0RFC 2017

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DAY 1: WEDNESDAY 5TH JANUARY 2017

MAIN HALL

Opening Plenary with Olivier De Schutter (video)

Changing the productionist narrative

The power of storytelling: how our stories will win hearts, minds and the countryside

Public money for public good: valuing farm subsidies from different perspectives

What goes in and what comes out: resource efficiency, productivity and environmental sustainability of organic and low-input farming

ASSEMBLY ROOM

Low stress handling of animals

Livestock in the arable rotation

Organic matter on the balance sheet

Land beyond the plough

Increasing access to information on land

OLD LIBRARY

Small Farmers in the Twenty-First Century: A snap shot of productivity, viability and multi-functional benefits

Resilient food systems and climate change: the UK’s international role

Report back from Nyeleni European Food Sovereignty Forum

The European Food Sovereignty Movement

A place at the table: democratic food governance and grassroots policy making

Launching Landbase

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Min-till without glyphosate

A community farm for every community

Agrivillages – new sustainable land-based communities – the first steps

Real farm trials: low cost, practical research to help your farming business

Agroforestry: making it happen

Launching LandBase! – The new centre for land based skills, and Update from the European Agroe-cology Learning and Training Network (EALTN)

LONG ROOM 

Prescriptions for progress: how farms can help save our antibiotics

Building the case for farming futures: food and economic resilience

Feed me the truth with GM Freeze

Open pollinated seed: anti-quated relic of a past agrarian age or the vital ingredient for a sustainable farming future?

Access to land and Community Supported Agriculture

ST. ALDATES ROOM

The Absolute Importance of Micro-dairies: a workshop

Rewilding in Britain: restoring our life support systems

A farmer’s perspective on improving livestock health using a homeopathic approach

Increasing plant health through re-production of beneficial microbes – Biofertilisers and soil amendments for healthy living systems

 

DAY 2: THURSDAY 5TH JANUARY 2017

 

MAIN HALL

Is organic really healthier?

Farming fit for the future

The importance of being radical

Using social and ecological systems theory to build resilient local food systems

Closing plenary

ASSEMBLY ROOM 

Nurturing nature within farming

Real food from real farmers

Companion cropping

Changing diets – improving the nation’s pulse rate

OLD LIBRARY 

Do you dig it?

Farming outside the CAP – perspectives on British farming after Brexit

Hear from fellow farmers: tech and tools for a resilient farm

The Breadline – exploring the politics of Food Pricing

COUNCIL CHAMBER

130 years old and splendid: crofting‘s contributions to new generations of farmers

Heritage cereals: historic crops for a more sustainable future

How low can you go? Can a neonic ban prompt innovation in reducing insecticide use?

The latest on synthetic biology, the new genetic engineering breeding techniques, and gene drives

Using agroecology to enhance arable production: sharing knowledge from organic research and practice in the OKNetArable project

LONG ROOM 

Building resilience: ad-dressing challenges in the food and farming system?

Scaling up permaculture to farm scale

The future of livestock farming post Brexit

Roundtable and workshop on next steps in a creating a People’s Food Policy

Farming and metaphysics

ST ALDATES ROOM 

Land for what and land for who

Understanding fats

Agroecology: how do we measure its social impact?

Needing funds? Tired of having grant applications turned down? Could social investment be right for you?