Countryside COP Programme 2021

01 September 2021

Walker and cows

Countryside COP 2021

11-15 October 2021
This Countryside COP will showcase the contribution of the rural community and focus on key issues to drive ambition and action
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Day 1: Monday 11th October

09:30 - 11:00 Welcome to the first Countryside COP, outline of week, slide of programme, how to participate etc.   Watch now Alliance
  Agriculture and Land Use Alliance launch video     Alliance
  Countryside leaders’ videos   Watch now Alliance
10:00 – 16:00

Nature-based Solution to Climate Change

LEAF’s Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change project brings together 10 farms across England, to address one of the most important questions for the industry now: how can we farm in a way that enhances nature to the best of its ability whilst mitigating climate change and ensuring resilience in farming businesses? Alongside industry advisers and experts, the farmers are developing practical approaches and methods to demonstrate how this can be possible, to be published at case studies in early 2022.

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  • LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming)
  • Helen Mathieu, Germinal
  • Charlie Curtis, Progressive Agriculture Ltd
  • Johnny Wake, Courteenhall Farms
Closed event


11:30 - 12:30

NOMAD: Mobile Digestate Management – Supporting the Future of Sustainable Farming

NOMAD is a unique, mobile solution producing high-quality organic fertilisers and soil amenders from digestate. Join us on the road to a more sustainable, regenerative agriculture.

  • Dr. Ben Herbert, Stopford
  • Rokiah Yaman, LEAP Micro AD

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NOMAD H2020 Project

13:00 - 13:45

GWP*: understanding methane and GHG metrics

A leading methane scientist will explain the latest scientific consensus on the impact of methane on the climate and how metrics might account for this.

  • Dr Michelle Cain, Cranfield University
  • Dr Mark Young, CIEL
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Day 2: Tuesday 12th October

11:00 - 12:00

Why farmers can be net zero heroes

Media briefing on the role of farming in the transition to net zero
  • Tom Clarke, farmer, NFU net zero steering group
  • Liz Bowles, Soil Association
  • Johnnie Balfour, farmer, Nature Friendly Farming Network
  • Sarra Mander, Small Robot Company
Register here ECIU
13:30 - 15:30

Uniting rural communities to tackle climate change

The Rural Network Services is the national champion for rural services, ensuring that rural areas have a strong voice. This event will focus on the ways that rural communities can work together to tackle climate change and play a key role in the drive towards net-zero

  • John Birtwistle, First Bus
  • Duncan Carter, Calor

Register here

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Rural Services Network
15:00 - 16:00

Ensuring a Just Transition: Balancing farming and forestry

Across the UK, farmers recognise the need for a just transition for agriculture when faced with ambitious tree planting targets. Farming is leading the way on carbon sequestration and is very much at the forefront of the climate change solution. Tree planting, in the right place, has a key role to play in tackling the climate and biodiversity crises.

Join the discussion on how farmers can help play a role in mitigating the challenges presented by climate change whilst ensuring that rural communities thrive and we meet the challenge of producing high quality, affordable food for a growing population.
  • John Davies, President of NFU Cymru
  • Andrew Connon, Vice-President of NFU Scotland
  • David Brown, Deputy President Ulster Farmers' Union
  • Lennart Nilsson, Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF)
Register here British Agriculture Bureau
16:00 - 17:00

Cut cost, cut carbon: Why installing renewable energy on your farm makes good business sense

Join NFU Energy to hear how installing renewable energy on your farm can help you reduce your energy bill, protect you from future energy price rises and reduce your carbon footprint. Installers Caplor and Mypower and finance broker Funding Xchange will share their thoughts on what makes a good renewable energy project. NFU Energy will also introduce their new Renewable Energy Solutions service, which offers a low hassle way to install high quality renewable energy solutions with complete confidence.
  • NFU Energy
  • Caplor
  • Mypower
  • Funding Xchange
Closed event NFU Energy

Day 3: Wednesday 13th October

09:00 – 13:00 FOOD SYSTEMS
10:00 - 11:00

GHG in arable and horticultural crops

Hear about a new scientific review which provides baseline emissions for major UK cropping systems. Discussions will cover the opportunities for mitigation and for increasing carbon storage.

