AHDB Roots to Resilience event – 25th January

The Farmer Scientist Network has partnered with AHDB to support their latest ‘Roots to Resilience’ Roadshow at Pavilions of Harrogate on Thursday 25th January, 1.30pm-4.30pm.

Registration for this event is free, open to all and takes the form of a panel discussion as a platform for open conversation.

The discussions will explore innovative approaches to farming that align with agroecology principles and system-based decision making, including:

Ecological principles in agriculture
Explore the interconnectedness of ecosystems and the impact of ecological principles on crop resilience and resource conservation.

System-based decision making
Understand how shifting to a system-based approach transforms decision-making processes on the farm, leading to more resilient and adaptive strategies.

Changing information requirements
Learn about the evolving information needs in the context of reformative farming and how technology can support informed decision making.

Success stories and lessons learned
Hear from experienced farmers who have successfully implemented ecological practices and embraced system-based decision making.

Introducing the panel

Chaired by Ellie Sweetman, of Farmer Scientist Network Management Team, the panel features:

Jason Rowntree, Director of Michigan State University’s Centre for Regenerative Agriculture.

Stuart Johnson, Northumberland tenant farmer focused on regenerative practices.

Ruth Wade, research fellow in Regenerative Farming Systems at the University of Leeds.

Dr Liz Genever, mixed farmer in south-east Lincolnshire, and a beef and sheep consultant.

AHDB Roots to Resilience module launch

This event will launch the first module – entitled ‘Change the goal, change the system – balancing food production and the ecosystem’ – of AHDB’s Roots to Resilience innovative systems-based knowledge exchange programme.

The aim of the module is to get farmers thinking about what they’re aiming for within their business, what’s driving them and what’s holding them back, asking ‘What can you practically do on your farm that will improve ecosystem function, whilst maintaining your desired level of production?’.

At their event at the Great Yorkshire Showground, AHDB will tap into the expertise and experience of the panel to find the answers needed to take these businesses forward.

Backed by the extensive research experience of one of the event speakers, the world renowned Jason Rowntree from Michigan State University, the event will showcase how ecological functioning and production can go hand in hand.

The AHDB Roots to Resilience programme has been developed following a series of sold-out workshops with farmers, and it challenges farmers to stop thinking “in black and white and unlock their full potential”.

AHDB’s Head of Engagement for Beef and Lamb, Samantha Charlton said:

We were thrilled to receive such a positive response to the programme.

Our workshop events sold out in just a few days and the feedback we received from the farmers that attended was everything we’d hoped for and more.

After attending a Roots to Resilience farmer workshop, farmer James MacCartney said:

We as farmers become so used to thinking in a certain type of way. Roots to Resilience challenges the norm, and by stepping back and seeing the wider picture I’ve come away from the workshop with new ideas and approaches that I really think will benefit myself and my business moving forward.

I’ve already got things in my head that I can take home and use to apply change tomorrow. I’d encourage everyone to get involved with the programme in any way they can.

Samantha added:

The workshops equipped us at AHDB with greater insight into the topics that our levy payers want and need more help with, and were vital in forming the content that these 2024 modules will deliver.

I’m excited to open up Roots to Resilience to all levy payers and to continue shining a light on the people within farming businesses.

To read more about Roots to Resilience and follow the progress of farmers already benefitting from the programme, click here or follow AHDB Beef & Lamb on social media.

Farmer Scientist Network

Supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the Farmer Scientist Network works with the crop and livestock sectors to find new ways in which science and technology can find solutions and underpin innovation in agriculture.

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