LEAF’s annual President Event to focus on defining resilience and diversity in agriculture
7 Oct 2014
Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF)’s annual President Event will take place on Tuesday November, 11, at the HSBC Headquarters, CanaryWharf, London.
The event will examine the impact of agricultural diversity on productivity, pest and disease control, ecosystem services, and nutrition and health.
It will also explore the potential to minimise the effects of climate change on farming; specifically relating to crops, livestock, biodiversity, our markets and diets.
A panel of industry experts will explore the topic like Dr Gordon Jamieson, Director of Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation at The John Innes Centre, and Fraser McKevitt, Head of Retail and Consumer Insight, Kantar Worldpanel.
Alongside LEAF Demonstration Farmers, who are at the forefront of sustainable farming and will share best practice and examples of how diversity works for their businesses:
Patrick Barker, from E J Barker and Sons, a 510 hectare family owned partnership based at Lodge Farm, Westhorpe in North Suffolk, growing a wide range of arable crops including winter wheat, oilseed rape, spring oats, spring beans, linseed and herbage grass seed.
Andrew Francis, Senior Farms Manager of Elveden Farms, in East Anglia, one of the largest single farm units in lowland Britain, extending to 9,100 hectares, specialising in the production of vegetables and cereals. It is the largest producer of rye in the UK and the farm is also LEAF Marque certified.
Dr Grant Walling, JSR Ltd, one of the largest family-owned farming companies in the UK, JSR farms around 3,600 hectares of arable crop production in East Yorkshire, specialising in wheat, barley and oilseed rape. JSR is LEAF Marque certified.
The conference will be hosted by LEAF President, Baroness Hazel Byford, DBE. A debate will take place in the afternoon, chaired by broadcaster and journalist, Tom Heap, looking at the key issues in more detail.