  • Jon Foot, AHDB
  • Harley Stoddart, AHDB
  • Allie Hesketh, NFU
  • Dr Harry Langford, CHAP
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10:00 - 16:00

Two leading research centres join the LEAF Network as centres of excellence for sustainable farming

This event celebrates the launch of Agrii's Throws Farm Technology Centre and Newcastle University Farms as LEAF Innovation Centres, bringing their respective expertise in Integrated Pest Management, and soil and carbon sequestration to the LEAF Network. They will join eleven other LEAF Innovation Centres, which, together with LEAF Demonstration Farms, form the LEAF Network. LEAF Innovation Centres are research organisations whose work supports the research, evidence, development and promotion of Integrated Farm Management. They investigate and communicate practices which underpin the continual improvement of the Integrated Farm Management approach to help deliver more sustainable food and farming.
  • LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming)
  • Agrii’s Throws Farm Technology Centre
  • Newcastle University Farms

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13:00 - 17:00 NATURE
13:30 - 14:30

NFU Cymru COP Cefn Gwlad – farming’s net zero journey

NFU Cymru’s Net Zero Vision with a focus across the three pillars of efficient production, enhanced carbon sequestration and renewables; and

NFU Cymru’s Growing Together Strategy for sustainably increasing tree cover in Wales and Coed Cadw Hedges and Edges Scheme supporting climate-smart, nature friendly farming

  • Nigel Pugh, Coed Cadw – The Woodland Trust in Wales
  • Jason Llewellin, NFU Cymru Sustainable Agriculture Award winner & arable farmer
  • Abi Reader, Chair of NFU Cymru Milk Board & dairy farmer
  • Edward Griffith, NFU Cymru Rural Affairs Board & beef and sheep farmer

Member registration

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NFU Cymru

Tenant Farmer Discussion Evening

Topics are centred around the Beyond Nature™ Initiative and themes, including the impacts of climate change, managing carbon at farm level, water quality and attenuation, biodiversity, and how the forthcoming changes in farm funding will impact on farm businesses.
  • Lisa Harrowsmith, Senior Rural Surveyor, Yorkshire Water
  • Neil Pickard, Beyond Nature Farming Office
N/A In person member event Yorkshire Water

Day 4: Thursday 14th October

09:00 – 13:00 FINANCE
08:30 - 09:30

North East press event

An opportunity for journalists to hear from farmers from the North East who are helping steer the NFU's vision for achieving Net Zero; understand more about how farmers are affected by climate change and how they are responding; understand more about British food production & how we differ to other countries around the world; see available farming case studies.

  • Andrew Loftus, national livestock board member
  • James Standen, national crops board member
  • Kate Adams, NFU
  • Rachael Gillbanks, NFU
Press by invitation

North East farmers

10:00 - 11:30

Launch of Trinity Natural Capital Markets

Trinity NCM is a carbon, biodiversity and an overall natural capital trading platform for farmers of all sizes and enterprises. The event will explain how farmers can capitalise, with confidence and credibility, on these exciting emerging markets and how society, domestic and international companies will benefit.

Members of Trinity AgTech and Trinity NCM, including:

  • Dr Hosein Khajeh-Hosseiny, Founder and Executive Chairman
  • Richard Williamson, Senior Managing Director
  • Dr Alasdair Sykes, Managing Director
  • Juan Palomares, Managing Director
  • Louisa Knocker, Senior Manager
  • Plus, Green Farm Collective farmer and Farmers Weekly Environmental Champion 2021, Jake Freestone
Register here Trinity NCM
12:00 - 13:30

GHG accounting and action in the livestock sector

Case study in a mixed livestock system with an exploration of mitigation options and implications for policy.

  • AgREcalc
  • Richard Findlay, NFU
  • Julian Bell (SAC)
  • NFU senior adviser Richard Wordsworth
Watch again NFU
13:00 - 14:30

Agri-supply industry – on the case to net zero

With entire supply chains challenged to meet net zero commitments, how can the sourcing, delivery and on-farm use of inputs such as animal feed, seed, fertiliser and crop protection products help achieve this?
  • Ed Barker, Head of Policy, External Affairs, AIC
  • Jane Salter, Head of Environmental Policy, AIC
Watch again AIC
14:00 - 15:00

Sugar beet and carbon: what we need to know

Speakers from the British Beet Research Organisation and the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology will join grower and NFU Sugar board member Tom Clarke to provide a unique insight into what net zero means for sugar beet growers.

You will have the opportunity to hear about cutting edge research in the sector and pose questions to the panel about what net zero means for your business.

