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  1. Setting the Scene - Dr Robert Merrall, IAgrE President What are the facts and where are we now? What is the carbon impacts of UK Agriculture? What are the pressure points? How will things look if we don’t do anything? Can we reach a view of the true carbon footprint of food production – field to plate? What will happen if we do nothing?

  1. Agriculture and the Low-carbon Economy - Dr Jonathan Scurlock,  Chief Adviser, Renewable Energy and Climate Change, National Farmers Union Setting the scene, reviewing the future of managing agricultural emissions and including the latest developments in battery energy storage and possible vehicle-to-grid applications for farmers. Challenges facing businesses and policy makers
  1. The Energy Independent Farm - Carlo Lambro, President New Holland Agriculture The Energy Independent Farm is a new approach, where farmers will be able to generate their own energy to run their farm and agricultural equipment. By using wind systems, solar panels or biomass and biogas processes located right on the farm, the farmer can independently obtain electricity and use it to generate hydrogen to power farm machinery and also to supply electricity.
  1. Transport Free Supply Chains – Jonathon Lodge, City Farm Systems  Is there a different way of producing food closer to its market. Up on the roof, down underground. What about harvesting crops just before the point of sale with no transport. Are we on the verge of a new way of farming and what would be the impact of all of this in reducing the carbon footprint?
  1. Soil! Our Natural Capital - Professor Jane Rickson, Professor of Soil Erosion and Conservation in the Cranfield Soil and AgriFood Institute, School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University will cover the importance of soil as a key carbon sink – at global, regional and local scales; how this has changed over space and time; and how we can manage this vital (yet unrenewable) natural resource to both prevent any further loss of carbon, but also increase the storage of soil carbon..
  1. ‚ÄčEnergy Crops and Carbon Reduction - Dr Ian Shield, Agronomist from Rothamstead Reasearch will discuss the latest research and how that fits with the BBSRC Strategic Programme on "Cropping Carbon".
  2. Exploring Rothamsted - hosted by Dr Chris Watts, Dr Ian Shield, Dr Jason Lim and othersYour opportunity to take a look at some of the cutting edge research being carried out at Rothamsted – please be advised this afternoon’s activities involve some walking and we recommend sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather.

    Groups will be shown round all the following areas:                                                                        

    ·         Energy Crops – Miscanthus & Willow

    ·         Bee Radar & Suction Traps

    ·         Field Scanalyzer

    ·         Greenhouses & Growth Houses inc Heat & Energy Exchanger

    ·         Rothamsted Archive – 175 years of plant and soil samples

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