Image credit - P Thompson - GWCT
By kind permission of Graham Denny.
Speakers Andrew Howard, Anglian Water and FWAG East.
Graham Denny, farmer and award winning conservationist, is in his first year of Countryside Stewardship, protecting water and providing a range of options to benefit wildlife, particularly farmland birds. He is also involved in the Results-Based Agri-environment Payment Scheme pilot study for the new ELMS scheme.
Speaker Andrew Howard is a farmer from Ashford in Kent farming 330ha arable, 140ha grass, 12ha solar farm. His whole philosophy revolves around improving soil health. He has reduced his fertiliser and pesticide inputs on farm by 40% whilst retaining his yields.
He has a diverse rotation and includes cover crops, companion cropping and intercropping to try to eliminate mono-cultures from his farm system (the topic of his Nuffield Scholarship which was sponsored by AHDB). His cover crops are grazed by (somebody else’s) sheep but he thinks that livestock are still not integrated anywhere near enough on the farm.
His vision is to change from an input-intensive farm to a knowledge and management intensive-farm. This brings issues such as no-till on heavy ground in wet years, which cover crops to use and the even more complex issues of companion cropping and intercropping.
Free lunch will be provided following the walk, please advise of any dietary requirements
Please bring suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.
NRoSO & BASIS CPD points available
CFE South East and PROWATER invite you to a free workshop on 'Water Resources on Your Farm', including the latest initiatives and support for water provision and protection.Thursday 28th November 2019, 10am-3pm at Hugh Lowe Farms, Mereworth ME18 5NE.
Join CFE and partners for an introduction to measuring natural capital, an update on Cross Compliance and a refresher of responsible and efficient pesticide use. Bothamsall, Notts - Tues 26th Nov 2019. Free event with lunch, farm walk and CPD points.
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