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May
11
Tue
Business Innovation for Gloucestershire Entrepreneurs
May 11 @ 9:00 am – May 12 @ 1:00 pm

About this Event

Due to the funding for this workshop, you are required to be a registered company in Gloucestershire. Unfortunately if you sign up without providing these details your ticket will be removed.

Knowing your customers and understanding the value your product or service adds to them is extremely important for any business. These sessions will help you to develop a powerful value proposition which will set you apart from your competitors and gain loyalty and trust from customers.

These online sessions will provide each attendee with bespoke feedback and support focusing on:

  • Ideation
  • Creating a proposition
  • Testing the fit
  • Developing your business model canvas
  • Development
  • Finance Fundamentals
  • Managing progress
  • Prototyping
  • Pitching – investment basics

We would love to see engagement from impact-driven Gloucestershire entrepreneurs particularly focused on:

  • Building a healthier, more resilient food supply chain or food community
  • Protecting and improving our environment
  • Creating a circular economy
  • Improving and/or engaging rural communities

Although each session is 4 hours, there will be plenty of breaks and interactive sessions. The group size will be small to ensure we can give each of you the bespoke support you require. Once you sign up, Farm491 will get in touch with relevant forms that need filling out prior to the sessions.

Any questions please email Sarah at Farm491: sarah.carr@rau.ac.uk.

These sessions are funded by Farm491’s Inspiring AgriTech Innovation Programme, ERDF.

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Managing the land – a RELM alumni panel discussion
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
William Leschallas (1987) Head of RELM talks to alumni about their careers and about real estate and land management issues today

About this Event

This event is part of the Royal Agricultural University’s alumni lecture series celebrating our 175th anniversary.

Thriving through change: RAU voices in industry reflect on the past and consider the future of the land and the next generation who will care for it.

William Leschallas became Head of the School of Real Estate and Land Management after 30 years in private practice.

He will speak to a range of fellow alumni about their careers in land management and real estate, and issues in the sector today.

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CHAP: Sustainable farming in Bedfordshire (online)
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Although farming accounts for just 9% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, roughly 70% of the UK’s land area is farmed, which means that as well as producing food sustainably, farmers have a crucial role to play in using the UK’s countryside to help store carbon and safeguard biodiversity. In 2019 the UK agricultural sector committed to reaching net zero by 2040 and farmers in Bedfordshire are working hard to fulfil this commitment. Hear from local farmers Andrew, Freya, Nigel and Kevin about what they’re doing as part of this challenge and what you might be able to do to support them.

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May
12
Wed
BASIS: From Farmer to Pharma & Beyond –with Medicinal Cannabis&Hemp
May 12 @ 9:45 am – 4:30 pm

Edward Antil recommended the cultivation of cannabis in his Observations on the Raising and Dressing of Hemp (1777), saying “Hemp is one of the most profitable productions the earth furnishes in northern climates…”
The use of plants for regulated therapeutic use and other applications is growing worldwide and represents a major opportunity for growers to produce higher value crops. However there is still a lot of uncertainty for potential growers around access to varieties, the agronomic management, market opportunities and regulatory constraints surrounding a commitment to embrace them as part of the rotation.

We will also be looking at the innovations in processing and where the future demand is likely to be for pharma, fibre and oils and the plant parts which are likely to be of the highest value. Importantly, how is the business model going to work and how – and in which directions – is the money going to flow?

This is your opportunity to meet the key players across the value chain and learn more about what is involved in the broadacre and controlled environment production of hemp and cannabis, new variety development, processing solutions and needs, regulatory requirements and potential routes to market.

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Agri-Tech Explore: From Farmer to Pharma – and Beyond
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The use of plants for regulated therapeutic use and other applications is growing worldwide and represents a major opportunity for growers to produce higher value crops. This is your opportunity to meet the key players in the value chain and learn more about the agronomy of these crops, new variety development, processing solutions and needs, regulatory requirements and potential routes to market.

 

From Farmer to Pharma – The Potential for Medicinal Plant Production
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The use of plants for regulated therapeutic use and other applications is growing worldwide and represents a major opportunity for growers to produce higher value crops. This is your opportunity to meet the key players in the value chain and learn more about the agronomy of these crops, new variety development, processing solutions and needs, regulatory requirements and potential routes to market.

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AHDB: British pig and poultry fair forums
May 12 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

The Online Pig & Poultry Forums take place on 12 May 2021. Hear from industry leaders as they give their predictions for the year ahead, find out what’s new and gather ideas for your business.

This is your chance to hear from an expert panel on the challenges and opportunities ahead for pork in the Pig Outlook. Plus, technical forums on optimising sow and pre-weaning piglet performance, along with a heads up on what is coming for ammonia emissions.

