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EGF Symposium 2017

EGF Symposium 2017

Event date: 
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 15:00 to Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 15:00

"Grassland resources for extensive farming systems in marginal lands: major drivers and future scenarios"

Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

For further information about the programme click here

Exploiting your assets through land diversification

Exploiting your assets through land diversification

Event date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:00 to 16:00

Free to attend seminar. Join the Farming Forum, Freeths, Eurolease and Pollock Associates for an informative discussion where the panel will be discussing how to exploit your assets through land diversification with a particular focus on renewable energy projects.

  • Catherine Burke - Freeths LLP - How to steer through the legal maze of structures and key issues to achieve a successful project
  • Josh Pollock - Pollock Associates - Commercial opportunities for Farmers in the "Post Support" Energy Market.
  • Alex Wilkins - Eurolease Finance - Renewable Energy Finance

For more information please click here

Venue: Stoke Rochford Hall, Stoke Rochford, Grantham, NG33 5EJ

Book your place by contacting Maria Moreno at [email protected] or phone 01865 781 231

11/05/2017 - 11:00 to 16:00
Smarter not harder: open innovation for Smart Farming

Smarter not harder: open innovation for Smart Farming

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 10:00 to 14:30

Elveden Village Hall, Elveden Estate IP24 3TQ


10 May, 2017

Do you want to know what smart farm technology is available now?  We have handpicked some of the most exciting farm applications, precision farming and imaging technologies and will be asking the companies behind them to pitch their offering to you.

How can we farm “smarter” and what is the role of new technologies in helping that happen? What are the barriers to helping the vision become a reality? And how can we use “open innovation” methods to help speed up the journey of new innovations into the field?

The workshop will focus specifically on technologies around aerial imaging and precision agriculture. With short presentations by a range of companies and organisations (see full list below) with ready-to-use smart farming technologies, you’ll also have input into discussions to identify the needs and opportunities of farmers and innovators to make smart farming a commercial reality. At a regional and national level we’ll be looking at how to overcome barriers to adoption of smart farming, finding the untapped opportunities, and ensuring the outputs of the discussions about these new technologies get to the heart of policy-making.

This workshop is the presented in partnership with Smart-AKIS, the European Network for Smart Farming,

Smart-AKIS has conducted a pan-European survey to better understand what technology farmers are looking for, this provides a requirements specification for entrepreneurial companies looking to enter Agri-Tech.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss this further with farmers and producers, inspired by a number of quick-fire presentations from companies including:

The line-up is still being confirmed.

Click here to read more about Smart-AKIS.


10.00 Arrival, coffee, registration

10.30 Introduction to SMART-AKIS

David Tinker, Secretary General, EurAgEng

Belinda Clarke, Director, Agri-Tech East

10.45 Presentations

A series of short (10 min) presentations by businesses and researchers using UAVs, fixed wing aircraft and satellites to inform precision agriculture and smart farming tools

11.45 Panel session

12.00 Lunch

12.45 Workshop

Breakout groups to consider ideas for new or evolved smart farming solutions using aerial imaging

14.00 Feedback from groups

14.30 Closing comments

For more information please click here 

10/05/2017 - 10:00 to 14:30
Scottish Renewables Low-Carbon Heat Conference

Scottish Renewables Low-Carbon Heat Conference

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 09:45 to 17:45

Join Scottish Renewables and Scottish Development International at the Scottish Low-Carbon Heat Conference to hear about opportunities within the low-carbon heat sector in Scotland. This half day event will take place during the Euroheat and Power Conference at the SECC Glasgow and will provide a platform for interesting discussion, debate the key issues in the industry and showcase what is currently happening within the low-carbon heat industry in Scotland. 

For more information please click here

16/05/2017 - 09:45 to 17:45
Beef Expo

Beef Expo

Event date: 
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 08:15 to 17:15

The National Beef Association's 2017 Beef Expo will be held at the NAEC, Stoneleigh Par, Warwickshire, on 18th May.

Bringing together the very best in British commercial and pedigree cattle, equipment, knowledge-sharing and show classes for everyone involved int he industry, NBA Beef Expo is held at a different venue in the UK each year.

Regularly attracting international visitors and exhibitors from around the UK, it is the number one showcase fo the British Beef Sector.

For more information please click here.

18/05/2017 - 08:15 to 17:15
Grassland and Muck 2017

Grassland and Muck 2017

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 15:00 to Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 15:00

Grassland and Muck will be bigger and better than ever and will be your chance to see all the latest machines in action. The 190 acre event covers every aspect of grassland management, helping you make the most of your grass, from varieties and establishment to harvesting, baling, ensiling and feeding. 

Also come and find out more about the Farm Crap app pro which will be launched! 

Forest soils under global change - annual workshop of the midlands soil discussion group

Forest soils under global change - annual workshop of the midlands soil discussion group

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 09:00 to 16:30

Global change including increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide is expected to alter primary productivity in forested ecosystems with implications for altered carbon and nutrient cycling in soils. You are invited to join us for a day long workshop at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) site near Norbory Junction in Staffordshire.

The workshop will involve a guided tour of the first UK Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment experiment of BIFoR in the morning followed by relevant presentations in the afternoon.

For more information please click here

24/05/2017 - 09:00 to 16:30
LEAF IFM Conference 2017: Technology and Progression

LEAF IFM Conference 2017: Technology and Progression

Event date: 
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 08:45 to 16:45

Join LEAF for a one-day conference exploring  the role of technology in developing the current and future potential of Integrated Farm Management. 

Cost: Free

This year's IFM conference will draw on the research and demonstration activities of the LEAF Network to assess the current role technology plays in Integrated Farm Management, and look ahead to what new technology will offer IFM in the future. The precision accuracy and marginal gains offerred by many new techniques and promised by upcoming research, will be critical when continually evaluating and improving IFM as a whole farm level approach.

Speakers include the follwing from LEAF Demonstration Farms and LEAF Innovation Centres.

  • Andrew Ferguson, Farming Manager, Leckford Estate
  • Andrew Francis, Senior Farms Manager, Elveden Estate
  • Dr Alisdair Leake, Head of Project, The Allerton Project
  • Prof. Mark Rutter, Professor of Applied Animal Behaviour, Harper Adams University
  • Paul Hayward, Cold Harbour Farm
  • Euan Caldwell, Head of Farms, James Hutton Institute
  • Dr Prysor Williams, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management, Bangor University
  • Alice Johnston, Applications and Stewardship Coordinator, Bayer Crop Science UK

Location: Fera Science Ltd (Fera), Natiaonl Agri Food Innovation Campus, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ

For more information please click here

25/05/2017 - 08:45 to 16:45
Using Farm Data to make better decisions

Using Farm Data to make better decisions

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 10:30 to 13:00

AHDB Beef and Lamb are currently working with the University of Nottingham to evaluate current beef Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and develop further ideas which will help beef farmers track performance and identify their business strengths and weaknesses.

Mr Bainbridge is one of the four farmers working with the project to develop performance indicators for a range of beef production systems. The beef enterprise at Donkin Rigg consists of 150 native crossbred suckler cows with youngstock finished at 18-24 months of age on home grown silage and oats. This event will be an opportunity to learn more about the outcomes of the project and discover how data collection and analysis can be used in upland suckler systems.

Venue - Donkin Rigg, Cambo, Morpeth, Northumberland, UK, NE61 4LA

30/05/2017 - 10:30 to 13:00
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