YIF organises free to attend, informal visits and meetings between early career individuals from a variety of backgrounds with a shared interest in agricultural innovation, including farm practice, consultancy, technology development and research. Bringing the group together around innovative and pioneering locations we endeavour to generate conversation, inspire participants, new thinking and collaborations while also bridging the gap between research and production.
Since 2015 we’ve visited a range of organisations including the Earlham Institute sequencing DNA, a mushroom farm in Littleport, vegetable sorting and packing plant to an anaerobic digestor. You can find out more about these visits from our previous events blogs which you can find below as well as upcoming visits. In addition we hold an annual conference focusing on relevant topics and issues. Get a taste of our most recent one by watching the video below:
We recognise the need for greater connections between farmers and scientists. By making connections with scientists, farmers have the opportunity to have input into the research process, communicate the challenges they experience and to understand what research is being undertaken. For their part, scientists are mandated to demonstrate the impact of their research and be better connected with the end-users to enhance their studies. In many cases, a gulf exists between the research and producer communities, particularly in terms of vocabulary, culture and understanding each others’ drivers and challenges. YIF provides an opportunity to tackle this.
YIF is kindly sponsored by The Morley Agricultural Foundation (TMAF). TMAF is a charity which hosts and facilitates agricultural research and education, much of it on its own farm. The research is carried out by a number of bodies including the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and the John Innes Centre (JIC).
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The Sainsbury Lab is researching the systems underlying plant growth and development. We will have a tour of the facilities and speak with some of the researchers.
Following on from that we are going to be taken around the Algal Innovation Centre. The AIC is a Centre for Excellence with test and scale-up facilities for algal research from strain selection and improvement, through harvesting and processing, to development of underpinning technology and engineering solutions.
Our YIF conference is back for 2020. We are going to be hearing from a range of speakers around the engagement between farming and conservation offering a sustainable agricultural production system. The day will consist of talks, workshops and lots of time for networking.
RAGT Seeds was founded in 1919 and has developed multiple seed varieties across different crops including wheat, barley and oats to oil seed rape, maize and grasses. Their cutting edge approach to research and development ensures a strong range of diverse products, year in year out.
On this visit we will be able to tour around their site just outside Duxford where they complete research alongside a large trials site.
Gorgate Farms is in Gressenhall, Norfolk. Today cropping consists of around 100 ha of blackcurrants, 100 ha of arable land (contracted out) and a further 150 ha of grassland, lakes and woodland, much of which is SSSI ancient carr woodland.
Establishment is very labour intensive although harvest is mechanised. Technology is being utilised to monitor soil moisture to determine levels of irrigation with investigations into the possibility of drip irrigation being used in the future.
Gorgate has recently joined the Upper Wensum Farm Cluster Group made up of 24 farmers along the rare chalk-fed river Wensum and the group works together to improve biodiversity, soil and water quality across 10,000 ha. Gorgate’s HLS Stewardship scheme will end 2020 and the aim is to put a lot more of the farm into a Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship scheme along with all the woodland.