Don’t miss at the 165th Great Yorkshire Show

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society has a full programme of events and activities at the 165th Great Yorkshire Show on Tuesday 9th July to Friday 12th July 2024.

Below, you will find listings of events organised by our Farming Networks at this year’s Show.

The majority of events listed here take place in the Innovation Zone, sponsored by OnPath Energy (formerly Banks Renewables), and organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Farmer Scientist Network.

For more details about individual listings, please follow the links.

Also, don’t miss our new Great Farmers Guide to the Great Yorkshire Show, which you can download for free here.

All of these events are FREE to attend, however a valid Great Yorkshire Show ticket or Yorkshire Agricultural Society membership is required to access the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Events organised by our Farming Networks at the Great Yorkshire Show

Tuesday 9th July

11.15am-12.15pm: Solar Power Your Soil 

Hear from the Cover Crops Guide Team in utilising their farmer-led cover cropping selection toolkit and latest policy updates during this Tea & Tech talk in the Innovation Zone.

2pm-3pm: Shaking Up Sustainable Farming 

With a general election just days before the Show, we’ll be asking farmers what they need and what they want from the incoming government, during this Pie & Policy debate in the Innovation Zone. Join us to have your say on how we secure the financial and environmental sustainability of the food system, featuring Mark Pearson of Oxbury Bank plc, James Standen from Newcastle University and Mark Lumsdon-Taylor from MHA.

3.30pm-4.30pm: GYS Innovation Awards Ceremony 

Sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, finalists will be invited to the Innovation Zone stage to talk about their innovations where the award winners will be announced.

Wednesday 10th July

7.45am-9.15am: Future Farmers of Yorkshire Breakfast Meeting

Sponsored by Armstrong Watson, AHDB and Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Future Farmers’ flagship event of the year, its Great Yorkshire Show Breakfast Meeting is a chance to start your day with a breakfast roll and networking before a high-profile panel discuss ‘Changing the Farming Narrative: Delivering more than just food…’, featuring Prof John Gilliland, Joe Stanley, Molly Biddell and Andrew Robinson. This event takes place at the Vertu Motors GYS Stage. Read a preview of this event here.

9.30am-10.30am: ABP PRISM 2030 Sustainability Programme

Sustainability is a key priority for ABP Beef, and they are always looking for innovative ways to make a difference. Cutting farm emissions offers a huge potential impact, which is why ABP created PRISM 2030. Find out more at this Innovation Zone talk.

11.15am-12.15pm: Driving adoption in robotics and automation

At this Tea & Tech talk in the Innovation Zone, led by Harper Adams University, hear about their pioneering School of Sustainable Food and Farming which aim of encouraging regenerative farming practices to help the industry meet its net-zero ambitions, alongside agri-tech entrepreneurs from Autospray Systems and EarthRover.

2pm-3pm, Women in Farming’s Innovation Hour followed by Summer Social

During this Pie & Policy slot in the Innovation Zone, join our thriving Women in Farming Network for a panel discussion, talking all things innovation and farming, followed by a summer social, with strawberries and fizz.

4pm-5.30pm, Nuffield Farming X Future Farmers Social

Informal networking and a chat on the Innovation Zone Stage with Nuffield Scholars Neil Eastham and Tom Scrope, talking about their Nuffield Farming Scholarship journeys in conversation with Nuffield Trustee and Northern Region Chair Jo Speed, and Nick Grayson, Chair of Future Farmers of Yorkshire.

Thursday 11th July

9.30am-10.30am, Climate and the Environment – Building a resilient showground

In partnership with GSC Grays, Fera Science Ltd, and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, join us in the Innovation Zone to hear about the Society’s journey in understanding nature markets.

11.15am-12.15pm, Harvesting Tomorrow’s Energy: Transformative Tips for Farm Fuel Efficiency

This Tea & Tech talk in the Innovation Zone is led by NFU Energy, The Royal Agricultural Society of England and Northern Gas Networks. Join us for an insightful session into the future of farm fuels.

1pm-1.45pm, Meet the UK Farm Assurance Review Commissioners

Drop in at the Innovation Zone to meet David Llewellyn and Mark Suthern, commissioners of the independent UK Farm Assurance Review which is focused on repurposing farm assurance for a post-Brexit world. This is an opportunity to provide your views about what works, and what does not work, with the currant farm assurance system and how it might be improved in the future.

2pm-3pm, Renewable energy: the next generation of crop for farmers that delivers whatever the weather

Join OnPath Energy (formerly Banks Renewables) and learn about the benefits of diversifying your land to secure regular long-term income, at this Pie & Policy talk in the Innovation Zone.

4pm-6pm, Agri-Sense Launch and Drinks Reception for Precision Agriculture in Yorkshire

Led by Yorkshire farmer, Davina Fillingham and funded by the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority, join us in the Innovation Zone as we launch Yorkshire’s first Precision Agriculture special interest group. YAS Council member Davina is also a member of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Farmer Scientist Network.

Friday 12th July

9.30am-10.30am, Biomass and Bio-fibre opportunities in farming

In partnership with Bioconnect and the Biorenewables Development Centre, join us in the Innovation Zone as we hear from experts on how to optimise income from growing and producing biomass, biofibres, and explore the potential of low-carbon crops.

11.15am-12.15pm, Regenerative Agriculture, latest research insights into harmonising healthy soils and your bottom line

At this Tea & Tech talk in the Innovation Zone, hear from the FixOurFood and H3 project teams about their latest trial results to support regenerative agriculture  and benefits above, and below ground as well as your pocket.

2pm-3pm, Introduction to Yorkshire’s new Grain Alliance for the Food Supply Chain

Yorkshire Grain Alliance is a collective of farmers, bakers, millers, traders, researchers, and community members committed to transforming the food system through a fundamentally different approach to grain production and consumption. Find out more at this Pie & Policy session in the Innovation Zone.

All four days

Soil Doctor, Innovation Zone

Get an expert analysis from the Regenerative Agriculture soil scientists of a soil sample from your farm (arable or grassland) at the Innovation Zone.

Farmers are welcome to bring a piece of soil about the size of a medium-sized coffee cup, dug as a block from 0-10 cm deep (or deeper if you think you may have compaction).

This is a great opportunity to learn how to look for good soil markers and discuss soil health on your farm.

Please drop off your soil samples with a label noting how the land has been managed, in a plastic bag or container to Holly Jones, Farmer Scientist Network Coordinator, or the team from the University of Leeds and University of Sheffield in the Innovation Zone and book a time slot on the day to discuss. Or contact hollyj@yas.co.uk if you want to drop off in advance of the Show.

Farming Stronger for Longer campaign, Field Nurse, Fifth Avenue – This campaign promotes three core exercises that all farmers can achieve before, during or after work to encourage fitness. Call in at the Field Nurse trailer (Fifth Avenue, stand no. 306 to find out more and to get a free health check.

Kathryn Phillips, Field Nurse Trustee explains:

We all know that farming is a physically and emotionally demanding job and probably never more so than now. Over the years it can take its toll on those involved in the industry and for many farmers finding time to look after themselves is not easy.

Our Field Nurse team have been working with the Together an Active Future team from Pennine Lancashire, and some members of the YFC to start developing a campaign to help farmers stay stronger for longer.

To begin with our information leaflet gives some straightforward advice about improving health and well-being, including three exercises that if done regularly, could help farmers stay strong and avoid or lessen pain in later life.

We hope that we can spread the word, and help all farmers in different ways to keep ‘farming stronger for longer’.

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