Feeding The Earth Programme, 30th April, East Malling

Final Programme for 'Feeding the Earth' at East Malling, 30th April below.

Still have a couple of spaces, please contact Emma Tilston if you'd like to attend (emma.tilston@emr.ac.uk).

10:30 Arrival and Registration
11:00 Welcome and introduction to the meeting (Peter Gregory, EMR)
11:20 Guest speaker: Prof. David Hopkins (Royal Agricultural University) What can we learn about soils from long-term experiments?
11:40 Dr Jennifer Rhymes (University of Aberystwyth) Evidence of improved wheat nutritive value from alternative forage crop rotations
12:00 Henry Weber (University of Bristol, University of Reading, English Heritage) Connecting archaeology, precision farming and agronomy to fully understand and manage soil variation
12:20 Prof. Karl Ritz (University of Nottingham) Light work at the soil surface: microbial controls upon the architecture of the soil-atmosphere interface
12:40 Questions and Discussion
13:00 Lunch and posters
13:45 Julian Gold (Hendred Farm Partnership) Benefits of Controlled Traffic Farming for soil management: A growers perspective
14:00 Alexis Pym (Education and Learning Manager at RHS Garden Wisley) Introduction to the RHS Education Programme: soil and plant science for primary and secondary schools
14:20 Discussion and exchange of ideas about public engagement
14:40 Tour of EMR orchards and plantings and the National Rhizolab
15:40 Final discussion
16:00 Event concludes