‘Groundswell’, The No-Till Show – a unique forum for farmers who want to grow and profit from a healthy soil

Groundswell, the first UK show and conference wholly focused on no-till techniques, soil regeneration and the value of livestock in arable and mixed farming situations is back for its third year.  Groundswell is a show designed ‘by farmers, for farmers’ who seek to change the paradigm of agriculture from extractive to regenerative.  It takes place at Lannock Manor Farm, Hertfordshire, featuring speakers, workshops and seminars; exhibitions from a wide range of innovative farming companies and field scale direct drill demonstrations.

Groundswell 2018 features a range of respected voices in No-Till and Organic agriculture and environmental sustainability, including:

  • Dan Kittredge (USA), Founder and Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA), a non-profit whose objective is to increase quality in the food supply, is speaking in the U.K for the very first time
  • Ademir Calegari (Brazil), a soil scientist with three decades’ experience in cover crop management
  • Joel Williams, an independent soil advocate who unravels the links between healthy soils and plant health.
  • Gary Markham, Land Family Business Accountants will report results from the first ever European No-Till Benchmarking Group comparing the profitability of no-till vs conventional farming.
  • Respected UK farmers will share their experience of no-till in organic and conventional farm setups
  • Discussion Panels & Workshops, providing ample opportunity for guests to pose their own questions and engage in the debate, featuring:
    • AHDB
    • Affinity Water
    • The Soil Association’s ‘Innovative Farmers’
    • Agricology
    • The Pasture Fed Livestock Association

Groundswell is relevant for anyone in the farming or environmental sectors interested in the role that the soil plays in improving the environment, be it carbon sequestration, water catchment, ecosystems or human nutrition and food quality.

“Groundswell is unique in the fact that you can spend a day learning the principles of Conservation Agriculture whilst also engaging with the organisations who can help make it a reality.” Says Paul Cherry, Host Farmer.

Paul says: “Now in its third year, Groundswell is growing bigger and better as more and more farmers see the opportunities available to them in reducing their costs at the same time as improving their soil. Groundswell offers a welcoming environment for two days of action-packed information exchange with some of the world’s most experienced “soil caretakers” – the farmers, scientists and the organisations who all have a role in shaping the future of UK farming. This year we have a renewed focus on UK soils and situations to really help British farmers learn and get the best from their land as we face an uncertain future.  It’s looking increasingly like Mr Gove’s anticipated ‘Green Brexit’ will reward farmers who focus on their farm’s soil and overall health, so for any farmer looking for ways to adapt to this scenario whilst maintaining viability as a food producer, Groundswell is the place to be.”

The Direct Drill Demonstrations are taking place on both days of Groundswell this year, illustrating seeding directly into standing cover crop with minimal soil disturbance. The following manufacturers will there:

Cousins of Emneth Ltd / Hutchinsons

Dale Drills

Sly Europe Ltd

Simtech Aitchison

Ryetec Industrial Equipment Limited

Sky Agriculture

Horsch UK Ltd

Duncan AG

P Tuckwell Ltd / John Deere

Weaving Machinery

Triton Seed Drills

Jordan Engineering

 

Alongside the drill manufacturers there are 60+ Exhibiting organisations representing their services and products aimed towards farmers with an interest in Conservation Agriculture.

The event location is: Lannock Manor Farm, Weston, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 7EE; it is within a mile of Junction 9 of the A1(M) in North Hertfordshire on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June 2018

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.