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Farm Business Innovation Show

Farm Business Innovation Show

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, November 7, 2019 (All day)

This is the nation’s biggest event committed to providing the guidance, education, suppliers, and opportunities needed to help farmers and rural business owners diversify their land and increase their income. 

At this event there will be multiple speakers, features and innovations which will adress the future of farming and business. With speakers from DEFRA, Barclays, NFU and Tesco (to mention a few) there is plenty of opportunity to learn about highly topical subjects such as renewable energy, as well as, rural business/ farm diversification from a field of experts.

There will also be exclusive seminars given by CLA experts who will discuss diversification into new areas of business. The range of topics covered could prove to be very helpful, if not essential, to those wishing to carry out a diversification project - covering subjetcs such as tax, planning and rural funding.  

This event is free to attend (10am-5pm, both days). More information and booking can be made here:

Location: NEC, Birmingham

The Northern Farming Conference 2019

The Northern Farming Conference 2019

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 09:15 to 16:15

The Northern Farming Conference aims to give farmers the opportunity to consider how best to progress and take control of their businesses over the next few years.

Under the theme 'Sweating the assets', leading farmers and industry stakeholders from across the country will examine what the future may hold for farmers and their plans for this, particularly in light of the ongoing uncertainty around Brexit. 

Location Hexham Auction Mart. For more information please click here


06/11/2019 - 09:15 to 16:15
Bledisloe Lecture 2019 - Whats for dinner? How consumer concerns are shaping food and farming

Bledisloe Lecture 2019 - Whats for dinner? How consumer concerns are shaping food and farming

Event date: 
Monday, November 11, 2019 - 17:30 to 20:00
Join us for the 2019 Bledisloe Lecture, delivered by Professor David Hughes, on the topic "What's for dinner? How consumer concerns are shaping food and farming".
David Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, and speaks at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues, particularly consumer and retail trends.
David has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia and has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organizations on three continents. With his American business partner, David established, grew and sold a branded fresh food business which served supermarkets in the USA.
The lecture will focus on the changing shape of the food and farming industries under the influence of the media and in the face of increasing public awareness and scrutiny.
This event starts at 6pm and will run for approximately an hour, after which you are also warmly invited to join us for a glass of wine to continue the conversation and meet other attendees.
Venue: The Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS
For more information please click here
11/11/2019 - 17:30 to 20:00
Blackdown Hills Farming and Woodland Group invite you to: Climate Change and Farming on the Blackdown Hills

Blackdown Hills Farming and Woodland Group invite you to: Climate Change and Farming on the Blackdown Hills

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 09:30 to 16:00

A one day conference at Monks Yard, Horton Cross, Ilminster, 

What is the science? 

What does it mean for farming?

What does it mean for this landscape?

Key speakers:

  • Professor Richard Betts, Head of Climate IMpacts Strategy, The Met Office
  • Mhari Bourne, National Flood Risk Advisor, NFU
  • Richard Smith, the Environment Agency
  • Jerry Alford, Soil Association
  • Janet Cotter, Moor Trees

To book your place please email [email protected] 


12/11/2019 - 09:30 to 16:00
South of England Farming Conference 2019

South of England Farming Conference 2019

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 09:30 to 16:30
'From Uncertainty to Opportunity'
Whether or not you voted to leave the EU, most agree that the last three years have created great uncertainty and particularly for agriculture and food, so entwined is our industry with European and global markets. Once we are through the maelstrom of the immediate future, the question is: does the industry have a positive future?
Chaired by BBC presenter Charlotte Smith, this year’s conference will consider the post-Brexit world facing agriculture.  Coming less than 2 weeks after the UK is due to leave the EU, this year’s South of England Farming Conference features a line-up of experienced speakers who between them will present views from across the food supply chain.

Location: Ardingly

For more information please click here. 

