Cutting-edge research revealed at Lincolnshire farming conference


Cutting-edge research was revealed at Lincolnshire’s only Farming Conference on Tuesday (March 1) as more than 300 attendees turned out to hear key announcements.

Jim Godfrey OBE, DSc, chair on the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), was among the high quality speakers who revealed how future research on genomes could be used to improve crops in the face of a rapidly changing climate.

Other big announcements came from Keith Norman, technical director at Velcourt Farming, who discussed Velcourt’s own on-farm research on new crop technologies and how they were being used to result in significant yield gain.

Chairman Steve Ward for the Showground’s Education Committee, said: “2016 has been a big year for new technologies and announcements in the farming industry. I want to personally thank all of our speakers who broached some key issues affecting today’s industry.

“We have had a tremendous amount of positive feedback from both speakers and attendees and we were pleased to see so many turn out for our 2016 Farming Conference.”

Jayne Southall, CEO of the Lincolnshire Showground, said she was delighted to see a 50 per cent increase in younger attendees at the conference compared to last year.

She added: “Lincolnshire is a high yielding agricultural county and as a showground, we feel we owe our future to supporting its farmers and agricultural businesses.

“Attracting young people into agriculture is crucial as they are key to continuing Lincolnshire’s legacy and providing them with the knowledge they need to pursue a future career is vital. We were really pleased to see so many younger faces tune into the future of Lincolnshire’s and the wider world’s farming.”

Headline speaker, Caroline Drummond from LEAF Farming, finished the day with a talk on the business opportunities for farmers by harnessing the need for people to eat more healthy food and outlining that farming needs to be the crux of people’s wider healthy eating habits.

• Sponsors of the Lincolnshire Farming Conference included HSBC, Streets Chartered Accountants, Brown & Co, Andrew & Co LLP and more.