Join us for an inspiring and practical day to celebrate and support innovation by farmers:
• Meet farmers pioneering better approaches to reduced tillage, herd health, weed control
• Get practical tips on how to test things effectively on your own farm
• Find out what funding and support is available to help you
• Tell us what support you would like in future, so we can tell government
Farmers, advisors and researchers all welcome.
The day takes place at Sheepdrove Organic Farm, and includes a delicious lunch and optional farm walk.
Tickets cost £20 + vat for members of Innovative Farmers and £35 + vat for others.
10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.30 Welcome and introduction
10.45 Farmer innovation - showcase and networking
Hear from farmers who are testing ideas and experimenting with new systems and techniques. Their punchy presentations will sum up what they have learnt, what they would do differently, and how these trials have affected their business. We’ve set up the coffee break and lunch so you meet them and network to find out more.
Topics and speakers included below.
Includes coffee break and networking 11:30-12:00.
13.00 Sharing thoughts and ideas over lunch
14.00 Making the most of field labs
You’ve got a bright idea, what next? This session will give you top tips, from finding likeminded farmers or a suitable researcher to help out, to designing a practical trial and recording data. We will help you understand what to ask researchers and what they mean when they reply, and make sure the science works for you.
15.30 Next steps and closing words
16.15 Optional farm tour of Sheepdrove Farm
16.15 Optional workshop on innovation support
While many of the best ideas in farming come from farmers, most of the research money goes ‘upstream’ to develop new products and services to sell to them. The European Innovation Partnership (EIP), part of the CAP, is one of the first policies to do it differently, putting farmers and foresters in the driving seat. With Brexit, this will go. How should the UK governments support farmer innovation after the CAP?