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30 Jun 2021
  1. Theatre 2

    This session explores the impact of Brexit, new trade deals and the challenges and opportunities for UK producers in the global market through the lens of experts involved at the coalface across the industry. 

    Session introduction given by sponsor representative, Miles Bradley, Cambridge Global Payments.

    Nick von Westenholz, NFU’s director of trade and market outlook, looks at the implications of Brexit on UK grain markets, exports and trade deals. 

    Rupert Somerscales, ODA, offers an overview of global grain fundamentals and how they impact on UK prices, and identifies important trends to keep in mind.

    Cecilia Pryce of Openfield provides a shorter-term outlook on the UK grain, oilseed and pulse markets.

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    This session brings together the three AgriTech Centres serving the arable sector. CHAP, Agrimetrics and AgriEPI provide an update on some of the new technologies, services and advice emerging from their research and partnerships.

    Dr Alex McCormack, CHAP - Developing a new biopesticide for cabbage stem flea beetle control and in-field disease detection to inform fine-tuning of pesticide applications are just some of the exciting projects that CHAP is helping to facilitate and bring to the UK arable industry.

    Anna Woodley, Agrimetrics - With policies tailored towards rewarding farming businesses for delivering benefits to society and the environment, Agrimetrics is providing data management infrastructure and linked data to help farming businesses prepare for change.

    Claire Hodge, AgriEPI, highlights two innovative projects where technology is being developed to achieve production efficiencies and sustainability goals. These are: Remote field sensing using satellite data for improved crop quality, and how to reduce carbon emissions using precision technology.

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    Farming businesses are responding to new consumer demands and turning their resources and commodity crops into value-added enterprises in order to spread risks and build greater financial resilience and sustainability. This session explores different diversification avenues. 

    Kim Walton, founder of Rural Ventures, explains how to identify diversification opportunities on your farm, and how to implement and market them, with a particular focus on camping given the rise in staycation in a post-Covid world.

    Kathryn and David Cross farm 100ha near Wymondham, Norfolk. In 2015 they transformed their least profitable field into a dog walking site. Now business is booming, with the addition of a dog grooming facility and café – and an added bonus of fewer dog attacks on the farm’s sheep. 

    Growing, cold-pressing and bottling high quality rapeseed oil alongside heritage wheats for flour is providing Oscar Harding’s Duchess Farms added economic - and environmental - benefits. 

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    New technologies haven’t always delivered the benefits they promise, but are things about to change? Our speakers provide their own insights on what benefits new innovations can bring to arable businesses. 

    Session introduction given by sponsor representative, Philipp Kamps, Marketing Management, Agxeed.

    Dr Keith Dawson, Central Plains, is an enthusiastic exponent of new technologies. He was an early pioneer of precision farming and dabbled with drones on Europe’s biggest farm in the Ukraine. He provides an honest appraisal of the value of some of today’s new innovations.

    ClearSky advanced technology can ‘see’ through cloud cover to predict visible and infrared images of the earth’s surface. Agrimetrics and the University of Hertfordshire are working together to give cloud-free surveillance for crop health monitoring, input usage and yield predictions.  Luke Fleming, Centre for Astrophysics, University of Hertfordshire, explains.

    Autonomous farming is fast becoming a commercial reality, explains Kit Franklin at Harper Adams. This year 30ha have been drilled, sprayed and will be harvested in the hands-free project.

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    Farming is a human health solution, not only through nutrition but also in growing plants that have direct medical and health benefits. Tweaking plants to include healthy fish oils, natural extracts to fight Alzheimer’s and hemp are just some of the potential new crops delivering sustainable medicinal and health answers.

    Welsh farmer, Kevin Stephens - MD of Agroceutical - is pioneering growing daffodils to extract galantamine to tackle Alzeihemers. When grown above 1,000ft daffodils produce a lot more galantamine then elsewhere. The bulbs are planted directly into the ground and flower year after year making it a highly sustainable, low cost farming system alongside his sheep flock.

