How can land advisers make new Agri Tech Strategy work?
The Government’s new Agri Tech Strategy will need key knowledge exchange partners if it is to make a difference and fulfil its objectives of sustainable intensification. The latest policy and practice note from LWEC emphasises the important role that the advisory professions will play.
Relu Newsletter - October 2014
The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme in association with Landbridge October 2014 newsletter includes all the latest news and updates on Relu and LWEC research projects, events, staff and publications.
Free wind energy seminars for farmers and landowners
RenewableUK is providing free seminars for farmers and landowners who are interested in learning more about the benefits and practical issues associated with the installation of a wind turbine/s. The seminars will take place on 13th November 2014 at Manchester Central Convention Complex and will be provided by a range of industry experts covering issues such as feasibility, planning, opportunities and potential hurdles to overcome, financing, technical innovations and grid connection.Those attending will also have free access to an exhibition where they will be able to meet developers, turbine manufacturers and a wide range of service providers. The exhibition includes a special section on small and medium wind turbines. Register here for the event.
Sustainable Intensification Platform will develop better measures
Sustainable intensification – increasing farm productivity while avoiding negative environmental and social impacts – is going to be key to ensuring future productivity. Defra’s 3-year, £4.5m Sustainable Intensification Platform was officially launched in London on 30th September 2014. Involving a large consortium of stakeholders spanning research and practice, the project involves three interlinked projects led by Exeter University, National Institute of Agricultural Botany and ADAS. These projects will develop improved indicators for measuring different sustainable intensification interventions and their impact and test these at farm and then landscape scale, as well as examining the external influences on farmers’ productivity and the sustainability of their practices. Landbridge is involved in the platform as a key dissemination partner to promote engagement between the Sustainable Intensification Platform and the land advisory professions.
Building on a solid foundation: Improving knowledge exchange in arable farming
Landbridge co-hosted a workshop on the 23rd September 2014 in Peterborough which examined knowledge exchange in the arable sector and how this could be built upon and improved. The event was co-hosted by the Agricultural Industries Confederation, the Home Grown Cereals Authority and the Association of Independent Crop Consultants and featured contributions from leading industry representatives and researchers. This interactive workshop involved delegates mapping the knowledge exchange landscape in the arable sector, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and developing priorities for how knowledge exchange mechanisms and strategies could be improved in the future. The programme for the event is available here and the landbridge blog features reflections on the day from panellist Jeremy Phillipson, research scientist Paul Neve and agronomist Patrick Stephenson.
The names of the 15 Agri-Tech Catalyst Award winning projects have been announced. In this first round of the competition, the winning projects will receive a share of £18 million of funding from government and industry to help accelerate agricultural innovation and their commercial viability. This includes £12.1 million funding from government (from the Technology Strategy Board/Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Department for International Development) with £5.7 million co-investment from industry. The winning projects are all led by UK companies and span 3 key areas of the agriculture sector – crops, livestock and aquaculture. Full details of the winning projects can be found here.