A big thank you to everyone who attended our summer iFarm events this year. We’ve also had stands at, and supported, a huge range of local shows and ploughing matches (a selection of pictures below). We were running a forage crop identification competition at our summer events and shows. The shows winner will be announced shortly, but the winner of the competition at our iFarm events was Mark Watkins (agronomist James Oliver), who has won 10 acres worth of Master Leys grass seed. Our congratulations go to Mark and all of the runners up! Journal Agrii Autumn 2017 Regional update 02 Summer events round-up Three Counties Farming Conference Tama competition winner News round-up from around the region Agrii Autumn/Winter iFarm events programme You can find the full list of our upcoming autumn and winter iFarm events in the diary dates section on the back page of this journal A grii will once again be sponsoring the Three Counties Farming Conference this autumn. This year’s event is on 16th November, at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern. The evening conference will be chaired by farmer and BBC Countryfile Presenter Adam Henson, and will discuss Survival in a Post Subsidy Britain. Joining the debate will be Mike Petersen, New Zealand Government Agricultural Envoy, Rt Hon Owen Paterson, Former Environment Secretary, CLA President Elect Tim Breitmeyer, and NFU President Meurig Raymond. The Conference will also host Nuffield Scholar presentations, and afternoon seminar sessions run by the event sponsors. More information at www. farmingconference.co.uk. This year’s Agricultural Entrepreneur of the Year Award will also be launched at the Conference. C ongratulations to Stephen Price who won the competition that we ran earlier this year as part of our livestock campaign, in conjunction with Tama, to win three rolls of Bluebell netwrap. A grii is pleased to be supporting this year’s annual Soil and Water Conferences. This year’s events will be held on consecutive days at Harper Adams (5th Dec), Agrii’s Throws Farm (6th Dec) and Askham Bryan College (7th Dec). Topics will include: + Bio/eco systems: earthworms – nature’s plough + What amendments work? Not all bullsh*t is good for your soil! + Drainage advances: ‘drain the problem, not the field’ (including a range of local case studies) + Strip till/cover cropping: less is more – let nature do some of the work (including a range of local case studies) + HAU Tillage and Traffic Projects – UK and Zambia – less traffic reduces tillage and increases yields More information on www.agrii.co.uk or www.smartagriplatform.wildapricot.org/ Soil&Water2017-information or call Andrew Richards on 07831 160642. A grii is pleased to have been one of the sponsors of this year’s Silver Lapwing Awards, run by FWAG. This year’s event on 12th September was hosted by last year’s winners, Agrii customers Richard and Helen Roderick of Newton Farm, Brecon. To win this prestigious and longstanding award, a farm has to demonstrate a real commitment to species and habitat conservation and be able to show how they integrate their environmental management within their overall farm business. Understanding and conserving historic aspects of the farm is also important, and in addition consideration is given to the farm’s approach to conserving natural resources. This year the judges travelled the length of the country to meet and judge the seven finalists, and at the event on 12th September, Edward Flatt, who farms at Eastwood Farm near Lowestoft was crowned the 40th winner of the Silver Lapwing award. Edward farms around 360 acres on soils varying from light to very thin, on which he grows a rotation of spring beans, winter barley, spring barley and sugar beet. He describes himself as a spring crop specialist. Production is limited by soil type, so Edward has embraced conservation wholeheartedly. He has prolific low input barley, followed by overwintered stubble and a host of 12m cultivated headlands producing a huge range of rare arable plants. Three generations of the Watkins family in front of their crop of Fieldstar maize: Prize winner Mark Watkins shown centre, holding son Jasper. Father Richard (left) and brother Andrew (right). Silver Lapwing award Soil & Water 2017 Agrii Fertiliser Manager Alistair King running the Forage Identification Competition at the Ludlow iFarm event. Our first time at the Pembrokeshire Show (left) and Isle of Wight Ploughing Match (right) Stephen Price (left) being presented with his prize by Mark Helps from Tama.