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GREATsoils Workshop: Practical soil assessment in top fruit systems

GREATsoils Workshop: Practical soil assessment in top fruit systems

Event date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 13:00 to 17:00

Venue: East Malling Research, New Rd, East Malling, ME19 

What soil assessment methods are most practical and efficient for top fruit systems? Hear about results of two-year field experiments comparing different soil assessment methods and have your input to future recommendations for growers.

Soil biology and soil health programme – next steps for practical soil assessment

Introduction to this new 5-year AHDB programme to evaluate new and existing indicators for soil biology - Dr Elizabeth Stockdale, NIAB

Click here to book your place.

02/11/2017 - 13:00 to 17:00
 
 
Future Wildlife, Future Farming

Future Wildlife, Future Farming

Event date: 
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 10:45 to 16:45
Join the debate about your rural and agricultural future during a farm visit to the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust's (GWCT) Allerton Project farm at Loddington, Leicestershire.
Who should attend? Any YFC member who has an interest in future farming, conservation and the countryside.
What's on offer? A free event developed and delivered by NFYFC and A Focus On Nature.
See how integrated farming, wildlife and game conservation work hand-in-hand during the farm visit. Hear messages from key note speakers Quentin Clark, LEAF's director of business collaboration and policy adviser and farmer Ed Barker. Listen to and challenge the panel of speakers and exchange ideas with young conservationists from A Focus On Nature.
Members of the panel include GWCT's Jim Egan, Warwickshire YFC member David Goodwin, farmer Emily Norton, policy adviser and farmer Ed Barker and Quentin Clark. The afternoon session will be chaired by land agent and rural commentator Rob Yorke.
Programme
10-10.30am - Arrive, Tea/coffee
10.30-11am - Introduction from Allerton Project staff Jim Egan, Dr Alastair Leake and Phil Jarvis - 'How an integrated approach to farming and the environment can work
11.15am - 12.45pm - Farm walk led by Allerton Project staff
1-1.30 pm - LUNCH
1.30 - 2-30pm - Ed Barker and Quentin Clark/Q&A
2.30 3.30pm - workshops facilitated by speakers
3.30 - 4.00pm - Tea coffee depart

 

Location:

Allerton Project
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
Loddington
Leicestershire
LE7 9XE
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Soil Health; A Living Perspective

Soil Health; A Living Perspective

Event date: 
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 09:30 to 16:30

Venue: Glasshouse College, Wollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4HF

This event is a comprehensive full day presentation, suitable for both commercial farmers (including but not restricted to organic producers) and those concerned with home/community production.

Joel's cv is impressive and extensive (see his profile for greater detail), but in short, after focussing more strongly on soil chemistry and nutrient balancing in Australia he worked with Elaine Ingham at Laverstoke in the UK, inverting the emphasis and focussing more strongly on optimising the soil biology with a reduced weighting to mineral management. Now he tends to take a middle road but is happy to deliver with whichever emphasis the audience prefers. He is particularly interested in the links between nutrition and pest and disease pressure, and how nutrient corrections when supplemented with biological protection can be used to manage insect and disease problems. After some time back in Australia, he returned to England and intends to again, but is currently based in Canada for a couple of years.  Participants attending both have commented that this workshop was a good foundation for the Stewarding Your Soil course, which provides more practical elements related to making good compost and using microscopes; we plan to deliver similar courses in Spring 2018.

To book please email Jenna on [email protected]
For general enquiries contact Natasha: 07866 674205 or emai

06/11/2017 - 09:30 to 16:30
 
AgriTech Week: Water and Soils

AgriTech Week: Water and Soils

Event date: 
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 11:30

Venue: Riseholme Campus, Riseholme Hall, Lincoln, LN2 2LG

Presentations and interactive workshop hosted by Lincoln Institute for Agricultural Technology looking at

  • The impact of coastal flooding on agricultural land
  • The contribution of agrochemicals, especially metaldehydes to water sources.

Lincoln is involved in two major EU projects, one of which is an EU Horizon 2020 project involving 12 countries.

For more information, please click here

06/11/2017 - 11:30
 
Soil Health: A Living Perspective

Soil Health: A Living Perspective

Event date: 
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:00

Optimising Soil Management for Agricultural Productivity and Ecology with Joel Williams

At Glass house College, Woollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4HF

This event is a comprehensive full day presentation, suitable for commercial farmers including but not restricted to organic producers.  It is also relevant for those concerned with home/community production.

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06/11/2017 - 12:00
 
AgriTech East: REAP Conference 2017 Productive, profitable and sustainable? Can agri-tech deliver a hat-trick?

