Low Carbon Agriculture show announces its headline speakers

Written by William Kellett from Agriland

Industry heavyweight speakers will discuss new environmental policy on UK farms, as well as opportunities such as carbon farming, and advances in renewable energy at Low Carbon Agriculture show this March 8 and March 9, at the NAEC, Stoneleigh, cutting through the noise to get to the heart of what new sector changes mean for farmers.

Representatives from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Department for Transport (DfT), Environment Agency, Welsh government, National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and Country Land and Business Association (CLA), will present in the show’s keenly anticipated multi-streamed conference.

They will speak alongside over 100 expert speakers discussing topics ranging from soil health, carbon farming, and sustainable water management to updates on environmental land management schemes, and dedicated sessions for each renewable energy type, as well as agri-tech and seminars on energy storage and Low Emission Vehicles (LEVs),” explained event director, David Jacobmeyer

“The show provides practical guidance and solutions for farmers wishing to increase the financial and environmental sustainability of their business and drive down emissions,” explained event director, David Jacobmeyer

“It’s about helping them to make lasting connections with people who will assist them in the agricultural transition.”

Chaired by Dr Jonathan Scurlock, NFU chief renewable energy and climate change advisor, keynote presentations will include details on the agricultural transition, from Victoria Prentis, Minister of State at Defra, alongside net zero ambitions from the Welsh government’s deputy climate change minister, Lee Waters. Dr Nina Skorupska, chief executive at the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA), will discuss the decarbonisation of the UK energy system in line with net zero goals.

Low Carbon Agriculture show expos​

Held in partnership with the NFU, CLA and Energy Now , Low Carbon Agriculture show incorporates four expos including: ‘Environmental Business Expo’, ‘Farm Technology Expo’, ‘Energy Now Expo’ and ‘Low Emission Vehicles Expo.’

New for 2022, the carbon farming session, chaired by Susan Twining, chief land use policy adviser at the CLA, will discuss measuring, reducing, and trading carbon, as well as updating delegates on the much-awaited soil carbon code and factors to consider if sequestering carbon.

Tom Heap, farming and environmental journalist will chair a ‘Reaching Net Zero in Agriculture’ debate, with panellists including Caroline Drummond MBE, chief executive officer at LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Gavin Lane, vice president at the CLA, Dr Jonathan Scurlock at the NFU and Sonya Bedford, partner – Energy Spencer West.

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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...