• Norfolk broads

    Looking forward

    As the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs commented at the Oxford Farming Conference last week “…if we want to preserve that which we cherish – a thriving agricultural sector, a healthy rural economy, beautiful landscapes, rich habitats for wildlife, a just society and fair economy – then we need to be able to shape change rather than seeking to resist it.”

    We start the year with a Pollinator that aims to help farmers understand how to cost and value – in financial terms – the natural capital assets they have and also the contextual specificity of the land use.  For example, would a reservoir in dry Norfolk be “worth” more than one on the Somerset Levels which is prone to flooding? And how can a farmer assign a real financial value to the benefits, both to the environment and the business, to that asset? Similarly wildflower margins that encourage pollinating insects – what quantified benefits can be seen for crop yield?

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  • No-till in a time of climate change challenges thinking

    Tillage practices – ploughing operations that disturb the soil – affect soil carbon, water pollution, and farmers’ energy and pesticide use, and therefore the approach to cultivation can have a…

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  • Matt O'Hagan, M&S

    Good taste and fresh ideas from M&S at REAP

    “M&S is looking at ways to increase the nutritional value of food, particularly by increasing levels of the vitamins and minerals found in vegetables, that may be lacking from peoples’…

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  • John Shropshire, G's

    Forecasting a barbecue weekend

    A recent report released by WRAP estimates that around nineteen per cent of all lettuces were unharvested in 2015, with 38,000 tonnes lost across the sector worth an estimated £7million….

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  • David Purdy, John Deere, will be speaking at REAP

    John Deere focused on precision technology

    “Yield mapping is now cheap as chips, and you can’t buy a combine without it. It’s a really accurate technology – for a narrow width it takes readings every couple…

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  • Philip Garford, Garford Farm Machinery

    Automation as an alternative to chemicals

    “Weed control has certainly been changing in the past few years,” says Philip Garford, Managing Director of Garford Farm Machinery. He is set to speak at Agri-Tech East’s annual REAP conference in…

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  • Reward farmers for Natural Capital, says Andrew Blenkiron ahead of Agri-Tech East's REAP conference 2017

    Reward farmers for building soil fertility, says Andrew Blenkiron

    “We need to go back to how my grandfather farmed, but using modern science,” says Andrew Blenkiron, Estate Director at Euston Estate, Suffolk. He is scheduled to speak at this…

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  • Mark Nicholas - Food for thought at the Royal Norfolk Show

    Food for thought at the Royal Norfolk Show

    Food is to be enjoyed, shared and valued and this year’s Royal Norfolk Show will be creating a strong link between food, farming and the countryside, according the recently appointed…

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  • Rob Alston, Managing Director of Silfield, will be at the final of Agri-Tech East’s GROW business plan competition

    “Show me you can make it happen,” says Rob Alston

    “I’m looking forward to GROW this year; it excites me to see something that could be the ‘next big thing’ in the industry, challenging the status quo,” says Robert Alston,…

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  • Emily Norton, Nortons Dairy

    Success in value-added dairy

    “Milk is not just some white stuff that goes in a cup of tea, or on your cornflakes in the morning – it’s something that should be respected,” says Emily…

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