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Pollinator: Ruminating on the Role of Digestate in Managing Healthy Soils
September 12 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Investment in digestors across the UK has brought benefits of managing waste, generating energy on-farm, and generating a home-grown fertiliser and soil conditioner. Yet rigorous, quantitative analysis of the benefits to soils from digestate application are lacking. Here we discuss the outputs of a 2-year Innovative Farmers project designed to investigate the impact of digestate application to soils, and the role of cover crops in improving efficacy of digestate by helping retain nutrients, maintain soil organic matter and help maximise effective nutrient application within NVZ rules. We’ll also be thinking more widely about different soil amendments and the perpetually tricky issue of “measuring soils health.”
This event will report the results of a “Field Lab” project funded through the Innovative Farmers programme (supported via the Soil Association) and will be the opportunity to hear from participating farmers as well as some of the research findings resulting from the project.
14.30 Arrival, coffee and networking
15.00 Welcome and Introduction
15.10 The Potential for Digestate
Ruben Sakrabani, Cranfield University
15.30 Setting the Scene for the Innovative Farmers project
Laura Bouvet, Agri-Tech East
15.45 The Role of Cover Crops
Iain Wilkinson, CEO, Cotswold Seeds (or Sam Lane)
16.45 The Farmers’ Perspective
Andrew Blenkiron (Head of Farming, Euston Estate)
James Beamish (Head of Farming, Holkham Estate)
Nick Sheppard (Upton Suffolk Farms)
17.15 Reducing Nitrogen Losses from Digestate
Stephen Temple, JF Temple & Sons Ltd
17.25 Project Results
Lydia Smith, Head of Innovation Farm, NIAB
18.00 Meanwhile in another Field Lab project…….
Dominic Amos Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm
18.20 Closing comments
19.00 Close and depart
This event is FREE for members of Agri-Tech East, and £35 for non-members. Please note the fee is non-refundable for cancellation within 5 working days of the event. Agri-Tech East members can use the dicount code AgriMember to book their place. Check if your company is a member.
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