Overview of pig programme

11:30 Pig Outlook       

  • Mike Sheldon, AHDB (Chair)
  • Sophie Throup, Morrisons
  • Andrew Saunders, Tulip
  • Rob Mutimer, NPA Chairman

12:30 Optimising sow and pre-weaning piglet performance

  • Steve Jagger, ABN (Chair)
  • Chris Opschoor, Topigs Norsvin
  • Kristian Volshøj, AB Neo

13:15 Ammonia: What’s coming, how to prepare and funding opportunities

  • Jon Foot, AHDB (Chair)
  • Philippa Mansfield, Catchment Sensitive Farming
  • Simon Lague, Big Dutchman
  • Daniel Holling, Big Dutchman

The Online Forums take place on Wednesday 12 May 2021. They are free to attend and open to everyone in the pig supply chain.

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BASIS: Zoom into Soil: Hidden Processes in Soils
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

‘Zoom into Soil: Hidden Processes in Soils’ will feature Associate Professor Dr Carsten Müller, University of Copenhagen, with his presentation, ‘Soil processes regulated at the microscale – using microscopy to zoom into soil’. We will also hear from an Early Career Postdoc whose research considers hidden processes.

In his presentation, Associate Professor Dr Carsten Müller will explain how soils capacity to store carbon and being a habitat for soil fauna and microorganisms are intricately linked. The decay of plant residues and the parallel build-up of soil organic matter happens at microscale sites within the complex 3D soil matrix. He will take you to these microscale hot spots and highlight the formation of soil organic matter at the interface of plants, microorganisms and soil minerals.

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Basis: Cultivation strategies and effective soil management
May 12 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

On Wednesday the 12th of May between 12.30PM and 1.30PM BASIS will be hosting an online webinar focussing on cultivation strategies and effective soil management. As all agronomists and growers will know, safeguarding our soils so they can continue to be utilised to produce the food we need is an integral part of developing sustainable farming systems.

Therefore, effective soil management has become a key subject area in a number of our qualifications including FACTS, Foundation in Soils, Quality of Soils and the Soil & Water Management Certificate. We have recently updated the syllabus for the Soil & Water Management Certificate with an increasing focus placed on certain topics such as cultivation strategies, compaction and climate change mitigation; more information on the course updates can be found in this BASIS news article. This webinar will be hosted by Greg Hopkinson, Head of Business Development at BASIS, who will be joined by two industry experts for the event.

Speakers:

Jane Rickson

Professor of Soil Erosion and Conservation at Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute

How fundamental and applied research into soil conservation practices can restore and improve the functioning of our precious soils so they can continue to deliver essential services such as food production, water regulation and mitigation of climate change.

Philip Wright

Independent consultant on cultivation and establishment machinery

Optimising soil structure by prevention (preferably) and cure (when needed) to improve soil resilience using the most economic and effective combination of roots and metal.

  • DATE: Wednesday the 12th May 2021
  • TIME: 12.30pm
  • DURATION: 45-60 minutes in total

1 CPD point will be awarded to BASIS Professional Register members who attend this event.

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May
13
Thu
NMR: Herd Companion- new look KPIs
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In this webinar NMR’s Cath Smith will walk you through the KPIs, now with a fresher look and feel.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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May
20
Thu
Speaking of Oats…Improving heat stress tolerance in MN-adapted oats using eco-physiological approaches
May 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Walid Sadok and Kevin Smith  from the University of Minnesota, USA, will present some intriguing results concerning heat stress and drought tolerance in oats.  While they will focus on oat varieties grown in Minnesota, the underlying principles are broadly applicable.

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AHDB: RamCompare five year results
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

As the second phase of RamCompare comes to a close, we reflect on the culmination of data collection and research over the past five years to identify what we can learn from the results. Twelve farms across Great Britain and Northern Ireland and a number of industry partners have helped to make this one of the sheep industry’s most successful research and knowledge exchange projects.

This webinar will discuss findings from the RamCompare project results:

  • Breeding values can be successfully generated from abattoir data
  • Breeding values currently generated in Terminal Sire breeding flocks are valuable indicators of commercial performance for lambs being finished for slaughter
  • The value of CT scanning as an important tool to enhance predictions of carcase weight, yield and shape
  • There are important genetic differences between sires in both the physical and economic performance of their offspring, including differences that directly influence the consumer in terms of the distribution of meat within the carcase and meat tenderness

RamCompare is the national progeny test for terminal sire breeds, funded by the levy boards AHDB, HCC, QMS; supported by Agrisearch in Northern Ireland and working with partners across the food chain.

