Month: October 2015

Further speakers announced for East of England Farming Conference

Further speakers announced for East of England Farming Conference

 

The East of England Agricultural Society are pleased to confirm a number of additional speakers that have joined an already impressive line-up for the East of England Farming Conference,taking place at the showground on the 3rd of December.

The already strong line-up of  speakers will be joined by Sir Peter Kendall- Chairman of AHDB, Guy Smith- NFU Vice President, Peter Simpson- CEO of Anglian Water, Susie Emmett of Green Shoots Productions and Andrea Manenti- CEO of Trelleborg Wheel Systems UK.

The new speakers complement an already impressive and varied bill, the highlight of of which is without question four inspirational young farmers who have challenged convention . They take to the stage to share some of their insight and to explain how they are creating their own opportunities.

Guy Thallon will discuss his successful agri-tech project and cereal and arable farmer Luke Abblitt will reveal the challenges he faced when he took on a council farm and worked to double his acreage. Nuffield Scholar David Walston will focus on how he has used beef cattle to help improve soil conditions. He will be joined by fellow Nuffield Scholar Russell McKenzie speaking about his experiences with no till crop establishment.

The conference will also look at the political and economic issues facing agriculture with presentations from Lucia Zitti, NFU Economist, and Gail Soutar, NFU Chief Economist and International Affairs Adviser.

The all-day event will also include opportunities for networking and a fringe exhibition with stands from leading businesses.

Tickets for the East of England Farming Conference are on sale now. Book online at eoefarmingconference.co.uk. East of England Agricultural Society members should select the button indicating they are a member to take advantage of the discounted conference fee.

 

 

 

Careers Forum for agricultural students will launch at CropTec

Careers Forum for agricultural students will launch at CropTec

CropTec, the leading specialist arable event will host, in conjunction with the East of England Agricultural Society, an interactive workshop designed to offer students a diverse insight into career opportunities within the arable industry.

Sponsored by EDGE, an industry led project that aims to EDUCATE, DEVELOP, GROW and EMPLOY those taking their first steps into careers in the food and farming industries, the event will address some of the challenges students face. Those include the many, multi-faceted career paths now open to them: the different skills required and how to approach specific companies and organisations for career advice and employment opportunities.

From practical farm management to research, technology, agronomy and consultancy, students will hear professionals from a range of disciplines and recent graduates who will explain a typical working day, roles, responsibilities, challenges and benefits.

Stephen Howe, CropTec’s Development Director, says: “This is a brilliant opportunity for students to explore the diverse employment opportunities which exist in the dynamic, fast moving and increasingly global arable sector.  The CropTec Careers Forum will highlight the numerous courses, skills and experience required to enable students to achieve a successful career in one of the UK’s most exciting industries.”

Held on Wednesday, November 25, the careers forum, which is free to attend and will create awareness about the different career opportunities in the arable sector available to students.

CropTec provides the perfect platform for students to network and gain free face-to-face advice from organisations, exhibitors and industry specialists in understanding potential career options available in the arable industry.

CropTec, which opens for business on Tuesday, November 24, is the essential technical, knowledge exchange event for arable and mixed farmers, agronomists and advisers, sprayer and spreader operators and contractors.

For more information on CropTec visit www.croptecshow.com

 

 

 

Farming Conference list guest speakers – 3rd December

Farming Conference list guest speakers – 3rd December

Be inspired by expert speakers at the first East of England Farming Conference this winter.

The debut conference will take place at the East of England Showground in Peterborough on Thursday 3 December.

Among the speakers will be four ‘next generation’ farmers who will highlight a wide range of industry opportunities and challenges.

Guy Thallon will discuss his successful agri-tech project and cereal and arable farmers Luke Abblitt will discuss the challenges he faced he took on a council farm and worked to double his acreage. Nuffield Scholar David Walston will focus on how he has used beef cattle to help improve soil conditions. He will be joined by fellow Nuffield Scholar Russell McKenzie.

The conference will also look at the political and economic issues facing agriculture with talks from Lucia Zitti, NFU Economist, and Gail Soutar, NFU Chief Economist and International Affairs Adviser.

The all-day event will also include opportunities for networking and a fringe exhibition with stands from leading businesses.

The conference is organised by the East of England Agricultural Society. It is supported by Anglia Farmers, Camgrain, Brown & Co, EDGE Careers, Bayer, Churchgate, Roythornes and Safety Revolution.

Tickets for the East of England Farming Conference are on sale now. Book online at  Farming Conference website

Please click on the link for the Programme on the day East of England Conferene Programme

Show success results in Lyon’s family heading to East of England Smithfield festival

Show success results in Lyon’s family heading to East of England Smithfield festival

Following recent show successes around the UK, the Lyon family, who farm near Bourne in Lincolnshire, are excited to be heading to the 2015 East of England Smithfield Festival in Peterborough on Thursday 26 – Friday 27 November, where they hope to add to their growing trophy cabinet.

The family are a shining example of what hard work and determination can achieve. Primarily landscape gardeners, this family delved into the cattle industry only 12 years ago with just two heifers and by 2012 they won the baby beef champion at Smithfield and in 2013 they were winning at most major events including the taking the champion at the Royal Welsh Show.

