YIF organises free to attend, informal visits and meetings between early career individuals from a variety of backgrounds with a shared interest in agricultural innovation, including farm practice, consultancy, technology development and research. Bringing the group together around innovative and pioneering locations we endeavour to generate conversation, inspire participants, new thinking and collaborations while also bridging the gap between research and production.
Since 2015 we’ve visited a range of organisations including the Earlham Institute sequencing DNA, a mushroom farm in Littleport, vegetable sorting and packing plant to an anaerobic digestor. You can find out more about these visits from our previous events blogs which you can find below as well as upcoming visits. In addition we hold an annual conference focusing on relevant topics and issues. Get a taste of our most recent one by watching the video below:
We recognise the need for greater connections between farmers and scientists. By making connections with scientists, farmers have the opportunity to have input into the research process, communicate the challenges they experience and to understand what research is being undertaken. For their part, scientists are mandated to demonstrate the impact of their research and be better connected with the end-users to enhance their studies. In many cases, a gulf exists between the research and producer communities, particularly in terms of vocabulary, culture and understanding each others’ drivers and challenges. YIF provides an opportunity to tackle this.
YIF is kindly sponsored by The Morley Agricultural Foundation (TMAF). TMAF is a charity which hosts and facilitates agricultural research and education, much of it on its own farm. The research is carried out by a number of bodies including the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and the John Innes Centre (JIC).
We always welcome a new face at any YIF event, and please get in contact with us if you think you’d like to host a visit for our group.
***STOP PRESS *** if you are a farmer or student, you may be eligible for a bursary to attend our REAP 2019 conference. Details here.
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Please find details of our upcoming events in the table below. If you wish to find out more information and book your place on the visit please click on ‘Join’ button on the slides below.
Upper Wensum Farming Group Visit
Pudding Norton, Norfolk
Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University and Algal Innovation Centre
University of Cambridge