This webinar will explore the value of greenhouse gas and carbon footprinting to establish a benchmark of emissions within farm businesses. We will explore tools, data required and how to analyse results to identify key practices that can be implemented by the relevant farm system to reduce emissions and increase carbon sequestration options.
The Sustainable Soils Alliance will also deliver an update on the UK Farm Soil Carbon Code, covering the technical details and standards that are under review as part of the Code, as well as the progress being made to ensure that the soil carbon marketplace delivers for farmers, investors, and the environment.
Speakers: Thomas Vaughan (BASIS), Becky Wilson (Farm Carbon Toolkit), Matthew Orman (SSA).
Join AHDB and Becky Willson (FCT) for Tim Downes’ last strategic farm meeting to review his journey and explore how he is reducing his carbon footprint while continuing to run a profitable grazing-based system which is fit for the future.
Carbon emissions are being increasingly scrutinised by milk processors, and farms are under pressure to reduce their carbon footprint through efficiency and with more accurate calculations to increase their carbon storage – but this must be at balance with profitability.
Tim is very conscious of protecting and enhancing the environment but also sees the positive impact of these choices on the profitability of his business.
In the last few years Tim has reduced his carbon footprint significantly. This event will investigate how he has done this and practices you can apply at home.
Becky Willson from Farm Carbon Toolkit will be talking about the potential to continually sequester carbon on a grassland system, taking carbon deeper and explaining how management practices can enable this: “its not the plough, it’s the how”.
The meeting will cover
Carbon footprinting as a tool for increasing productivity
Measurements of carbon sequestration – what do they mean?
Taking carbon deeper – Sequestration or storing
The role of biodiversity and the wider environment
Increasing profitability through carbon management
Plans for the future
Please note children under the age of 16 and dogs are not allowed at the event, even if they are staying in the car.
FCT is excited to be presenting at the first Future Farming Expo in Scotland to be held on 10th – 11th October 2023 at the P&J Live in Aberdeen.
This event is publicised as ‘The event for agricultural change’ and we are glad to have been invited to participate and knowledge share.
The Future Farming Expo aims to support Scotland and its farmers in order to make Scotland a global leader in innovative, profitable and sustainable agriculture.
The event has been created by farmers, for farmers, after in-depth research looking at addressing the changing agricultural landscape.
Take positive steps for your farm’s future.
The agricultural industry is heading toward a more sustainable, profitable, and efficient future. Future Farming Expo aims to bring together forward-thinking Scottish farmers, advisors, and rural businesses over two days for knowledge hubs, discussion, and networking across a busy exhibition hall.
The event has four major themes:
Arable and livestock innovations
Farm business and diversification
Sustainability and carbon
Smart technology and AI
FCT at the Future Farming Expo
Farm Carbon Toolkit will have a stall at the event and is also running a session on ‘Myth busting for ruminants and carbon’ to fit under their topic title ‘What does carbon mean for farming systems?’. In our session we aim to discuss the role of ruminants in future food systems and how to minimise and appropriately account for emissions. We also plan to discuss the role of grazing livestock in supporting soil health and soil carbon, and GWP vs GWP*.
Head here to book your free ticket, you need to complete a booking form and register for your free ticket.
FCT is excited to be hosting a session at The Dairy Show to be held on Wednesday 4th October.
The shows theme this year will be “Reduce what you can. Offset what you can’t!“
The Dairy Show is a essential date in the farming calendar having supported British Farming for over 40 years. It combines a comprehensive plethora of trade stalls with an exhibition of dairy stock, the latest technologies and a compelling programme of expert speakers.
FCT’s session will be focusing on demystifying carbon for dairy farmers, but you can also catch us on our stall at the event too.
Please note, this event is not organised by FCT, but we will be there to give advice and support on how to start accounting for your greenhouse gas emissions across your dairy enterprise and on how to start reducing these emissions whilst maintaining productivity and profit.
Do you want to create resilient and productive farm and food systems?
The Agroforestry Show, organised by the Soil Association and the Woodland Trust, is the first of its kind aimed at bringing together farmers, foresters, tree surgeons, growers, graziers, advisors, funders, food businesses and agroforesters!
Agroforestry has the power to improve biodiversity and soil health, cut carbon emissions and produce healthy nutritious food and sustainable timber.
Learn to see the wood for the trees through two days of:
Inspiring workshops and talks
Farmer and forester-led discussions
Agroforestry farm walks
Exhibitions and market stalls
Hannah Jones, one of our Farm Carbon and Soils advisors will be facilitating what is set to be a very interesting Q&A session ‘Trees for forage’ with Matt Chatfield who grazes his woodland with sheep in the South West.
Come and say hello
We will also have a stand where you can come and say hello and learn more about what we do and how we can support you in your agroforestry journey. We look forward to seeing you there.
To book your place head to The Agroforestry Show ticket page here
To find out more
You can read all about the event and other speakers here.
Carbon-footprint, carbon capture and net-zero farming are all terms upland farmers hear. But what do they mean for a farm business? A FREE webinar on Monday 6 March (7:30pm-9:00pm) will help commoners answer this question.
Hosted by the Foundation for Common Land (FCL) it should help farmers understand how they can map and manage their farm’s carbon footprint across in-bye and common land. It will also provide guidance on how farmers can reduce their greenhouse emissions and increase the carbon stored in their land. And it will help to answer the question of where the money will come from to pay for this, explains Project Manager Sam Caraway.
