Leading experts announced as headline speakers at Down to Earth Event

Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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Two leading figures on regenerative agriculture and climate changes have been announced as the headline speakers at Down to Earth- a dedicated one-day event for livestock farmers on regenerative farming taking place on June 15, at The Farm, Longnor, Shropshire.

Stephanie Race will open proceedings with her talk on ‘the roadmap to net zero: creating resilience in livestock farming systems in times of change’.

Race is an established business leader, entrepreneur and scientist with over 30 years of experience transforming global food and agriculture supply chains and restoring ecosystems to balance nature, people and markets.

She is also the founder and CEO of Earth Labs Group, an analytics platform for nature-based solutions, biodiversity and climate risk management.

Joining her is Independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant Professor Jude Capper, who will talk about creating healthy soils and using regenerative principles to improve farm sustainability.

Capper is the ABP Chair and Professor of Sustainable Beef and Sheep systems at Harper Adams University.

Her research focuses on modelling the sustainability of livestock production systems, specifically dairy, beef and sheep.

She is researching on-farm greenhouse gas emissions from UK beef production, the impacts of livestock health and welfare on system sustainability, and technology use in South American beef production.

Over 35 speakers are currently confirmed to speak at the event, covering everything from the benefits of regenerative agriculture, agroforestry, and meeting the sustainability challenge in each livestock sector through to practical talks on grassland management, the use of bugs and improving soil health.

Commenting on the event, show organiser and managing director of RABDF Matt Knight said:

“We have some excellent speakers lined up to talk about regenerative agriculture and to provide visitors with the know-how and support surrounding regenerative farming principles, no matter where they are on their journey.

“Visitors can also see regenerative farming techniques and their benefits by touring The Farm at Longnor, courtesy of dairy and beef farmer Tim Downes.”

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...