From the outset, the aim of their cattle enterprise was always to be able to breed their own cattle that would be good enough for the show-ring. Much emphasis has been made on new genetics in order to achieve this. They are now into the second generation of their own breeding heifers and use Belgian Blue and Limousin crosses, to produce a commercial cross.

“We want to produce the best and showing cattle gives us, and other beef farmers, the opportunity to promote the top end of the beef industry,” explains Jonny Lyon. “It also means, if successful, that we are able to secure a premium at market.

“The show attendance also gives us the opportunity to learn from industry and other farmers and keep up to date with the latest developments,“ Jonny adds. “ Stocktech at this year’s   Smithfield Festival promises to provide a whole range of new information. This is invaluable for our business growth and future profitability.

The success of the Lyon’s family is no surprise to East of England Agricultural Society show director, William Haire, who is looking forward to seeing the stock at this East of England Smithfield Festival in November.

“The Lyon family is incredibly focussed. They work hard at being informed and open to new developments in beef management. Their attention to detail, and focus on the genetics, the nutrition, the health and the general welfare of the animals, is paramount to their success.

“They have a great eye for high quality animals and understand the importance of conformation. And it is because of this, they have achieved such outstanding results,” concludes William.

 

2012 Smithfield
The Lyon family celebrating another win at the 2012 East of England Smithfield Festival

The 2015 East of England Smithfield Festival takes place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, on 26 and 27 November.


For more information please contact livestock@eastofengland.org.uk or telephone 01733 234 451 www.eoesmithfield.co.uk

East of England Farming Conference – 3rd December 15

East of England Farming Conference – 3rd December 15

A new conference will bring expert speakers from all areas of agriculure to the East of England Showground.
Showcasing agricultural innovation, the conference will attract specialist industry speakers to discuss issues affecting farming, the latest research and developments in agri-business. Speakers will cover technical and politcal issues as well as looking at prospects and challengs or the next generation.
Discounts for EoE Agricultural Society Members
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For further information and to book you place now on-line visit the Farming Conference  website

Members offer for Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association lecture

Members offer for Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association lecture

As Part of our activities throughout the East of England we meet and work with our fellow Agricultural Societies throughout the region to share our knowledge to improve our work and activities. Following on from a recent meeting the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Society have very kindly extended an invitation to East of England Agricultural Society members to attend a keynote lecture at the John Innes Conference Centre on Thursday 12th November 2015 which they are sponsoring as part of Agri-Tech Week.

This event will provide a great opportunity for people from food production, farming and science to hear from Lord Haskins of Skidby (former Chairman, Northern Foods and Express Dairies), one of the most influential thinkers in the agri-food industry, and to contribute to the on-going dialogue between science and agriculture in the region.

East of England Agricultural Society members can apply for a discounted ticket at the same rate as RNAA members, which we hope will be the start of more reciprocal arrangements between both our societies in the future. Simply follow the instructions on the online booking area.

 

View more information here.

 

Week Commencing – 9th -15th November;  For further information and book your place now

The East of England Agricultural Society Autumn and Winter 2015 newsletter

The East of England Agricultural Society Autumn and Winter 2015 newsletter

The latest edition of the Society newsletter has just be published and is available to download at the link below. Members will have received a copy by post last week.

There has been a lot happening on the showground and at Society events throughout the spring and summer. Articles include reports on the 2015 Farm Business Awards, Kids country, Marshall Papworth trust, Festival of Hunting, Equifest and Just Dogs Live as well as previews for the upcoming Peterborough Dinner, East of England Smithfield Festival and our farming conference.

The Society has had a busy year with lots more to come! check out the coming events section for further events and information.

EOE Newsletter – 2015

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Remote Sensing SIG: Getting to the Root and Branch of Remote Sensing and Monitoring

Remote Sensing SIG: Getting to the Root and Branch of Remote Sensing and Monitoring

East of England Showground, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE2 6XE

8 October, 2015

This SIG event will explore techniques for sensing and monitoring within the growing medium and in the leafy canopy of growing plants to monitor and maintain crop performance. Keeping a close eye on parameters that influence plant growth, such as moisture and nutrient availability can make a real difference in yield and quality. Attendees at this SIG event will be researchers, technology developers, farmers and growers, and those interested in bringing new innovations to market involving new sensing and monitoring tools, products and services. One of the key outputs of the workshop will be a roadmap of innovation needs from growers and farmers in open field and for protected crops seeking solutions from the innovation community.

Read more about the Remote Sensing and Monitoring SIG meeting here.

Programme:

13:30  Registration and coffee

14:00  Welcome and introduction

14:10  Seeing below the soil surface for agriculture
Dr Richard Whalley, Senior Research Scientist, Rothamsted Research

14:30  Automatic real-time in-field sensing in the 21st century
Peter White, Director, Soil Moisture Sense

14:50  Measuring potato canopies – from quadrat to radar
Dr David Firman, Head of Cambridge University Farm, NIAB

15:10  Tea break

15:40 Breakout/workshop session and feedback

16:50  Closing comments

17:00 Departure

Registration:

To book your place click here.

Basis CPD points will be available for attendees of this event.