Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Together, with the support of BBSRC we are helping farmers transform farming.
Our vision is to build a movement of innovative farmers, driving more sustainable and resilient systems throughout the industry, backed by policy and research funding. Through the partnership with BBSRC the ‘Soil and Root Innovators’ field lab was set up and farmers, advisors and researchers met for the first time to investigate practical and cost effective methods to improve soil health and measure soil biological activity.
Soils are degrading and affecting the long-term ability for farmers to keep up food production. Reducing compaction and erosion and increasing soil organic matter are the key focus areas of this topic. Through the field lab, farmers will discuss the optimum balance of green manures, composts and tillage to encourage healthy soil. BBSRC also funded a researcher from Reading University which greatly benefitted The Wiltshire soil health group.
In return for their support, BBSRC’s sponsorship has been promoted through Soil Association’s social media channels and website, as well as on the Innovative Farmers portal, in relevant Farming press and at events. They also receive reports on the activity and reported learning by participating farmers/growers within their network.