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Pollinator: Ruminating on the Role of Digestate in Managing Healthy Soils

September 12 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Ruminating on the Role of Digestate in Managing Healthy Soils
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.

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 ensure ease of compliance with NVZ regulations. 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.

 

Programme

 

15.00 Arrival, coffee and networking

15.30 Welcome and Introduction

15.40 The Potential for Digestate

          Ruben Sakrabani, Cranfield University

16.00 Setting the Scene for the Innovative Farmers project

          Laura Bouvet, Agri-Tech East    

16.15 The Role of Cover Crops

          Iain Wilkinson, CEO, Cotswold Seeds (or Sam Lane)

16.35 Bio-break

16.45 The Farmers’ Perspective

          Andrew Blenkiron (Head of Farming, Euston Estate)

          James Beamish (Head of Farming, Holkham Estate)

17.15 Reducing Nitrogen Losses from Digestate

          Stephen Temple, JF Temple & Sons Ltd

17.30 Project Results

          Lydia Smith, Head of Innovation Farm, NIAB

18.00 Q&A session

18.30 Networking

19.00 Close and depart

Cost:

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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Basis CPD points will be available for attendees of this event.

Pollinators are Agri-Tech East’s bi-monthly network meetings. We want to ignite discussions between participants rather than lecture, with people from all sectors and disciplines welcome—whether you’re a grower, a researcher, or entrepreneur, come along and join in!

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When
September 12th, 2019 3:00 PM   through   7:00 PM
Location
NIAB Park Farm
Villa Road
Impington
Cambridgeshire CB24 9NZ
United Kingdom
Contact
Phone: 01223 341064
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Event Fee(s)
Event fees £35 £ 35.00 + £ 7.00 VAT

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Date:
September 12
Time:
3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Venue

NIAB Park Farm
Park Farm, 1 Villa Rd
Impington, Histon, Cambridgeshire CB24 9NZ United Kingdom
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Website:
http://www.niab.com/pages/id/33/directions