  • Tom Clarke, farmer, Cambridgeshire Fens
  • Iain Gould, University of Lincoln
  • Georgina Barrat, BBRO

Members registration

Non members registration

15:30 - 16:30

Delivering net zero food

Hear from scientists and engineers at the University of Lincoln on a range of innovative technologies for increasing productivity and achieving net-zero in agriculture. They’ll explore some of the socio-technical and ecological challenges as well as experience in implementing Agriculture 4.0 solutions / technological advances in decarbonising the industry.

  • Dr Ravi Valluru, Senior Lecturer in Crop Science
  • Dr Amir Badiee, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Grzegorz Cielniak, Associated Professor in Robotics
  • Dr Marcello Calisti, Senior Lecturer in Agri-Robotics
  • Prof Mini Saaj, Global Chair in Robotic Engineering
  • David May, Deputy Director of the Lincoln Insitute of Agri-Food Technology

Watch live here

University of Lincoln
19:00 - 20:00

Farmer perspectives on achieving Net Zero

Join us for a 1 hour virtual meeting to hear from three members of the NFU’s national Net Zero Steering Group. They will give an insight into the work of the steering group – covering everything from carbon calculators to methane emissions – and their perspective on how all farms can help mitigate climate change, each in their own way.

  • Richard Bramley, NFU national environment forum chairman
  • Andrew Loftus, NFU national livestock board member
  • James Standen, NFU national crops board member
  • Kate Bannister, NFU net zero project delivery manager
Member registration North East farmers

Day 5: Friday 15th October

10:00 - 11:15

Tomorrow’s farmers rising to today’s climate challenge

An international young farmer roundtable to discuss the challenges of climate change and how young farmers are part of the solution to deliver climate-friendly food.

  • Chrispen Mununga, Commercial Farmers’ Union, Zimbabwe
  • Ruramiso Mashumba, farmer in Zimbabwe
  • Llyr Jones, farmer in North Wales
  • Mateusz Ciasnocha, farmer in Poland
  • Jessica Langton, dairy farmer in Derbyshire
  • Thomas Duffy, vice-president of the European Council of Young Farmers
  • Peter Moss, Next Generation Chairman for NFU Scotland
  • Oluwatosin Ogunsola, member of the YOUNGO Agriculture working group and [email protected] campaign manager
  • Roen Corneras, young farmer in the Philippines
  • K P Illiyas, organic farmer in Kerala and President of the Organic Farming Association of India
Register here



10:30 - 11:45 (11:30 - 12:45 CET)

International Roundtable for Farmers’ Organizations – exchange on COP26 messages

The purpose of the meeting is i) to exchange on the COP26 messages of Farmers Organisations around the world, and ii) to search for opportunities to increase visibility and outreach of those messages found in common amongst the Roundtable participants.
Farmers' organizations from around the world Register here


Forest and Farm Facility

12:30 - 13:30 (13:30 - 14:30 CET)

Resilience Solutions of farmers

Prior to COP26 AgriCord and FAO launch their timely publication “Forest and farm producer organizations building resilience – strength in numbers and landscapes.”

Hands-on case studies and concrete recommendations provide inspiring content both for farmers’ organizations and policy makers. Join us to learn more!

  • Hannelore Beerlandt, CEO, AgriCord
  • David Kaimowitz, Manager, FAO, Forest and Farm facility
  • Noora Simola, editor of Forest and farm producer organizations building resilience – strength in numbers and landscapes
  • Case studies from INFOCOS, TRIAS, and ASPRODEB
Register here



Associated Countryside COP events:


Wed 20 October

16:30 - 17:30

School of Sustainable Food and Farming

Educating, Inspiring and Empowering current and future farmers to achieve net zero within a sustainable farming and food system.

  • Sophie Throup, Morrisons
  • Harriet Wilson, McDonalds
  • Minette Batters, NFU
  • Prof Michael Lee, Harper Adams University

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Wednesday 27 October

Agriculture and Climate Change: a Countryside COP26 event

Raising awareness about climate issues, highlighting the positive action already underway, and providing practical on farm examples of action farm businesses can take to address climate change.
  • Edwin Poots, Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
  • Lord Deben, Climate Change Committee
  • Dr John Gilliland, OBE, the Arc Zero Project
  • Professor Alice Stanton, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Register here DAERA and UFU

28 October

14:00 - 17:00

Poultry: Our net zero journey

Hear from producers, processors and retail on how the sector will approach emissions reductions.

Member registration

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