ARABLE PRODUCTION FOR THE CONCERNED FARMER

February 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

‘Min till? Low till? No Till? What Till?’ – An agricultural conference held at Writtle College on Wednesday 17 February. The conference was jointly organised by Writtle College and Harlow Agricultural Merchants (HAM), aimed at all farmers concerned with arable production.

58 farmers and 20 Higher Education students, from the College, all attended the conference.

Farmers and machinery suppliers were encouraged to provide differing and thought provoking arguments concerning crop production and cultivation systems.

The Key note speaker, Alan Bullivant from Natural England, set the scene by discussing the topic of Sustainable management of soil for crops and the environment. Other talks looked at low input approaches to cultivations and evaluated techniques in the context of modern farming objectives.

Among the other speakers were Tim Chaman, Chairman of CTF Europe, Nigel Fawdry from New Holland, Brian Keeble and Henry Matthews both Senior lecturers at Writtle College, and Philip Wright from Simba UK.

There was also a display of machinery from Doe’s and New Holland.

The conference was held as one of the training days run by Landskills East, a rural skills training programme for the East of England set up to provide rural businesses with improved access to skills and training opportunities in the region.

Landskills East is supported under the Rural Development Programme for England by EEDA, DEFRA and the EU, co-ordinated by Lantra and managed by the Rural Enterprise Hub at Easton College in partnership with Norfolk County Council

The conference was held between 9.30am – 3.30pm and cost delegates just £10.