Cutting cost and carbon - events for regional members

16 June 2022

West Midlands
A collage of images of tree planting and solar panels

A collage of images of tree planting and solar panels

West Midlands farmers will find out ways to cut energy costs, deal with fertiliser price inflation and carbon offsetting at a series of NFU events.

West Midlands farmers are urged to head to our 'cutting cost and carbon out of your business' events. 

An event has been held at the Worcester Sixways Stadium with further ones planned in Warwickshire and Staffordshire.

NFU Energy will give members tips and advice on navigating spiralling on farm business costs.  

 BOOK IN NOW: CALL 01952 400500

Wednesday 29 June – NFU Conference centre, Stoneleigh

Will Oliver talks soil health and nutrient management and James Mottershead covers renewable energy.

Wednesday 6 July – Staffordshire County Showground

Michael Kavanagh discusses soil health and nutrient management and James Mottershead presents on renewable energy.

NFU members will receive practical guidance from fellow farmers and the union on improving resilience and sustainability in uncertain times. The roadshows will be held from 10am to noon for the main presentations, followed by lunch and then the opportunity for informal afternoon sessions if needed.

Cutting energy costs

With rising energy prices, a renewed focus on energy security and the UK’s commitment to net zero, there has never been a better time for NFU members to improve their energy efficiency and develop renewable energy schemes.

We will look at the different options and talk about how NFU Energy is helping members benefit.

Mitigating fertiliser price inflation

UK farming businesses are facing triple-digit inflation in key inputs that underpin the food production system, in particular fertiliser, which is closely linked to the cost of gas.

We will talk about what NFU members can do to improve their nutrient use efficiency. We will also give an overview of the work we’re doing to influence government policy.

Carbon offsetting

Global demand for carbon offsets is expected to grow considerably in the coming decade and UK agriculture has a potential role to play in meeting it. However, significant commercial, policy and science risks and uncertainties remain.

We will explore the different ways in which agriculture could play a role.

“In light of current events, we will look at the opportunities for farms to reduce energy and input costs and simultaneously lower greenhouse gas emissions by improving energy efficiency, installing renewables and using nutrients more efficiently.
“Members will also hear from NFU advisers about the latest Government policy and best practice in these areas.
“There are interesting and hugely challenging times for agriculture and the UK ahead and for our members this includes rising costs, a changing subsidy regime and ever-increasing focus on net zero and the environment.
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has also placed a huge focus on both energy and food security and we hope these events will help farmers and growers address some of the current challenges and make the best of business opportunities.
“These events will help farms more resilient, improve food security and energy security and move us closer to net zero.”
Sarah Faulkner, NFU West Midlands policy manager
NFU Energy

Ask us a question about this page

Once you have submitted your query our NFU CallFirst will contact you and, if appropriate, your question will be passed on to one of our policy teams.

By completing the form with your details on this page, you are agreeing to have this information sent to the NFU for the purposes of contacting you regarding your enquiry. Please take time to read the NFU’s Privacy Policy if you require further information.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.