13/11/2019 - 09:30 to 16:30
FAB Farmers Herbal Leys learning network event

FAB Farmers Herbal Leys learning network event

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 11:00 to 15:00

Location: Godminster Farm, Godminster Lane, Bruton, BA10

FABulous Farmers is a new European project designed to support farmers in the transition to more agro-ecological practices on their farms.

About this Event

Farmers are increasingly seeing the benefits of diverse herbal leys. Benefits to soil, livestock health, production and biodiversity. However, there is still a great deal to find out on how best to manage these leys to retain production and diversity. Innovative Farmers has a number of different Field Labs looking at different aspects of herbal leys and considering their benefits along with how best to manage them.

This FABulous Farmers Learning Network event aims to bring together learning from across the different Field Labs as well as other research projects that are ongoing looking at the benefits of herbal leys for pollinators and production.

The FABulous Farmers project aims to reduce reliance on external inputs, like chemical fertilisers and pesticides, by encouraging the use of methods and interventions that increase the farm’s Functional Agro-Biodiversity (FAB). These are targeted measures of biodiversity in and around the field to improve pollination, pest management, soil and water quality on the farmland.

One of the FAB practices being encouraged is the adoption of diverse herbal leys.


The day will start at Godminster Farms, Bruton Somerset BA10 0NE

11am Herbal leys in practice

Discuss herbal leys in practice at Godminster Farms. Opportunity to see 2nd year ley which is part of Innovative Farmers Field lab and new ley established this spring.

Following the discussion and farm walk, the event will move to Carymoor Environmental Centre, Dimmer Lane Castle Cary Somerset BA7 7NR

12.30 Arrive Carymoor Environmental Centre, Dimmer Lane Castle Cary Somerset BA7 7NR


1:00 Introduction to FABulous Farmers and Innovative Farmers activity around herbal leys (Kate Still)

1:10 Herbal leys for production – initial results and findings from University Reading led Diverse Forages Project (David Humphries, Reading University)

1.30 Herbal leys for biodiversity – introduction and learning from Pasture for Pollinators project. Six Welsh dairy farmers looking into different farm management options for grass-based farms which benefit pollinator populations (Sinead Lynch, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and David Edge, leading farmer on the project)

2:00 Feedback and discussion session around existing Field labs looking at different aspects of herbal leys within livestock and arable systems.

3:00 Finish

For further event information please contact [email protected]

For more information please click here

13/11/2019 - 11:00 to 15:00
East of England Farming Conference 2019

East of England Farming Conference 2019

Event date: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 09:00 to 17:00

The East of England Farming Conference is designed to share solid information with delegates from all aspects of the industry providing them with ideas and inspiration that they can take away and adopt in their own businesses and careers. We aim to help delegates prepare for what the future holds whilst encouraging them to look for opportunities and create some of their own. 

For more information click here 


14/11/2019 - 09:00 to 17:00
CFE Protecting Water On and Off Farms

CFE Protecting Water On and Off Farms

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 10:00 to 13:00

Venue: Tedburn St Mary Village Hall, Tedburn St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX6 6EZ

Good management of resources is essential to protect drinking waters, support soil health and benefit farm wildlife. Making sure you have efficient and sustainable water management practices will help your business and ensure the future health of our farmed environment. 

At this event you will hear from Ross Cherrington of the Farming Advice Service and Becky Hughes from CFE and FWAG south west about:

  • How farming can affect water quality for bathing, drinking and shellfish production
  • What you need to be doing to follow the EA's Farming Rules for Water and meet NVZ regulations
  • How to help wildlife and reduce flood risk through land management and habitat creation.

Book your place by calling 01823 660684 or email [email protected] 

Click here for more information. 

19/11/2019 - 10:00 to 13:00
Northamptonshire Miscanthus Farm Walk

Northamptonshire Miscanthus Farm Walk

Event date: 
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 08:30 to 10:30

This November 21st we're in Northamptonshire, on Ashley's Eastland's farm. Visitors can find out how the hands off nature of the Miscanthus crpo has allowed Ahsley to diversify the farm business further and open a pet food shop. 