AgriTech East: REAP Conference 2017 Productive, profitable and sustainable? Can agri-tech deliver a hat-trick?

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 09:45 to 17:45
Soil tillage has led to soil erosion at rates that threaten sustainable food supply. As a result, farming practices that work with nature are gaining momentum. 
But for the whole value chain to embrace this challenge we need a dialogue based on good science, relevant metrics and consistent standards. 
At REAP we are looking at how today’s best practice is being enhanced by emerging agri-tech. 
Early adopters share their experiences from the field, regulators outline future strategy, and researchers and technologists provide insights into emerging agri-tech developments.

Location:

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre,
Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1RQ
07/11/2017 - 09:45 to 17:45
 
Farmers Weekly Soils in Practice

Farmers Weekly Soils in Practice

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 08:30 to 16:00

Soils In Practice brings together a one-day conference providing a platform for those in the agricultural industry to discuss the latest advances in soil fertility and best practice in soil management. Register now for the opportunity to learn the latest developments in soil health on 8 November 2017.

This conference will provide the unique opportunity for farmers who want to know more about managing their soil, from preventing erosion and compaction to maintaining and enriching nutrient levels.
Soil is one of the farmer’s most valuable resources, playing a vital role in crop production and food security. The conference will bring together farmers, scientists and agricultural organisations to discuss the latest thinking and techniques on soil sustainability.

Location:

Glebe Farm, Leadenham

08/11/2017 - 08:30 to 16:00
 
Agri-Tech Week: Tyres, Traction and Compaction

Agri-Tech Week: Tyres, Traction and Compaction

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30

Venue: Diss, Suffolk

AHDB and Catchment Sensitive Farming present a workshop about tyre management and Controlled Traffic Farming. This is a chance to find out about the latest innovation and peer-to-peer exchange of best measures to increase soil structure, ensure efficient in-field working and avoid soil compaction. Free to attend and includes lunch.

Venue and times to be announced.

08/11/2017 - 11:30
 
Drones for Farming Conference 2017 Harper Adams

Drones for Farming Conference 2017 Harper Adams

Event date: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 09:15 to 16:15
New for 2017, the conference features farm property and roof surveying, on-farm case studies, software solutions, drone hardware, sensor technology, end-to-end data capture and handling, safety and regulations.
Learn about exciting research on dynamic land management, combining drones and aerial agronomy with ground-based rovers. 
Take the opportunity to talk drone technology with professionals from the Harper Adams University UAS Special Interest Group. Bring your challenges to us and we’ll offer solutions.
See how the latest drone technology can benefit your business.
For more information please click here
09/11/2017 - 09:15 to 16:15
 
Agri-Tech Week, RNAA Annual Lecture

Agri-Tech Week, RNAA Annual Lecture

Event date: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:30

Easton and Otley College, Easton, Norwich, NR9 5DX

Understanding agriculture’s triple helix – how consumer, environment and technology will influence the rural economy in the future.

This Agri-Tech week event hosted by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and Easton and Otley College considers the future influences (economic, financial, geo-political, scientific / technological) on UK agriculture and how Norfolk’s farmers might find ‘their’ way in an increasingly uncertain and complex world. In particular, it asks what role agri-tech has to play, where new developments coming from and whether we have the right skills and talent to cope with the future. Taken altogether, we ask how we meet the future needs and demands of the consumer, on the one hand, and the rural economy on the other.

The speaker at this event will be Professor Allan Buckwell, an agricultural economist and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Environmental Policy.

For more information please click here

09/11/2017 - 11:30
 
Precision livestock farming in upland systems for economic and labour efficiency

Precision livestock farming in upland systems for economic and labour efficiency

Event date: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 15:00 to 16:45

Claire is a multidisciplinary scientist with a focus on extensive livestock production, particularly in mountain areas. Her current interests include: assessment of farm labour and its role on farm viability; use of Electronic Identification (EID) and technology in extensive sheep systems for improved management and profitability; uptake and knowledge exchange with farming industry; sustainable intensification in the hills, land abandonment and Impacts of policies on farmers' economic options.

Venue: North Wyke Research, Okehampton, Devon

All are on Thursdays and begin with tea at 3.00 pm
(Please check with Reception at North Wyke (01837 883500) 24-48 hours before seminars are scheduled to take place to ensure that there have been no changes to the programme
09/11/2017 - 15:00 to 16:45
 
Jersey Farming Conference: Smarter farming

Jersey Farming Conference: Smarter farming

Event date: 
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00

La Mare Wine Estate on Friday 10 November 2017

 

Sustainable agriculture, automation and water quality and are among the topics being presented at this year's free Jersey Farming Conference. Other topics on the agenda include fertiliser placement and dairy farming’s carbon footprint. 

