Low carbon farming event - an introduction to arable production

30 September 2011

The Low Carbon Farming project kicked off it's programmes of on-farm events last Friday, with an afternoon seminar session and farm tour at Yatesbury House Farm in Wiltshire.

There was a lot of interest in the event with approximately 30 farmers attending despite excellent harvesting conditions! During the afternoon we heard talks from Alan Hopkins, an independent consultant in the South West who spoke about the importance of soil carbon and it's potential impact on both soil quality and a farm's carbon footprint; Hugo House from Good Energy, who ran through the on-farm oppotunities for farmers in terms of renewable energy production and the different technologies that are available and how to go about getting them installed and signed up to the FiT; and Richard Gantlett, our host for the afternoon, gave us an overview of the farm and the changes that he's implemented in the last 5-10 years to reduce energy use and reliance on fossil fuels.

The talks were followed by a tour of the farm where we saw all of the above in practice.

Materials from the event

Alan Hopkins: Low carbon arable farming [235 KB]

Richard Gantlett: Reduced tillage and energy use [1.25 MB]

Hugo House, Good Energy: On farm renewable energy opportunities [2.88 MB]

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