Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) to tackle decarbonising UK agriculture at annual conference

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This year’s IAgrE’s conference on Wednesday 11 October at Rothamsted Centre for Research & Enterprise, takes on the challenge of where will the next innovative solutions come from to reduce the carbon footprint.

“The carbon footprint for agriculture is complex. At one end tractors and mechanisation systems are big energy users whilst natural resources such as forests and the soil can be managed to capture carbon.

The conference will explore a broad range of perspectives with a view to helping those responsible for policy and practice choose the right approaches and develop the technologies and practices required if reliance on carbon is to be reduced,” said Alastair Taylor CEO of IAgrE.

Dr Jonathan Scurlock, chief adviser, renewable energy and climate change, National Farmers Unions will set the scene, review the future of managing agricultural emissions and talk about the latest developments in battery energy storage and possible vehicle-to-grid applications for farmers. He will also cover the challenges facing businesses and policy makers.

Jonathon Lodge of City Farm Systems will look at different ways of producing food closer to its market.

Up on the roof, down underground – how about harvesting crops just before the point of sale with no transport. Are we on the verge of a new way of farming and what would be the impact of all this on reducing the carbon footprint

Carlo Lambro, President New Holland Agriculture will present CNH’s new approach, where farmers will be able to generate their own energy to run their farm and agricultural equipment.

By using wind systems, solar panels or biomass and biogas processes located right on the farm, the farmer can independently obtain electricity and use it to generate hydrogen to power farm machinery and also to supply electricity.

Professor Jane Rickson of Cranfield University and President Elect of IAgrE will talk about the importance of soil and how it has moved up the agenda and is recognised as having a vital role to play as a carbon sink and that good soil management will assist in maintaining its ability to continue to act as a carbon sink.

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