The industry is dynamic and we have seen the industry take great strides in reducing pesticide and fertiliser use - but it will need to be even more responsive if it is going to thrive in the uncertain world that Brexit has created.  This year’s conference will look at the achievements of the arable and dairy sectors as well as the challenges they face. It will also identify potential solutions to a dwindling armoury of pesticides and find ways to reduce the pressure caused by fertiliser use.

Many of you would have heard of SMART objectives - the need for business planning to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.   Well, farming has its own version because to meet today’s environmental and economic challenges, it needs to be SMARTER: Sustainable, Motivated, Adaptable, Rigorous, Technical, Environmental and Rewarding.

Jersey Product Promotion 2017 Limited invites you to the 2017 Jersey Farming Conference. This is open to all businesses and individuals with an interest in the rural economy and we look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible.

For more information please click here 

10/11/2017 - 09:00 to 17:00
 
Agri-Tech Week: Saving waste in Horticulture: optimising resources

Agri-Tech Week: Saving waste in Horticulture: optimising resources

Event date: 
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 11:30

Venue: Sophi Taylor Building, NIAB Park Farm, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9NZ

This event will include seminars and a workshop to discuss management and reduction of waste in the food chain, hearing about best practice to optimise resources as product moves from the field or glasshouse to the packhouse. Hosted by NIAB, this event will feature international partners from the pan-Europe consortium Bioboost, funded by the EU Interreg 2seas programme, coming together to discuss progress and innovation in the industry to reduce waste.

For more information please click here

10/11/2017 - 11:30
 
 
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Managing soil health Workshop Newcastle

Managing soil health Workshop Newcastle

Event date: 
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 10:00 to 15:30

AHDB would like to invite farmers, growers, advisors and industry partners to join our industry workshops to shape the direction of new research on soil health.

The workshop will be led by Dr Elizabeth Stockdale, lead scientist on AHDB-BBRO Soil Biology and Soil Health partnership and Head of Farming Systems Research at NIAB.

The Soil Biology and Soil Health team is bringing together the best research and the most effective practical approaches to soil management on-farm.

This is your opportunity to speak to soil experts and share best practice with other farmers, growers and agronomists.

This is our opportunity for the research partnership team to seek feedback on the broad range of novel soil management research and how we can translate information back to the farmers and growers on the ground.

Click here for more information

13/11/2017 - 10:00 to 15:30
 
 
Managing soil health workshop - Gloucester

Managing soil health workshop - Gloucester

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:00 to 15:30

Venue: Hallmark Hotel, Robinswood Hill, Gloucestershire, GL4 6E

AHDB would like to invite farmers, growers, advisors and industry partners to join our industry workshops to shape the direction of new research on soil health.

The workshop will be led by Dr Elizabeth Stockdale, lead scientist on AHDB-BBRO Soil Biology and Soil Health partnership and Head of Farming Systems Research at NIAB.

The Soil Biology and Soil Health team is bringing together the best research and the most effective practical approaches to soil management on-farm.

This is your opportunity to speak to soil experts and share best practice with other farmers, growers and agronomists.

This is our opportunity for the research partnership team to seek feedback on the broad range of novel soil management research and how we can translate information back to the farmers and growers on the ground.

Click here to find out more.

15/11/2017 - 10:00 to 15:30
 
IAgrM What is the Future of UK Agriculture and Food, Question time event London

IAgrM What is the Future of UK Agriculture and Food, Question time event London

Event date: 
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 18:00 to 21:00

Venue - The Farmers Club, London

This event is designed to give you the opportunity to:

  • Ask questions of the panel industry leaders, who are from across the supply chain, on their views on future opportunities for and how we combat threats to UK agriculture / food production
  • Take part in the debate, have your say and potentially influence others during the formal session and the discussion that will take place after the event.
  • Above all educate yourself so as to help to plan change and development of your business
  • Meet with your fellow professionals and share experiences

The panel will include:

Minette Batters - NFU Deputy President

Will Gemmill, National Head of Farming and Eastern Regional Chairman, Strutt and Parker

David Christensen, Dairy Farmer and Board of Representatives Member, Arla Foods

Emma Penny, Managing Editor at Farmers Guardian

Julian Park, Head of School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, Reading University

For more information please click here

16/11/2017 - 18:00 to 21:00
 
 
 
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Nuffield Farming Annual Conference 2017

Nuffield Farming Annual Conference 2017

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 10:30 to Friday, November 24, 2017 - 13:30

Location: Marriott Central, Bristol

The two day conference starts with a farm visit 'with a twist' and the welcome buffet on Wednesday 22nd November.
During the two day conference:
The 2016 Scholars (including FCCT's Becky!) will give their presentations of their 18 month study and travel projects following the publication of their reports.
 
