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Agri-Tech East Anaerobic Digestate group

We are group of conventional and organic farmers and industry leads who have or work with digestate plants in East Anglia.

Group Topics

Improving our soils

Soils are degrading and affecting the long-term ability for farmers to keep up food production. Reducing compaction and erosion and increasing soil organic matter are the key focus areas of this topic.


Improving sustainability of fertiliser use

Field labs in this category are focussed on improving the efficiency and sustainability of fertiliser use, to reduce inputs and minimise run-off.


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    ATE event: publicising results -

    NIAB Park Farm

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    Results and next steps meeting -

    The group met to discuss results this year, next steps and which fields they are planning to use for a further year of trials. Issues with Green Area Index assessments due to poor establishment were also discussed.

    Eastern Agri-Tech Innovation Hub

    Hasse Road
    Ely

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    Finalising the field lab plan -

    This meeting is to fine-tune the experimental details, agree who will be participating and also to discuss the template to capture the data for the economic modelling.

    There have been a number of really helpful discussions with NIAB about this and they have both economic models and also some prior art on this which Lydia is working with the agronomist who did the work to ensure we are building on that work.

    We hope to have heard about our grant application to Innovative Farmers by then too.

    NIAB Innovation Hub

    Hasse Fen
    Soham
    Ely

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    Anaerobic digestate workshop -

    There is a recognised value in digestate to help improve soils health, but little is really known about what is happening in the soils. What are the unanswered questions and priorities for research for farms in the area making and using AD?

    Agri-Tech East are interested in setting up a field lab investigating AD on-farm. This is a workshop to discuss what is a priority for farmer-led trials.

    This workshop will be facilitated by Dr Belinda Clarke, Director of Agri-Tech East.

    Dr Ruben Sakrabani from Cranfield University will give a presentation on the gaps in research.

    NIAB Innovation Hub

    Hasse Fen
    Soham
    Ely

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    Field lab planning -

    After the initial meeting in October where we raised our priorities, we are meeting to discuss the next steps for planning a field lab on anaerobic digestate.

    Agenda
    10.00 Arrival and registration. Tea and coffee available
    10.30 Welcome and Introductions
    10.45 Revisiting outputs from previous meeting; comments and reflections
    Discussion to include input from NIAB and Cranfield University on the current state of the art, to ensure no repetition of existing work
    • Are these still the right / appropriate questions to ask? Are they still relevant? Are the other issues that people have thought of since our first meeting?
    • Where will the various elements of the project add real value to farmers?
    • What is a realistic scale of the project in terms of timing, resource availability, project outputs and trust in the results? How could / should we prioritise the questions to ensure a good quality piece of work which is relevant to the farmers?
    12.30 LUNCH
    13.00 Next steps for funding application to Innovative Farmers
    Kate Pressland, Research Manager, Innovative Farmers programme, Soil Association
    13.30 Summary and agreed actions / timescale
    14.00 Close and depart

    NIAB Innovation Hub

    Hasse Fen
    Soham
    Ely

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