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People and the land: understanding the family farm

Sally Shorthall, Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy, will be giving her inaugural lecture in the Newcastle University Insight Public Lecture series on Thursday 16 November 2017, 17:30 - 18:45 in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University. All are welcome. When we think about farming, we tend to think of the mechanics of agriculture, yet it is people who farm, and in most of Europe it is families. This lecture highlights the need for a social science perspective to consider how family dynamics shape farming practices. It considers how the family and farm interact, with examples of ageing farmers, new entrants, and gender inequalities. An understanding of the social dimensions of farming is key to a successful industry.


Yorkshire Agricultural Society host free event on bio pesticides

The Farmer-Scientist Network of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society are hosting a free event in Harrogate on Thursday 23rd November for farmers, agronomists and industry on bio pesticides and alternatives to conventional chemical pesticides for cereals. The event includes speakers from Eurofins, Biorationale and Bayer and will include presentations on the spring wheat trials and the second season of trials looking at the impact of biologically based crop protection products and winter wheat. The event will be held at Pavilions of Harrogate, 6pm until 8:30pm and includes a complimentary hot supper. More details on the event and how to register can be found here.


Link up with other researchers and practitioners interested in sustainable intensification
Want to share ideas for engagement and collaboration on sustainable intensification of agriculture? The Sustainable Intensification Research Network has set up an information sharing tool. If you would like to make contact with others interested in this topic and maybe get involved in research in this area you can register using the link below. The information provided will be available on our website and you will be able to filter registrations by academic discipline, research area and capability, countries and funding opportunities. The form is easy to complete but you will need to agree with our Terms and Conditions. Please register your expertise here and soon you will be able to view list of registered partners.


Relu Newsletter - October 2017

The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme October 2017 newsletter includes all the latest news and updates on Relu and LWEC research projects, events, staff and publications.

Booking open now for RICS events in November
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has two high profile events scheduled for November. RICS Rural Mid-Session conference takes place in Battleby on 23 November 2017. Join the RICS team to discuss what role the rural profession can play to support Scotland's forests and to increase their value and contribution to the environment and the economy. Further sessions such as business rates and renewables will look at renewable energy schemes and what the rate reliefs and liability are likely to be for hydro, wind and solar projects. Download the agenda and book now via the RICS website. The RICS Rural Conference is scheduled for 30 November 2017 at Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, to provide a platform to learn about and discuss the latest developments that will affect the rural sector. This event will offer a timely opportunity to consider what a favourable outcome from Brexit could look like and how to achieve this. The agenda is available and you can book via the RICS website.


Beefier profits from the dairy herd
Approximately half of all beef in England is a product of the dairy herd. Improving the quality of these cattle can bring economic benefits to everyone involved in the beef supply chain. In Beef Production from the Dairy Herd the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board covers issues such as improving genetics, better production systems and meeting market needs to boost profits.


Looking ahead in the grain market post Brexit
Competitiveness, improving performance, a collaborative supply chain, a consistent product and maximising niche opportunities are going to be key factors in making sales of UK grain count at home and abroad, according to new horizon market intelligence analysis from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. The report is available on line and may be downloaded from the AHDB website.












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Mike Butcher, Agronomist and Landbridge member