Organic matter on the balance sheet

Chair: Rob Macklin (National Trust) Speakers: Chris Jones (organic mob grazing farm), Stephen Briggs (Abacus Agriculture Consultants)

Few of us need reminding of the importance of organic matter in the soil and its vital role in building soil structure, feeding the life of the soil, holding water, influencing plant health and playing a vital role in carbon flow. However, soil organic matter has been much neglected over recent decades. For farmers to make the shift from a dependence upon chemicals to positively building soil carbon, sentiment is not enough. Evidence is needed that is reflected both in the field and on the balance sheet. In this session farmers will tell their stories of building soil organic matter and the tangible benefits to the farm and the balance sheet