The free to attend breakfast farm walk will include a complimentary meal, a presentation from Terravesta and a chance to tour the Miscanthus crop.

For more information please click here

21/11/2019 - 08:30 to 10:30
Food & Farming Futures: Farming to Improve Health

Food & Farming Futures: Farming to Improve Health

Event date: 
Monday, November 25, 2019 - 11:30 to Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 13:00

Farmers and food companies are in the health business and need to work together to reduce the cost of high quality foods and to raise the cost of unhealthy foods. Otherwise we will continue to pay for the effects of poor diet rather than addressing the causes.

Food is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Obesity, hunger, coronary heart disease and diabetes are major issues faced today and delivering affordable, nutritious food to a growing population is not making this challenege any easier.

This conference seeks to find out how agricultural science, farmers and the food industry can work together to resolve the economic and societal conflicts in food production. The following speakers will discuss the future of healthy living and lifestyles by connecting soils, crops, food, people and the environment.  


Program Day 1, Monday 25th November 11:30 - 18:30

Dr Clive Black, Head of research, Shore Capital: What are the financial risks to agri-food supply chains as they respond to delivering sustainable food whilst addressing the challenges of human health.

Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of diet and Health, Oxford University; A medical perspective: What is food’s role in preventative medicine and human health: how do we address the disconnect between food and human health? What has changed in our diets that gives us these increased problems.

Professor Judy Buttriss, Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation; The nutrition perspective: What’s the perfect diet to satisfy our nutritional needs – and what might be the long-term consequences of reducing animal products to accommodate environmental concerns.

Professor Ray Goldberg, Head of Food Policy, Harvard University; A video address from the pioneer of ‘agribusiness’ and author of Food Citizenship: food system advocates in an era of distrust. Who will be the change-makers of the food system: consumers, corporates or citizens?

Professors Nigel Scollan and Geoff Simm, Two institute leaders go head-to-head; A review of human health and food security in the context of globalisation and climate change.

Panel Discussion & questions from the floor; Panel: Susan Jebb, Judy Buttriss, Calum Murray (KTN / Innovate UK), Tor Harris (Waitrose).


Program Day 2, Tuesday 26th November 9:00 - 13:00

Dr Stephen Whybrow, Aberdeen University; What protein sources will we be consuming in the future – and what impact will these dietary trends have on human health and the landscape.

Professor Geoff Simm, Edinburgh University; What is the future role of livestock systems in agri-food? How can meat and milk be part of a future, sustainable, healthy diet?

Minette Batters, NFU President; The challenges and opportunities of food producers in dietary trends and human health and disease.

Ian Wright CBE, CEO of the Food & Drink Federation; What innovations are coming from the food and drink industry to deliver more sustainable and healthier solutions.

Achim Dobermann, Rothamsted Research; What agricultural innovations are coming from the research community to drive improved human health.

Judith Batchelar, Sainsbury’s; What innovations are coming from the retailer to deliver sustainable food production and improve human health.

Panel Discussion & questions from the floor; Panel; Teresa Wickham and Caroline Drummond MBE

Tickets available here 

LOCATION: The Slate, Warwick

Soil Health and Regenerative Agriculture for Livestock farms, intro

Soil Health and Regenerative Agriculture for Livestock farms, intro

Event date: 
Friday, November 29, 2019 - 10:00 to 15:45

Venue: Stonegate Village Hall, Stonegate, Wadhurst, TN5 7ED

Soil Health - Pasture Health - Whole Farm Planning

- Ever wanted to know what it is that makes grass grow rapidly and in drought?
- Want to know how to convert hard consolidated soil into friable top soil?
- Like to know how to create the most beneficial environment for stock on your farm?

On this short course (10 - 3:45pm), lead by Niels Corfield, you will
• Learn the whys and wherefores of regenerative agriculture and whole-farm health on grazed operations.
• Be introduced to new ways of thinking about the "farming problem" and new ways to view- and monitor your farm.

For more information, please click here

29/11/2019 - 10:00 to 15:45
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