Groundswell 2021 – All’s well at Groundswell

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Download PDF Regenerative agriculture is a direction of travel – not an absolute. By Charlotte Cunningham “How many farmers does it take to change a lightbulb? Change, what’s that?” an opening quip that drew laughs from the audience at this year’s Groundswell event – and wow, what a treat the sound of ‘real-life’ laughter was after a difficult 18 months. Now in its fifth year, Groundswell has become colloquially known as the Glastonbury of the ag show world. However, in the absence of miles of quagmire, and with notably better toilet facilities, the only real comparisons that could be drawn between the two was the bucket-loads of new talent on display. And change isn’t something that visitors to this event resent, nor fear, with the seminar tents a hub for knowledge exchange and idea sharing with regards to how the five key principles of regenerative agriculture can be adopted on a wider scale – the overriding theme of the event. “Regen ag is quite simple – it’s a form of farming which at the same time improves the environment,” said Alex Cherry, event director. “This primarily means regenerating the soil, but it’s a direction of travel – not an absolute.”…
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LIVE - DEFRA SFI Janet Hughes “ask me anything” 19:00-20:00 20th September (Today)

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Hello, I’m Janet Hughes. I’m the Programme Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme in Defra – the programme that’s phasing out the Common Agricultural Policy and introducing new schemes and services for farmers.



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