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    LEAF Technical Field Day Focus on Research Innovations

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) will be helping farmers get geared up with the latest research and technology at a technical field day, held at Jealott’s Hill Farm in Berkshire.



The one day event, on Wednesday 19th May 2010 will focus on new innovations in dairy and arable research with topics ranging from carbon efficiency, grassland productivity, nutrient management, arable and grassland biodiversity as well as looking at how to build public trust and understanding in farming.

The day will include guided walks and practical demonstrations to help farmers improve their efficiency, profitability, productivity, environmental protection and enhancement of dairy and arable enterprises. A wide range of speakers will explain how integrating modern husbandry skills alongside traditional farming practices can have huge environmental benefits as well as help farmers save money. A special guided tour is being organised to visit ARTEMIS the robot – Syngenta’s new state of the art formulation robot and Jealott’s Hill Glasshouses.

Speaking on the event, Caroline Drummond, LEAF’s Chief Executive said:

“With so much discussion going on about the future of farming, it is difficult for farmers to find a way forward. What is certain is that they will have to think environment first and will be rewarded for delivering simple, yet effective, environmental management. This one day event focuses on key aspects of Integrated Farming for dairy and arable farmers, with practical examples of how to adopt IFM on their own farms and equip them with the skills to stand up and share with others what they are doing to produce food and care for the environment.”

Jim Morton, from Syngenta added:

“This day gives us a great opportunity to meet with our customers, to discuss the challenges they face and to share our insights into the future developments in farming. Syngenta is making significant investments to develop innovative solutions for agriculture and we are looking forward to giving our visitors a taste of the world-class research facilities that we have here at Jealott’s Hill.”

Topics and speakers include :

· Carbon efficiency opportunities – Simon Phelps, AB. Sustain
· Maximising grass quality and quantity for profit and environmental efficiency – Piers Badnell, DairyCo
· Sustainable nutrient management – Tom Land, Growhow
· Benefiting wildlife on farm – Geoff Coates, Operation Pollinator
· Farm4Bio: farm-scale management of uncropped land for biodiversity – Jim Orson, NIAB TAG
· Diversification of grassland for biodiversity and production – Dr Richard Pywell, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
· Future development in farming and the environment – Syngenta
· Speaking Out and Open Farm Sunday – Tom Allen-Stevens, LEAF

Plus stands and representatives from –Väderstad, HGCA, Campaign for the Farmed Environment, Syngenta, Environment Agency, Shorts Group and LEAF.

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