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Norfolk conference focuses on land

February 2, 2012 by  
Filed under News & Business

CHANGING  land use patterns will top the agenda at this month’s Norfolk Farming Conference, held on 23 February at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.

The one-day event will focus on uture land use opportunities, including feedstocks for anaerobic digestion, power generation from biomass and the need to balance environmental consequences of agriculture with food security.

Professor Ian Crute, chief scientist at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, will examine the complex sustainable development issue of increasing food production while meeting environmental challenges.

Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on science and technology in agriculture, will explore the role science and technology will need to play in helping farmers meet global demand for food.

Other keynote speakers will include NFU president Peter Kendall. The one-day event will once again be chaired by high profile Essex farmer and award-winning journalist Guy Smith.

Philipp Lukas, managing director of Future Biogas, will explain how feed stocks for anaerobic digestion can help diversify farm income streams helping to limit market exposure and operating risk.

A short film will show how George Gittus, who farm near Bury St Edmunds, has embraced renewable energy generation with an anaerobic digestion plant fed with maize grown on site alongside his arable and livestock enterprises.

Clarke Willis, chief executive of organisers Anglia Farmers, said energy crops could herald a significant shift in land use. “When volatility in the agricultural sector is at an all time high, farmers must look at ways to diversify.”

Tickets, which are selling out fast, cost £45 + VAT (£40 + VAT for AF members), with discounts for young farmers and students. For details, call Helen Bibby on 01603 881 803 or visit www.norfolkfarmingconference.org.

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