To find out more about the project results and also how you can be involved in the next phase, sign up to this free webinar today. You can still register even if you can’t make the date and time, and you will receive a recording after the event.

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May
24
Mon
Agri-Tech Explore: Improving Farm Safety With Innovative Agri-Tech
May 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Remote sensing and monitoring, communications technology and automation are being deployed to help make agriculture a safer industry. Hear about some of the latest tools to help improve the safety track record around managing livestock and arable, as well as in controlled environment conditions. We’ll be highlighting some of the latest new products, tools and services, as well as hearing from farmers what they’d like to see to make their working lives even safer.

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May
25
Tue
AHDB: Latest research on ewe longevity and Challenge Sheep data
May 25 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Promoting lamb survival and ewe longevity has been a key focus for AHDB’s Challenge Sheep project, which also looks at the ewe’s lifetime performance and best practice for managing replacement ewes. On this webinar we will be joined by AHDB’s Animal Health & Welfare scientist Dr Amey Brassington and guest Kate Flay to run through the latest research on ewe longevity and offer practical advice on the following;

  • Ways to assess your flock efficiency
  • The most common causes of why ewes leave the flock early
  • Making informed culling decisions
  • How to assess ewe performance

To find out more about the latest research, sign up to this free webinar today. You can still register even if you can’t make the date and time, and you will receive a recording after the event.

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BASIS: Dr Kris Nichols – Regenerating Soil – part 2
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr Kris Nichols is joining us for another meeting to discuss Regenerating Soil to Biologically-Manage Fertility and Build Resilience to Against Pests and Diseases. Please see attachments.

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May
27
Thu
AHDB: Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops – Aphids and whiteflies
May 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The use of biological control agents is now an established element of integrated pest management in the production of protected ornamental crops, including pot plants, bedding and hardy nursery stock.

Building on the recent suite of AHDB videos on biological control – creating an IPM programme, introducing biological control agents, crop monitoring and the use of sticky traps, this webinar will examine the ‘Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops’. It will include the control of key sap sucking pests such as aphids and whiteflies and will feature the well-known entomologist and IPM specialist Neil Helyer, along with a grower case study.

The webinars will cover:

  • Pest identification and life-cycles
  • Selection, application and use of biological control agents
  • Monitoring and management of programmes

BASIS and NRoSO points will be available for these webinars

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BASIS: Production of ornamental crops: Aphids and whiteflies
May 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Part 1 – 27 May 2021 16.00-17.00 –
Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops – Part one: Aphids and whiteflies

The use of biological control agents is now an established element of integrated pest management in the production of protected ornamental crops, including pot plants, bedding and hardy nursery stock.

Building on the recent suite of AHDB videos on biological control – creating an IPM programme, introducing biological control agents, crop monitoring and the use of sticky traps, this webinar will examine the ‘Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops’. It will include the control of key sap sucking pests such as aphids and whiteflies and will feature the well-known entomologist and IPM specialist Neil Helyer, along with a grower case study.

The webinars will cover:
• Pest identification and life-cycles
• Selection, application and use of biological control agents
• Monitoring and management of programmes

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Jun
8
Tue
Dr Temple Grandin: Basic Animal Behavior Webinar
Jun 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Dr Temple Grandin

Animal welfare plays a crucial role in agricultural practices like animal husbandry and dairy farming. For those in the animal welfare profession, this talk will give practical methods for improving farm and ranch animal welfare.  This information is for students, managers, and veterinarians. The effective approach details practical auditing, regulatory, and assessment programs that will improve the welfare and treatment of livestock, poultry, and farmed fish. Temple will also discuss the importance of humane treatment for all animals. This information is invaluable for those that manage a ranch, farm, or dairy.

Temple Grandin is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin’s work includes design of animal handling systems, research on livestock behavior, and auditing animal welfare. Throughout her career, Dr. Grandin has worked to combine scientific research results with practical application in the field. In North America, half the cattle are handled in equipment she designed for meat plants. She has received awards for her work on animal welfare from both the livestock industry and animal welfare NGOs. She has awards from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The American Meat Institute, American Society for Animal Science and the Humane Society of the U.S.

By attending, participants can:

  • Discuss the importance of humane treatment for all animals
  • List practical methods for improving farm and ranch animal welfare
  • Review practical auditing, regulatory, and assessment programs

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BASIS: Dr Kris Nichols – Regenerating Soil Part 3
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr Kris Nichols joins us to discuss – Regenerating Soil to Connect the Soil and Gut Microbes for Animal Health.

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Jun
17
Thu
AHDB: Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops – Thrips and mites
Jun 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The use of biological control agents is now an established element of integrated pest management in the production of protected ornamental crops, including pot plants, bedding and hardy nursery stock.