The new 2018 Scholars will officially be awarded their Nuffield Farming Scholarships. 
 
The 2017 Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust AGM will be held.
 
The Nuffield Farming Annual Dinner and Drinks Reception will be held on Thursday 23rd November.
 
 
 
Protecting Soil and Water Kent

Protecting Soil and Water Kent

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 10:00 to 14:00

Venue: Hadlow Place Farm, Golden Green, Tonbridge, TN11 0BW

You are invited to join this free event looking at practical ways to protect natural resources whilst farming productively.

Hadlow Place is a mixed faming estate engaged with local CSF in a high priority water area and in the Stewardship scheme.

Speakers will include James Woodward from Natural England, Luke Everitt from the Woodland Trust
and Paul Cobb from  Campaign for the Farmed Environment.

Refreshments will be provided. BASIS points applied for.

Booking essential. To book your place, please go to http://web.nfuonline.com/cfeevents.
For further information, please contact [email protected].

22/11/2017 - 10:00 to 14:00
 
Social Media Success - What every agriculture and food business needs to know in 2018

Social Media Success - What every agriculture and food business needs to know in 2018

Event date: 
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 09:30 to 16:30

Social Jungle will be delivering a full day of intensive social media training specifically for the food, agriculture and rural business sectors, this is an opportunity not to be missed. The training will cover the things you really need to know, including the very latest innovations in the world of social media. Update, refresh or increase your knowledge, this full day intensive course includes the information that will give you and your business an advantage on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Location: Harper Adams University

For more information please click here

 

23/11/2017 - 09:30 to 16:30
 
Farmers Weekly Trees on Farm

Farmers Weekly Trees on Farm

Event date: 
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 09:30 to 16:30
Farmers Weekly, in partnership with The Woodland Trust, is running a one-day, free to attend ‘Trees on Farm’ workshop for UK arable and livestock farmers.
The event is aimed at equipping farmers with the knowledge and practical skills to build an integrated and productive agroforestry scheme as part of their farm business.
The workshop will be hosted on-site at The Allerton Project in Leicestershire. The Allerton Project has been researching the effects of different farming methods on wildlife and the environment, and sharing the results of the research through educational activities for over 25 years.
UK arable and livestock farmers with experience of agroforestry will talk about their individual journeys of creating and managing an agroforestry scheme on their farm.
These sessions will focus on the benefits they have received from trees on their farms as well as the challenges along the way and how they have overcome them.
There will also be a wealth of knowledge and experience provided from our other speakers from The Allerton Project, Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission and The Organic Research Centre.
The live event will focus on providing farmers with the information and tools needed to begin and manage a successful, productive agroforestry scheme as part of their farming enterprise. The session topics will cover the below and much more.
 
For more information please click here
23/11/2017 - 09:30 to 16:30
 
 
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CropTec Show Peterborough

CropTec Show Peterborough

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 11:30 to Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:30

The CropTec show is for all farmers and agronomists seeking the latest information on innovative methods to increase profits from crop production. As the UK’s leading technical and knowledge exchange event for the arable farming industry, this two-day show provides you with the ideal chance to explore ways to improve efficiency and reduce unit costs of production.

For more information please click here

 
 
 
Confor: Towards a Common Countryside Policy

Confor: Towards a Common Countryside Policy

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 09:30 to 15:30

This policy conference at Westminster sees the official launch of Confor's latest contribution to the debate on Brexit, A Common Countryside Policy.

This discussion paper calls for a fresh approach to rural policy and funding, with the strictures of the Common Agricultural Policy replaced by a system which treats different land uses equally - and delivers support based on positive outcomes for our rural areas.

Dr Thérèse Coffey, the UK Government's forestry minister, will open the event, before contributors from a range of different organisations give their perspective on what a future common countryside policy might look like. Already confirmed are Minette Batters, Deputy President of the National Farmers' Union, as well as representatives from WWF UK, Woodland Trust, CLA and Confor's Chief Executive, Stuart Goodall.

The speakers will then join a panel to discuss the opportunities to find common ground - and to identify the major challenges to a common approach and how they might be overcome. 

After lunch, individuals who have grappled with the challenges of mixed land use under CAP will describe how they overcame those challenges and how they are looking to the future. There will be a panel discussion in this session too, followed by a cross-party political panel to reflect on the issues raised throughout the day and where we go next.
Location: RICS, Great George Street, Westminster, London

For more information and to book your place please click here

29/11/2017 - 09:30 to 15:30
 
 
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