Sign up for the first online Cereals Live event

As the sector gears up for the first online Cereals Live Event, a range of speakers and activities has been announced.

The event has moved online for the first time ever to support the industry during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The seminar sessions that play an important part in the regular event will this year be run as video-based webinars, enabling attendees to collect valuable BASIS and NRoSO points.

Among the topics to be discussed will be the impact of coronavirus and Brexit on UK farming, food security and global trade.

Defra Minister Victoria Prentis will outline the Government’s plans and support for coronavirus and will also look at where Brexit negotiations currently stand. The webinar will be chaired by Jane King from AHDB and will also feature NFU president, Minette Batters, who will review the opportunities and challenges for UK arable farmers.

In addition, Professor Tim Benton from the Chatham Organisation will examine how food security has taken on a new imperative. Dr Ludivine Petetin from Cardiff University will also review how Coronavirus and Brexit are impacting and informing the UK’s food security and trading position

Another attraction to look out for will be the Young Farmers and Sustainability Theatre which will aim to help attendees improve the sustainability of their farms and businesses. This will also include seminar sessions on soil health and climate change management, And the good news is that you do not have to be a member of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs to take part in the online seminars and activities, from technical to business skills, networking, innovation and career opportunities.

There will be plenty of experts on hand at the ever-popular NIAB Soil Pit , which this year will be delivered via online videos, enabling visitors to compare rooting across winter oilseed rape (conventional, hybrid and semi-dwarf), cereal hybrids and herbal leys. They can also consider spring crop alternatives to winter oilseed rape and view a companion cropping demo.

This is just a snapshot of what is available. The Cereals Event will be held online on 10-11th June 2020. For more information visit www.cerealsevent.co.uk

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