Building on the recent suite of AHDB videos on biological control – creating an IPM programme, introducing biological control agents, crop monitoring and the use of sticky traps, this webinar will examine ‘Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops’. It will focus on cell piercing pests like thrips and mites and will feature the well-known entomologist and IPM specialist Neil Helyer, along with a grower case study.

The webinars will cover:

  • Pest identification and life-cycles
  • Selection, application and use of biological control agents
  • Monitoring and management of programmes

BASIS and NRoSO points will be available for these webinars

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BASIS: Production of ornamental crop : Thrips and mites
Jun 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Part 2 – 17 June 2021 16.00-17.00 –
Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops – Part two: Thrips and mites

The use of biological control agents is now an established element of integrated pest management in the production of protected ornamental crops, including pot plants, bedding and hardy nursery stock.

Building on the recent suite of AHDB videos on biological control – creating an IPM programme, introducing biological control agents, crop monitoring and the use of sticky traps, this webinar will examine ‘Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops’. It will focus on cell piercing pests like thrips and mites and will feature the well-known entomologist and IPM specialist Neil Helyer, along with a grower case study.

The webinars will cover:
• Pest identification and life-cycles
• Selection, application and use of biological control agents
• Monitoring and management of programmes

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Sep
9
Thu
Agri-TechE: Agriculture 101
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The unique one-day introduction provides some insights into the agriculture sector, the opportunities it presents and some of the challenges that are still seeking solutions.

Agri-food production is a growing industry that offers opportunities for the application of technologies and services developed for and by other industries; however the successful implementation of these solutions requires domain knowledge.

This day-long learning event will offer the opportunity to find out more about the drivers, opportunities, challenges and needs of the industry, how your tech can help and how to get it into the hands of farmers.

Who is this for:

  • Individuals who are working with a technology that would like to explore whether there is a place for it in agriculture
  • Companies considering agriculture as a new focus for business
  • Individuals working in an agricultural related business in non-agricultural related roles, PR, accounts etc, who would benefit from understanding the wider sector more
  • Anyone working in a business support company that supports agricultural business who would benefit from a better understanding of agriculture

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Agriculture 101
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The unique one-day introduction provides some insights into the agriculture sector, the opportunities it presents and some of the challenges that are still seeking solutions.

Agri-food production is a growing industry that offers opportunities for the application of technologies and services developed for and by other industries; however the successful implementation of these solutions requires domain knowledge.

This day-long learning event will offer the opportunity to find out more about the drivers, opportunities, challenges and needs of the industry, how your tech can help and how to get it into the hands of farmers.

Who is this for:

  • Individuals who are working with a technology that would like to explore whether there is a place for it in agriculture
  • Companies considering agriculture as a new focus for business
  • Individuals working in an agricultural related business in non-agricultural related roles, PR, accounts etc, who would benefit from understanding the wider sector more
  • Anyone working in a business support company that supports agricultural business who would benefit from a better understanding of agriculture

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Sep
23
Thu
Advances in Breeding for Agriculture – New Tools for New Solutions
Sep 23 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Improvements in crops, livestock and insects are possible thanks to advanced tools of breeding, using molecular and genetic techniques. Here we will have an update on where advanced breeding is helping harness new and ancient traits as well as exploring the regulatory landscape for their management and application.

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Agri-TechE: Advances in Breeding for Agriculture – New Tools for New Solutions
Sep 23 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Improvements in crops, livestock and insects are possible thanks to advanced tools of breeding, using molecular and genetic techniques. Here we will have an update on where advanced breeding is helping harness new and ancient traits as well as exploring the regulatory landscape for their management and application.

This event is £30 for members of Agri-TechE, and £50 for non-members.

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Oct
13
Wed
Agri-Tech Explore: Future Farming-Tech – Insights from Elsewhere
Oct 13 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Agri-Tech Explore: Future Farming-Tech – Insights from Elsewhere
Oct 13 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Digital twins, 5G, edge computing, 3D printing, graphene, artificial intelligence – all new technologies which could join those already making a major difference in productivity, profitability and sustainability in agriculture. We’ll look towards the horizon (and beyond) to see where the next game-changers for agricultural innovations are likely to be, and help businesses and researchers be prepared!

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Nov
8
Mon
Agri-Tech Week 2021
Nov 8 – Nov 12 all-day

Returning for its 8th year, Agri-Tech Week 2021 provides opportunities to meet potential collaborators, customers and partners within the agri-tech ecosystem and includes the REAP conference.

Agri-Tech Week 2021
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm

Returning for its 8th year, Agri-Tech Week 2021 provides opportunities to meet potential collaborators, customers and partners within the agri-tech ecosystem and includes the REAP conference.