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Soil & Water Live 2012

Water is vital for British Agriculture but unpredictable rainfall has been playing havoc on farms right across the UK. In the last 2 years alone we have seen the second driest spring in 100 years and the wettest summer for 100 years.



Soil & Water Live, the Royal Agricultural Society of England’s new technical conference, seeks to help farmers prepare for and manage water and soil challenges on farm, both today and in the future. Sponsored by Barclays and taking place on 13th November at Stoneleigh Park, this innovative event is one not to be missed.

“Professor Tim Benton, Global Food Security Champion, will open the event followed by a debate exploring the Value of Water,” explains David Gardner, RASE Chief Executive. “We will hear from high profile panellists from Anglian Water, PepsiCo and NFU on what as a supply chain we need to do to secure water for food production in the UK.”

A choice of nine technical afternoon workshops will give delegates a taste of what science can offer for the solutions of tomorrow, while others offer practical solutions to challenges on farm today.

The NFU and Anglian Water will be looking at the future for water trading and abstraction, while Catchment Sensitive Farming will focus on reducing soil and nutrient losses and how to better manage water resources on farm.

Soil biota, boosting arable soil productivity, water storage, irrigation, land drainage, livestock soil challenges and plant genetics are all topics covered in the workshops.

“This programme offers farmers and the allied industry an unprecedented insight into the picture of water in UK agriculture and practical, technical solutions available to farmers to manage their soils to produce more with less,” says Martin Redfearn, Head of Barclays Agriculture. “We are delighted to be supporting the event and look forward to a day of thought provoking insights from such a high profile programme of speakers”.

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