As the number of farmers practicing Conservation Agriculture continues to grow, we would like to invite you to the first in a series of one-day conferences; bringing together expert speakers to provide unbiased answers on key issues that farmers taking this systems approach face. Does Conservation Agriculture have a future role in sustainable and profitable food production in the UK? Come and listen to what the experts have to say about it. We look forward to seeing you at what is sure to be a stimulating and thought provoking event.
09.30 Registration and welcome.
10:00 Introduction to day and Conservation Agriculture bench marking project – Richard Harding, Procam.
10.15 Joel Williams, Biolife Ag. Rethinking minerals and microbes – balancing nutrient supply and soil agro-ecological health in order to optimise photosynthesis, crop quality, pest and disease pressure.
13.15 Lunch and networking
14.15 Andrew Howard, Kent farmer and Nuffield Scholar presents his report on Companion cropping.
15.15 Elizabeth Stockdale, Newcastle University. The facts. Just what does the latest science on soil biology tell us and how best can we manage it.
16.15 Plantworks Ltd. Presentation of results on soil biological activity following soil testing from Weston Park farms and site of the Groundswell Event, a no-till farm using conventional chemistry and after 8 years of no soil disturbance.
16.45 Questions to the panel of speakers and closing remarks.