Tom Stratton from the Duchy of Cornwall will be talking about the work they have been doing to manage natural capital and reach net zero across their extensive common land and tenanted estate. Becky Willson from the Farm Carbon Toolkit will also be there. Becky will be joined by commoners from Kinniside common to talk about the work they’ve done to ‘commons-proof’ our carbon calculator, which will be free for any farmer to use.
David Jones, Executive Director of CO2eco will lead a session on carbon finance. He will outline how carbon finance can support nature recovery and farming resilience and how farmers can access this. And Rosie Snowden, from Yorkshire Peat Partnership, will talk about how farmers can identify, plan and fund peat restoration on their common.
Throughout the 90-minute session, people can ask questions and be guided to other sources of help. Sam Caraway says:
“There is plenty to interest any upland farmer who wants to understand how carbon affects them. If you can’t make the webinar do signup to get a link to a recording of the event on YouTube, to watch when convenient.”
To sign up:
Follow the links to sign up from the events webpage here.
Join us to hear and discuss the latest ideas and techniques for farming with nature to provide healthy businesses, people and food.
About this event
An event to excite and inspire the current and future farming community by presenting the latest ideas and thinking around productive and profitable farming methods which enhances our environment and health.
Hear from an exciting line up of local and knowledgeable speakers who will be sharing their first-hand experience of working and farming in the county carefully managing the land, livestock and people to create successful businesses.
10-10.30am – Arrival. Tea and coffee
10.30-10.40 – Introduction. Opening Address
10:40-11:30 – Session 1 – Dirt to Soil This session will set to answer why should we invest in improving our soil health? What is the potential return on investment of using tools like herbal leys and cover crops?
11:30-12:20 – Session 2 – Profitable Farming Systems Can we be productive whilst enhancing the environment and making a fair return? Hear how these farmers are doing just this!
12:20-13:10 – Lunch
13:10-14:00 – Session 3 – All About People How do we create businesses which attract (and keep) good people whilst allowing a generous work/life balance?
14:00-14:50 – Session 4 – Carbon Negative Cornwall Farmers can help reduce and even reverse climate change. What are the opportunities today (to reduce emissions), what other benefits will they bring and how can businesses adopt them?
14:50-15:00 – Tea & Coffee Break
15:00-15:50 – Session 5 – Proper Hansom Food What unique values does produce from West Cornwall have for our customers? As farmers how can we enhance these and secure a share in the extra value?
Entry is free and by ticket only, please click on the eventbrite link below. Tickets limited to 2 per business and offered on a first come first served basis with priority given to farming businesses/individuals located in West Cornwall.
FCT & Yeo Valley – Transitioning to Regenerative Farming
An event for farmers to share the results from the Farm Carbon Toolkit’s work with Yeo Valley on a transition to regenerative farming
About this event:
Creating the space ahead of COP27 for the UK’s rural community to take centre stage and showcase our contribution to a just and equitable resilient net zero economy. The themes at Countryside COP2 anchor to those at COP 27. This event sits on the ‘Adaptation and Water’ themed day on the 10th of October.
Farm Carbon Toolkit has been working with Yeo Valley over the past two years to build knowledge on baseline soil carbon levels and investigate farming practices which build soil carbon reliably, whilst improving soil health and increasing on farm biodiversity. At this event we will share the results of this work and look at the impact on all aspects of farmland ecosystem services including water security.
This event is designed for farmers to understand more about the pioneering research that has been taking place through this project. There will be lots of time for discussions and questions, and there will be a farm walk allowing participants to see some of the current innovations at Holt Farm including silvopasture, composting, diverse leys and various grazing techniques.
Provisional agenda for the day:
● Introduction to the day from Yeo Valley
● Presentations from FCT staff Becky Willson and Liz Bowles
● Farmer perspectives
● Break for refreshments
● Farm Walk at Holt Farm, Blagdon
To see the full Countryside COP2 programme please see here
To book your space, please go to the Eventbrite page here.
Please note this event is limited to 22 due to the space inside the yurt.
This November, world leaders will meet in Glasgow at the global climate talks to discuss our future. We’ll be heading over to the People’s Summit for Climate Justice which brings together the climate justice movement to discuss, learn and strategise for systems change.
Samuel Smith from the Farm Carbon Toolkit will be presenting at a session on soil carbon: to share what we’ve been learning at the Farm Carbon Toolkit – covering some of the science, as well as the trends and issues around measuring and supporting farmers to improve their soil cabron.
Session title: Soil carbon – the science, the politics
About the session: Soil is increasingly under the spotlight as a place where we can sink our excess carbon. Sounds great, right? But what does that mean in practice in terms of farming practices, land rights and land security, especially when combined with the increasing use of carbon markets?
Contributors: Samuel Smith (Farm Carbon Toolkit), Kirtana Chandrasekaran (Friends of the Earth), Anastasia Fyk (Canada, NFU), Clem Sandison (PFLA)
BioFarm 2021 is Ireland’s Biological Farming Conference – back for a fourth year. The conference will take place across five days from November 8th – 12th 2021 – and is put on by the National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS).
FCT Director Liz Bowles will be presenting on “The Carbon Toolkit – Measuring Carbon Sequestration on Your Farm” on Friday Nov 12th at 5.25pm.
More information about the event
Like 2020’s edition, all 5 days will be streamed live online, with “All Access” online tickets available for just €50 for Irish residents. However, there will also be a small in-person audience in The Landmark Hotel in Carrick on Shannon each day. These tickets are limited, so please book ASAP to ensure your place.
Each day of the conference will have a specific theme centred around Biological / Regenerative Farming, and will feature the usual high-level mix of Irish and international farming experts.