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National Organic Combinable Crops Conference

National Organic Combinable Crops Conference

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 09:30 to 16:30
Hosted by third-generation mixed farmer Mark Lea @GreenAcres_Farm – in partnership with the Organic Research Centre (ORC), Walnes Seeds, Organic Arable, Hodmedods and Harper Adams University – visitors will have the chance to learn about the farm and its operations during an in-depth farm walk.
As well as examining extensive crop trials – including winter wheat varieties ORC Wakelyns Population, Basset, Crispin, Evolution, Montana, Siskin and Spyder – visitors will also get a glimpse of the farm’s resident flock of New Zealand Romney sheep, its 80-head herd of pedigree Hereford cattle, and its green waste business, which composts 5000 tonnes of waste every year.
Visitors will also hear from a range of experts, including NIAB’s head of farming systems research, Elizabeth Stockdale, and independent plant and soil educator Joel Williams.
Mark Measures of the Institute of Organic Training and Advice will also be sharing the latest research and practical approaches to improving soil health and biology as he completes a global tour as part of his Churchill scholarship.
The Liveseed project involves each of the growers producing three of seven winter wheat varieties in different combinations to enable comparisons between them. This ‘balanced incomplete block’ puts varieties onto farms to be tested at a commercial scale, where performance is most relevant and can be done at little cost.
This year, the NOCC conference lunch will be prepared by renowned baker Kimberly Bell from the Small Food Bakery. Kimberley and her team will be including many of the key crops demonstrated in the field in their menu.
Host farmer Mark Lea says: “We like to see how we can do things differently and welcoming NOCC to the farm gives us that chance to experiment with new varieties, which is very exciting.
“We first hosted NOCC a few years ago and we found then that it gives us the motivation to experiment, while the chance to talk to other growers and experts about their ideas is incredibly useful,” he adds. “We’re looking forward to opening our gates to visitors again this year.”
Roger Kerr, OF&G chief executive, says: “NOCC has become the highlight in the organic farming calendar and we are very pleased this year to be hosted by Mark on his superb organic family farm.
“We are gathering together some of the best and most experienced professionals in food and farming to help our delegates look in detail at the things that matter most to them: the soil, the seeds, agronomic practices and how these impact on the final food products we are all dependent upon.
“With such a range of experts speaking on a wide variety of subjects, there really is something for everyone at NOCC,” he adds. “We’ve no doubt that tickets will be more in-demand than ever before, so we recommend people register now to avoid disappointment.”
Delegate tickets for the event cost £35, with discounts for additional family members.

Location: Green Acres Farm, Kemberton, Telford,

More information here

03/07/2018 - 09:30 to 16:30
Soil Farmer of the Year Farm Walk York
03/07/2018 - 18:00 to 20:30
Total Dairy Seminar 2018

Total Dairy Seminar 2018

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 10:00 to Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 16:00

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stratford upon Avon

Our aim for 2018 is to continue the ethos of previous years – Delivering Global Dairy Expertise – by bringing leading experts in a range of dairy related fields to present the latest research and ideas on their subject at the conference.

We will be running both lectures in the main seminar hall and smaller group workshop sessions in the breakout rooms throughout the two days of the conference. Over the coming months we will be organising a fantastic line of global experts to present the most up to date information on a range of dairy topics.

The conference dinner will take place in the Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza on the Wednesday evening. Bed and breakfast accommodation in the conference hotel will be available for delegates on a first come first served basis.

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2018 Nuffield Farming Lecture, Professor Michael Winter

2018 Nuffield Farming Lecture, Professor Michael Winter

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 10:30 to 14:30
Professor of Land Economy and Society at the Centre for Rural Policy Research in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter. He is a board member of Natural England and Rothamsted Research and chairs the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Partnership.
Michael has forty years’ experience of research and policy engagement. He works at the interface of social science, policy and land management.  He is currently co-directing Defra’s Sustainable Intensification Research Platform.
In his 2018 Nuffield lecture in July 2018 he will examine the changing world of food consumption – how cultures, beliefs and practices combine to alter patterns of consumption. He will consider what all this will mean to UK farmers in the future, and whether the industry is well placed to respond to the opportunities and challenges of changing food cultures.
10.00 for 10.30: Welcome, Reception and Coffee
10.30: Lecture
11.30: Open Forum 
12.15 – 14.00: Finger buffet Lunch

Location: Telford Theatre, 'One Great George Street', Westminster

More information here 

04/07/2018 - 10:30 to 14:30
Soil Farmer of the Year Winners Walk

Soil Farmer of the Year Winners Walk

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 18:00 to 20:30

Venue: Motts Farm, St Lawrence, Southminster, Essex, CM0 7LR

Make sure you don't miss out in finding out why Simon Cowell was awarded this year's top prize, by coming along to his farm walk on the 4th July at Motts Farm, in Essex. Simon farms 400 acres of heavy clay soils with a large acreage below sea level, growing a variety of crops. He has been working on improving his soils for the last two decades, moving to a no-till system 12 years ago, being flexible with management and rotations to prioritise soil health.

For more information please click here

Book your free place by contacting Becky on 01579 372376 / 07875 356611 or email [email protected] 

04/07/2018 - 18:00 to 20:30
Soil Farmer of the Year Integrated Farm Walk

Soil Farmer of the Year Integrated Farm Walk

Event date: 
Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 09:30 to 13:00

The walk is being joined together with another event being organised by Catchment Sensitive Farming and AHDB, entitled, Integrated Farming - Sustainability and Management. During this event, there will be a chance to hear Will talk about how he is managing his soils and transformed the farm, and to dig a little deeper into how to change the system as a farm manager.

Venue: Little Pix Hall Farm, Hawkhurst, Kent, TN18 4HT

To book your place and for more information click here

05/07/2018 - 09:30 to 13:00
Farm Woodland Forum, Annual meeting, Leicestershire

Farm Woodland Forum, Annual meeting, Leicestershire

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:30 to Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 16:30
This year’s Annual Meeting is being kindly hosted by Chris Stoate at The GWCT Allerton Project at Loddington, Leicestershire. The working title for the meeting is “Trees and Livestock” and we welcome papers on this theme, as well as more general agroforestry papers. If you would like to offer a paper, please contact Jo Smith as soon as possible, and by 31st May at the latest. The meeting starts with lunch on Tuesday 10th, followed by an afternoon of presentations and the FWF AGM in the evening. On Wednesday 11th, there will be presentations followed by a tour of the Allerton Project farm including a visit to the silvopastoral trial and will finish mid-afternoon. We will post the agenda on Farm Woodland Forum in due course.
Please fill out a booking form and return to Jo Smith
More information here
Great Soils Cornwall

Great Soils Cornwall

Event date: 
Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:45 to 14:30

An event hosted by AHDB Dairy. 

How healthy are your soils? Are they working for you? If, when and how to reseed and seed varieties to use.

Venue: Bodmin

To book a place please contact Kate Harris from AHDB Dairy on 07929 203703 or email [email protected]

30/07/2018 - 10:45 to 14:30
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