerating soil health and biodiversity, he now has six enterprising partners (from shepherds to mountain bikes and woodland burials) that are helping to grow and shape the future of Kingsclere Estate as a thriving circular community.

    • Antony Pearce is a great believer in joint ventures. Having recently ‘divorced’ from one of his joint ventures he provides a unique insight on what works and what doesn’t - and the benefits of sharing capital and input costs on his Oxfordshire arable business.


  3. More and more farming businesses are turning to regenerative methods in order to restore an economic and environmental balance to their businesses. We learn how natural capital is becoming a tradeable asset within the private sector. 

  4. A mixed farming system offers additional benefits and income streams – and for many businesses it provides an overall net benefit that surpasses the sum of the two parts. This session explores the value that agroforestry, livestock and bioenergy can bring to arable businesses.

    • Helen Chesshire, Woodland Trust, reviews the numerous benefits of agroforestry on arable farms, the grants available to support inter-tree cropping and tree species selection.

    • George Hosier, Wexcombe Farm, Wiltshire runs a mixed farming business that capitalises on the synergies of animals in an arable rotation to deliver high quality crops and enhance soil and environmental health.

    • Gareth Williams, Caplor Energy, running grain store The key to bioenergy on farms is identifying what you need in order to maximise on farm use.

  5. How does the next generation manage the stresses and strains of the modern era as well as inspire and encourage greater inclusion and diversity into the profession?

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01 Jul 2021
  1. This session will explore new commercial and scientific soil health measurement tools, provides deeper understanding of the interaction between macro and micronutrients, and reveals how one leading farmer is building soil fertility.

    • Steve McGrath, Rothamsted Research, what is an appropriate amount of carbon for my soil? Scientists at Rothamsted have a soil health index based on the ratio of organic carbon and clay content. Knowing whether your soil is in good health or degraded, provides an essential baseline to protect, manage and monitor their soils to improve its carbon storage and overall health. 
    • Elizabeth Stockdale, NIAB, there’s a lot more to knowing your soils than just N, P and K. What other soil chemical and physical properties do farmers need to understand in order to deliver healthier and profitable soils?

  2. Improving drainage, managing flooding, run-off and drought are crucial to delivering greater crop productivity and mitigating risks of soils and pesticides entering watercourses. This session provides scientific and practical insights on creating farming systems that can withstand increasingly challenging weather events.

    • Rob Burtonshaw, Nuffield Scholar, explore the productivity and environmental benefits of investing in drainage - and how new technology is making it more cost effective 

    • Jamie Hannaford, CEH discusses new developments in hydrological and meteorological forecasting can provide farmers with accurate early drought warnings reveals

  3. Cover and companion cropping are amongst a raft of measures being deployed to rebuild soil structure and health. Scientists and farmers provide their own insights and experience into soil restoration.  

    • Syed Shah NIAB looks at the science behind soil biostimulants and soil improvers – do they work, and if so how, and importantly where do they work best?
  4. Controlled traffic wheeling, minimal cultivations, cover and companion cropping amongst a raft of measures are being deployed to rebuild soil structures and health. Scientists and farmers provide their own insights and experience in soil restoration.   

  5. Young farmers are embracing the race to net zero with new ideas and thinking. This is an opportunity to hear from inspiring young farmers and contribute to the conversation on creating climate-resilient food production. View on COP conference in Nov. Tom Pope, NFYFC, Sammy Allen YFC, Dr Ceris Jones, NFU Climate Change Adviser and Elliot Cole, winner of the NFYFC Climate Change Video Challenge. 

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