Trinity AgTech enables farmers to measure, optimise and report all aspects of natural capital across their farming enterprises, including carbon, biodiversity and water protection. One of the technologies to be discussed at the ELMs event on 22nd March.
“I am nervous that the new ELMs scheme will focus on environmental improvements over the need to produce food locally in the UK,” says regenerative farmer Thomas Gent, who aims to do both.
Measuring water quality should be a priority for ELMs as it provides an objective and rapid metric for environmental health, argues Lizzie Emmett, Advisor to the Wensum Farmers, a group of 29 farmers covering 10,000ha along the beautiful River Wensum in Norfolk.
How can the weather be used to predict pest invasions? Can stem flea beetle be tackled without pesticides? Can new crops give a boost to ecosystem services? Agri-TechE members will be out in force at the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2022 to discuss these questions and plenty more.
“Farmers urgently need a better understanding of how their operations will be expected to decarbonise by supply chains and banks, what carbon assets may be available to sell as an alternative source of revenue,” says Emily Norton, Head of Rural Research at Savills. Agr-TechE has launched a discussion document that captures 8 enablers identified by farmers as crucial to adoption of carbon management approaches.
To enable farmers to increase pollinator levels, AgriSound is launching an insect listening device called POLY, which displays a heat-map on a smartphone to show insect activity. It highlights pollination deficits on-farm as well as providing proof that interventions increase ecosystem services.
Ruben Sakrabani, Associate Professor in Soil Chemistry, Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute, is working to validate carbon capture fertilisers, in which waste organic matter is used to fix waste CO2 to create a high-carbon organic alternative to industrial fertiliser.
Tom Pearson is transitioning his farm to regenerative agriculture, he is looking forward to the debate at REAP: “It is incredibly helpful to get a feel for what’s going on and get an idea of where things are going.”
Groundswell is fast gaining traction as the go-to event for farmers focussed on change for the better.