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Regenerative Agriculture – Understanding the opportunities and challenges

25th - 26th April 2023

Event Info

Regenerative Agriculture – Understanding the opportunities and challenges

Date and time
25 April 2023 – 26 April 2023

Location
Hybrid event hosted at Hilton York in York City Centre

Cost
All AAB Early Career Professional (ECP) members can register as an online delegate for FREE! Non-members can register for the nominal fee of £5.

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The concept of Regenerative Agriculture is successfully engaging the agricultural community, food industry and policy makers to consider how to utilise agricultural land to maximise the delivery of ecosystem services.

There is no single definition of “regenerative agriculture”, with interpretations varying between practitioners; but it can broadly be defined as “an approach to farming that uses soil conservation as the entry point to regenerate and contribute to the delivery of food production and other ecosystem services”.

In practice, regenerative agriculture can be broken down into 5 key principles: 1) reduced soil disturbance; 2) retention of green cover; 3) retention of living roots in the soil; 4) crop diversification and 5) integration of livestock into rotations.

It is recognised that there is a need to bring together the scientific evidence supporting the implementation of regenerative agriculture, to help evaluate the potential benefits and challenges for food production, the environment and farm profitability, across different agroclimatic zones and farming systems. This conference will bring together researchers, consultants, farmers, agronomists and students to share research findings.

We invite abstracts that address the impact of regenerative farming on: soil, water & air quality, crop performance, pest management, farm economics and greenhouse gas balances & biodiversity and social barriers to uptake. Submitted abstracts can address either regenerative practices (e.g. crop residue retention, cover crops or companion cropping, reduced tillage, use of organic manures, diverse rotations), or whole system approaches (e.g. integrating livestock into rotations, integrated pest management, mob grazing or farm case studies).

The conference will include sessions on the above listed topics and subject area, and will conclude with a panel discussion which we hope will include farming representatives. The objective of the panel discussion will be to challenge scientists to work with farmers, in order to help develop the evidence base to support and justify the transition into regenerative agriculture. We hope that a position paper/statement can be generated from this discussion.

The meeting schedule is now available for download.

Invited speakers and Panel members

Lizzie Sagoo, Soil Scientist, ADAS Sustainable Agriculture Systems.

Alastair Leake, Director of Policy · The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Ruth Wade, Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Emily Padfield, Nuffield Scholar

David Blacker, Yorkshire Farmer

Fergus Younger, Scottish Farmer with SAOS

Julian Gold,  Oxfordshire Farmer with the Hendred Estate. Supported by the British Society of Soil Science

To expand access to this event all AAB Early Career Professional (ECP) members can register as an online delegate for FREE! AAB ECP non-members can register for the nominal fee of £5. Get involved!

We will apply for BASIS points and on past experience we expect up-to 12 points to be awarded.

This event is organised by the AAB Cropping and the Environment and Soil Biology groups led by Kate Smith, Harry Henderson, Charlotte White and Kairsty Topp.

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