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Farming Profitably in a Changing Climate

Come and join FCCT and a host of speakers to find out how to farm profitably and sustainably in a changing climate.

 Where?Rural Innovation Centre, Manor Farm, Harnhill, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5PX

When? 3rd February 2015, 9.30 - 4.30

Booking is essential.  Reserve your place by calling 0845 4587485 or emailing [email protected]

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Speaker details

Mike Donovan Chair - Editor Practical Farm Ideas

Rebecca Audsley: "Farming For a Better Climate; practical and profitable ideas to reduce the farm carbon footprint”

Rebecca is the Project Manager for the Scottish Government funded Farming for a Better Climate (FFBC) initiative within SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College; formerly the Scottish Agricultural College).Farming for a Better Climate works with volunteer climate change focus farmers and local discussion groups across Scotland to explore practical, low cost efficiency measures farmers can adapt and consider; both benefiting the farm business and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from routine practices. 

Philip Gibson, Marks & Spencer " A retailer's perspective on carbon footprinting"

Philip has worked with M&S since February 2011 and works within the Agriculture team with responsibility for farmer engagement and agricultural trade PR. He has a BSc(Hons) in Agriculture and has extensive experience working at all levels of the agricultural supply chain, from practical farm work to working with food processors and in retail.

Rich Clothier, Wyke Farms, "A practical take on carbon reduction"

Rich Clothier represents the third-generation of the Clothiers, a family who has been making cheddar on its Somerset farm since 1861. A deep-rooted dedication to expanding the family
business his Grandmother started and a rare commercial acumen has resulted in Rich
increasing distribution to more than 150 countries worldwide. Since his
inception as Managing Director, the Wyke Farms brand has grown consistently
year on year by over 40%. Rich is committed to sustainable farming and has spent the
last two years building an on-site biogas plant, which now saves Wyke Farms
over 5 million kilos of carbon dioxide per annum and has made Wyke Farms the UK’s
first national cheddar brand to become 100% self-sufficient in green energy. His
on-going commitment to sustainability at Wyke Farms has meant that the company
has received national and international recognition.

Mark Pettigrew, PepsiCo, "Low Carbon Farming"

Mark has been in the ag supply chain for over 35 years, starting with Smiths Crisps. The first 15 years of his career was in the UK but from 1990 he has been working in Europe developing growers on best practices to improve productivity and quality. For the last 7 years he has been responsible for PepsiCo’s Agricultural Sustainability Programme in Europe, managing the 50 in 5 & icrop programmes. Working with growers of potatoes, oats, corn and apples.

Dr Ceris Jones, NFU, "'Climate change mitigation policy and agriculture"

Dr Ceris Jones is the NFU’s climate change advisor. She has a background in national and international research and industry, covering agricultural and environmental issues. She has been with the NFU for seven years dealing with all aspects of climate change.

Mike Harrington, Edaphos

Mike is the owner of Edaphos Ltd, a company offering agronomy and soil fertility services for Agriculture and Horticulture. Poor soil health and reduced fertility are fast becoming a
serious issue across the world. Understanding soil systems and the crops
requirements within that system allows us to manage health and farming
efficiency for the future.

Dr Jenni Dungait, North Wyke Research

Dr Jennifer Dungait leads the Soil Carbon Dynamics group at Rothamsted Research, home to the longest running agricultural experiments in the world, and with a unique historic legacy in soil organic carbon research. Her work aims to develop a fully quantitative understanding of soil organic matter dynamics which underpins strategies to manage and improve soil quality by increasing soil carbon storage, and thereby to support the development of environmentally-benign agricultural systems in a changing climate. She is currently working with partners in the UK, Europe, the USA, South America, India, China and Australasia to develop strategies to increase soil organic carbon in agricultural soils.

Robert Thornhill, Dairy Farmer and Nuffield Scholar on Sustainable Pasture based livestock production

Robert runs a closed herd of 250 Spring calving crossbred cows in the Peak District near Bakewell in Derbyshire.
He recently completed a Nuffield Farming Scholarship looking into Forages and Grazing Techniques for Sustainable Pasture Based Dairying and Livestock Production.  Since returning from his travels he is now experimenting with diverse swards.

How do I book?

For more information, or to book your place please contact Becky Willson at the Rural Business School on 0845 4587485 or by email at [email protected]

Cost: £38.40 +VAT including lunch.