Grower guidance on financial and environmental sustainability

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18 February 2022
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Carbon farming, new policy, and renewable energy opportunities advice on offer

PRACTICAL guidance and solutions for growers wishing to increase the financial and environmental sustainability of their business, and drive down emissions, will be provided at the Low Carbon Agriculture Show on March 8th and 9th.

Speakers will discuss new environmental policy on UK farms, as well as opportunities such as carbon farming, and advances in renewable energy.
 
Representatives from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Department for Transport (DfT), Environment Agency, Welsh Government, National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and Country Land and Business Association (CLA), will present in the show’s conference. A further 100 expert speakers will discuss topics ranging from soil health, carbon farming, and sustainable water management to updates on environmental land management schemes, and dedicated sessions for each renewable energy type, as well as agri-tech and seminars on energy storage and Low Emission Vehicles (LEVs).
 
Event director, David Jacobmeyer said the show will help growers make lasting connections with people who will assist them in the agricultural transition.
 
Chaired by NFU chief renewable energy and climate change advisor, Dr Jonathan Scurlock, keynote presentations will include details on the agricultural transition, from Victoria Prentis, Minister of State at Defra, alongside net zero ambitions from the Welsh government’s deputy climate change minister, Lee Waters. Dr Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive at the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA), will discuss the decarbonisation of our energy system in line with net zero goals.
 
Held in partnership with the NFU, CLA and Energy Now, Low Carbon Agriculture show incorporates four expos including: ‘Environmental Business Expo’, ‘Farm Technology Expo’, ‘Energy Now Expo’ and ‘Low Emission Vehicles Expo.’
 
New for 2022, the carbon farming session, chaired by Susan Twining, chief land use policy adviser at the CLA, will discuss measuring, reducing, and trading carbon, as well as updating delegates on the much-awaited soil carbon code and factors to consider if sequestering carbon.
 
Tom Heap, Farming and Environmental Journalist will chair a ‘Reaching Net Zero in Agriculture’ debate, with panellists including Caroline Drummond MBE, chief executive officer at LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Gavin Lane, vice president at the CLA, Dr Jonathan Scurlock at the NFU and Sonya Bedford, partner – Energy Spencer West.
 
Visitors to the event will also have the chance to try out Low Emission Vehicles (LEVs) on a test track. Vehicles on display include the T6. 180 Methane Power tractor from New Holland, and agricultural Land Rovers which have been converted to 100% electric using a ‘drop-in’ kit from clean transport specialist, Electrogenic. Also being showcased will be Electric UBCO 2WD work bikes, the Eco Charger 2DW and 4DW quad bikes, and the Electric HiSun 4WD UTV / Work Buggy, all from Offroad Electric. The electric Farmtrac tractor, distributed by Reesink Agriculture will be at the show, alongside Listers who will be showcasing the Toyota Proace, the RAV4 plug-in hybrid, the C-HR Self-Charging Hybrid and the all-new Lexus NX Hybrid.  
 
The event is free for farmers landowners and related agri/rural business owners. To register, visit our events page here.

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