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Fuelling Our Future Farmers

Renewable energy and anaerobic digestion are just two of the buzz words concerning younger farmers as they embrace a future dominated by climate change and dwindling supplies of traditional fuels and fertilisers.

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Just how to farm and make a profit in the new environment is the theme of this year's Future Farmers of Wales Annual Conference.

Fuelling Our Future is the title of the event to be held at the International Pavilion on the Royal Welsh Showground on Tuesday, 13 November. And the industry 'Think Tank' comprising some of Wales's leading younger farmers will hear from speakers who have explored imaginative ways of exploiting new opportunities.

Chairman Geraint Hughes says he expects the conference will provide delegates with a timely and inspirational insight into the challenges facing the industry.

"The renewable energy industry is at its infancy and there's no doubt it will play a major role in shaping our future", he adds.

"Our members want to take a lead in developing solutions, so we've got together three speakers who are all heavily involved in the sector and who are willing to share their good and bad experiences with us."

Speakers will include Corwen sheep farmer, Llyr Jones, who is a director of BML Biofuels Ltd.

It aims to establish one of Wales' first on-farm bio-fuel enterprises and Llyr will be sharing his thoughts as to how farmers can benefit from biofuel technology.

Working with biomass and anaerobic digestion, as well as bio diesel, is Research Economist, Graham Redman. He is charged with leading the Andersons Centre Research Team in the renewables sector and has worked with both the public and private sectors.

And generating electricity from anaerobic digestion is the speciality of consultant John Cook. He will be sharing with the conference ideas shaped by his work in appraising the use of anaerobic digestion of farm and food wastes to produce biogas.

link Welsh Farmers Fuelling the Future
link Live Maize Harvesting and Crimping Demo at Exeter Site
link Applications Open for New Energy Crops Scheme
link Crop Market Update

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