The South of England Agricultural Society’s annual Farming Conference is going digital this year and will take place online on Wednesday 11 November 2020.
Chaired by BBC presenter Charlotte Smith, the conference will consider whether UK agriculture can really achieve net zero.
Duncan Rawson, a Nuffield Scholar sponsored by the Society and organiser of the Farming Conference, says: “There is no doubt that the industry can do a great deal to reduce emissions and to capture gasses from the atmosphere, but for a sector so reliant on chemicals – from fertilisers, to pesticides, and diesel, we will be discussing just how radical we will have to be to deliver net zero by 2040.”
Guest speakers are: NFU President Minette Batters; Tim May - Managing Director, Kingsclere Estates, Hampshire; Doug Wanstall – Kent farmer and Nuffield Scholar; Hugh Martineau - Head of Sustainability at Map of Ag, who is based on a farm in the Brecon Beacons where he is leading a net zero emissions initiative along with 5 other farmers in the area.
All speakers will deliver a short presentation setting out their thoughts, then viewers can pose questions through an interactive message panel. The Farming Conference is held by the South of England Agricultural Society is FREE to attend and will run online from 7pm to 9pm. Visitors must register via www.seas.org.uk/farming-conference from 21 October.