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Low Carbon Agriculture Show returns to the National Agricultural Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh, on 7 – 8 February 2023, with new conference sessions, an inspiring line-up of speakers, and an exhibition featuring the latest agri-tech advances, low emission vehicles and machinery and environmental opportunities for farmers.

Trudy Harrison MP, Minister for Natural Environment and Land Use will speak about Government’s plans to support a productive and sustainable farming sector in the keynote session on Tuesday 7 February, and Defra’s Future Farming and Countryside Programme team will be on hand to answer questions on related policy and payments, including the new, recently released Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) standards under the ELM scheme.

New conference sessions have been introduced this year and include enhancing biodiversity, transitioning to regenerative farming systems, niche crops, managing energy use and costs, the decarbonisation of UK heat and power, and managing returns from clean energy assets.

Held in partnership with the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), Low Carbon Agriculture show incorporates four expos including: ‘Environmental Business Expo’, ‘Farm Technology Expo’, ‘Energy Now Expo’ and ‘Low Emission Vehicles Expo.’

Biomass Connect, a new £4.8M project funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to increase biomass crops grown in the UK, will launch at the show.

In the Low Emission Vehicles Expo, the all-electric Scottish Munro utility truck will make its debut after launching in December 2022, as well as the world’s first electric compact tractor, the FT25G. JCB will be showcasing the JCB 525-60E Telehandler, the 35-22E Teletruk, and the 1.25QE Power cube. Eco Charger will be displaying its range of electric quads, and Osprey Charging Network is looking for freehold and leasehold land to expand its driver-recommended rapid charging network.

The exhibition will feature the most cutting-edge innovations in agri-tech and precision farming, including Agrointelli’s ROBOTTI, capable of autonomous seeding, weeding and mowing, and multi-function autonomous drones and robots from AutoSpray Systems, for use on farms and in forestry.

Headline speakers in the renowned multi-streamed conference include:

  • Trudy Harrison MP, Minister for Natural Environment and Land Use at Defra, discussing the Government’s plans to support a productive and sustainable farming sector,
  • Harley Stoddart, head of climate mitigation science at Defra, asking whether ‘an industry standard for on farm GHG emissions can be established’,
  • Mhari Barnes, senior advisor agriculture & ELMs, Environment Agency, covering ‘Aligning water management strategies with environmental policy’,
  • Tom Heap, farming, and environmental journalist, chairing the ‘Reaching net zero in agriculture’ debate,
  • Tom Bradshaw, NFU deputy president, speaking in the ‘Reaching net zero in agriculture’ debate,
  • Patrick Lane, CLA vice president, also speaking in the ‘Reaching net zero in agriculture’ debate,
  • The Labour Party’s Climate Change and Net Zero shadow minister Dr Alan Whitehead, speaking in the keynote session,
  • Rob Harrison, organic farmer and NFU Environment Forum member, covering ‘Protecting watercourses from pollution’,
  • Sarah Wynn, managing director – Climate Change and Sustainability, ADAS discussing ‘Managing, reducing and capturing your carbon’,
  • Joe Stanley, farmer & head of training & partnerships, GWCT Allerton Project, looking at ‘Understanding the effects of different farming methods on wildlife and the environment’,
  • Andy Bason, farm manager at Newhouse Farm Partnership, giving ‘A practical guide to regenerative farming’,
  • Kerriann Mclackland, head of land at the Environment Bank, discussing ‘Risk and rewards of biodiversity net gain’,
  • Kristina Rabecaite, Founder of PPAYA, offering guidance on ‘Securing the best price for your energy.’
  • Jon Swain, technical director at NFU Energy, outlining how to ‘Combat rising energy costs with clean energy’,
  • Mark Russell, partner at Carter Jonas, discussing ‘Opportunities to bring natural capital into your estate/farm/portfolio.

The event will feature its renowned multi-streamed conference, workshops, an exhibition, demos of low emission vehicles and machinery and demonstrations of the latest innovations in agri-tech. It’s the ideal place to speak to agricultural and rural business owners interested in renewable energy generation, environmental best practice, and increased productivity.

To learn more and book your free ticket, visit www.lowcarbonagricultureshow.co.uk .

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