Innovative Farmers Network Day 2018

Weds 9 May         Sheepdrove Farm, Berks             9 'til 4

Hear the latest field lab news first-hand from the farmers and researchers involved, and discuss the future of field labs: what challenges should farmer-led research be tackling next?

  • Open to all - farmers, growers, researchers, members and non-members.
  • Tickets cost £30 + vat to include lunch and refreshments.
  • This event is registered for BASIS professional development points

Who do you want to hear from?

Who would you like to hear from on 9 May? Is there a topic that you'd like to discuss? Help shape the programme by emailing

Current programme

09.00    Registration and refreshments

09.30    Welcome and introduction

09.45    Better Soils

There are more field labs on soil than on any other topic, so it feels appropriate to start the day from the ground up. Hear the latest on soil-themed field labs, ask soil scientists about existing research, and plan what farmer-led research should be discovering next about our soils.

Speakers: Adrian Hares (Roundhill Farm), Phillip Hubbert (Jepco), Edward Scott (Riverford Organic Farmers) Richard Suddes (South Farm) and researcher, Dr Lydia Smith (NIAB)

Chair: David Gardner (Innovation for Agriculture)

11.00    Refreshments

After you’ve heard what the presenters have to say, speak to them about how their idea could work for your own farm business.

11.45    Cover crops and diverse leys

Cover crops and diverse leys can help protect soil, build organic matter, reduce leaching, control weeds and have countless other advantages. But they can be tricky to manage, and the costs are often easier to count than the benefits. What are the secrets to making the best of them? Farmers will share what results they are having above and below ground.

Speakers: Ali Capper (Stocks Farm), Luppo Diepenbroek and researcher, Anna Thomson (Reading University)

Chair: Ian Wilkinson (Cotswold Seeds)

13.00    Lunch

14.00    Sector sessions: Arable, Livestock and Horticulture

In the afternoon, we will break out into 3 separate sessions. Similar to the earlier sessions, you will hear from farmers testing ideas across the country. These short sessions will give you an insight into farmers experiences of trialling techniques on their own farm across the arable, livestock and horticulture sectors.

Some speakers include: Andrew Blenkiron (Euston Estate), Paul Redmore (Neston Park Farm), Andrew Horton (Bookhanger Farm), Andy King (Coombe Farm), Iain Tolhurst (Tohurst Organics), Sam Durham (NFU)

15.20    Closing words and refreshments

16.00    Close


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