Agri-Tech Week 2018: Soil Health and Circular Economy: A Sustainable Future for Agriculture

NIAB, Park Farm, Villa Road, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9NZ

9 November, 2018

As part of Agri-Tech Week 2018, this interactive event on 9 November is aimed at industry research and growers in horticulture and agriculture, looking at:

  • methods of soil testing
  • techniques for soil improvement
  • use of waste materials to increase organic content


12:00  Registration, networking and lunch

12:30  Welcome and overview of the day
Dr Lydia Smith, Head of NIAB Innovation Farm and Eastern Agri-Tech Innovation Hub

12:40  What is soil health? Why does it matter? How can we make our soils healthier?
Prof Jane Rickson, Soil Erosion and Conservation, Cranfield University

13.10  Measuring soil health – Update on AHDB Partnership
Dr Elizabeth Stockdale, Head of Farming Systems Research, NIAB

13:40  Maximising the value of organic materials in agriculture
Dr Lizzie Sagoo, Principle Soil Scientist, ADAS

14:10  Refreshment break

14:30  Working with farmers to enhance soil microbiology
Dr Lydia Smith, Head of NIAB Innovation Farm and Eastern Agri-Tech Innovation Hub

15:00  Taking the organic step in farming
Nik Tonev, James Foskett Farms

15:15  Insect frass for improving soil health and pest resistance
Dr Joe Halstead, Managing Director, AgriGrub Ltd

15:30  From brown to green cultivation
David White, Hawk Mill Farm

15:45  Open discussion led by Dr Lydia Smith


Booking: This event is FREE and open to all. Booking is essential. Register online at http://bit.ly/NIAB9Nov18

More information: Phone: 01223 342359

3 BASIS Points are available to attendees.

Lydia Smith: [email protected]