    Prof Jonathan Napier, Rothamsted Research provides an update on a five-year trial of camelina, which has been genetically modified to produce healthy omega 3 fatty acids found in fish. It offers UK arable growers an opportunity to add a new crop into their rotations - and potentially lessen pressure on fish stocks.

    Edward Burman, Hemp Wholefoods, introduced hemp, which is high in valuable omega oils but 40% lower in saturated fatty acids than other cooking oils, into his arable rotation at Kingstanding Farm just outside Warwick.  As well as a valuable new revenue stream, the bi-product is fed to the farm’s sheep flock – and provides agronomic benefits to the whole rotation.

01 Jul 2021
  1. New Era Theatre

    This session explores how drone technology can help farmers run their operations more efficiently.  This session is complemented by the Drones Scout, Seed & Feed Demonstrations that are held twice daily in the Syngenta Sprays & Sprayers Arena.

  2. New Era Theatre

    This session looks at how to re-evaluate - and restructure - your business in light of the forthcoming changes to agricultural support.

    Session introduction given by sponsor representative, Rob Dunk, UK Sales Manager, Claydon Drills.

    Jonathan Armitage, Head of Farming at Strutt & Parker examines the impact of BPS withdrawal on farm profitability on three different farming business models  - ranging from worst case to best case scenarios. 

    Paul Waberski, Brown & Co, shows how to conduct a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis for your farm business.

    John Pawsey at Shimpling Park Farm in Suffolk explains how a SWOT analysis on his farm has helped inform the direction of the business.  

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    Using data and apps is increasingly becoming the norm for UK farming. This session picks out three new developments which can deliver greater efficiencies, transparency and environmental benefits. 

    Bringing data into one place has proven a real obstacle to getting the most from different sources of information. Now, farmers can see data on soil moisture, weather forecasts, real-time rainfall and wind, and a myriad of other sensors in one place, helping with management decisions and recording, as Rob Sanders from Glas Data explains.

    Measuring the success of environmental management on a farm can be challenging; the E-Surveyor app uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify native and invasive wildflowers from a simple picture, informing you of its habitat type and the wildlife the plant supports, such as bees and butterflies. Dr Tom August from UKCEH will be telling us more.

    Using data to improve nitrogen use efficiencies. Hugh Martineau, Map of Ag, explores how precision tech can be used to help farmers improve nitrogen efficiencies, while also building greater trust throughout the supply chain. He will share experiences from work with the European Food and Farming Partnerships and the Kellogg’s Origins programme in terms of bringing data together through Map of Ag's data platform to build consumer trust.

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    There’s a strong pull for the UK to grow more protein plants. They could play a big role in delivering better soil health, reducing fertiliser and pesticide usage - at the same time as satisfying growing consumer demand for plant protein and reducing reliance on imported soya. Research, market insights and practical experience are at the heart of this session on the value of legumes, which currently occupy only 4% of the UK’s cropping.

    James Maguire, UK Pulses, summarises the market outlook for pulses and where the opportunities lie for UK growers.

    Dr Sanu Arora, John Innes Centre, explains how new science will help to deliver disease resistant varieties more quickly to allow pulses to be grown more frequently in an arable rotation.

    Peter Cartwright, Revesby Estate, has been growing winter and spring beans for the agronomic and soil benefits they deliver - as well as gross margins of £1,000/ha. This year he’s also trialling chickpeas and haricot beans.


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    The energy landscape is changing at a fast pace with a new Government biomass strategy, the increasing value of carbon and goals to stop using fossil fuels. This session looks at how arable farmers can harness bioenergy options most effectively into their businesses.

    Jonathan Scurlock, NFU, gives an overview of existing renewable energy and heat options - and what’s coming next.

    Innes McEwen, Future Biogas, spells out the business strategy of AD on arable farms - and what viable break crops can be readily introduced into the rotation to effectively feed the plant.

    Henry Grant, Savills, weighs up the opportunities and benefits of solar, biomass and wind for UK arable farming businesses.


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