What’s in store for participants at the 2015 Annual Arable Conference?

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Plans are progressing well for the 2015 Agronomy and Business Management Conference for Arable Growers on Tuesday 13th January 2015 at Greenmount Campus, Antrim from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

This all day conference jointly organised by CAFRE, the Ulster Arable Society and the UFU will provide arable growers with an update on current agronomy and business management issues that relate to CAP Reform implementation.

The conference has an excellent line up of guest speakers, who will talk on a diverse range of topics. This will include practical papers delivered by arable farmers, research and technology focusing on soil management, grass weed control and the implications of forthcoming CAP reform. Ulster Farmers’ Union Seeds and Cereals Chairman Gerald Erwin said: “The conference programme has been designed to update and prepare arable growers for the challenges that lie ahead in relation to CAP Implementation and to highlight the options available to help adapt their businesses for the new era.

“Places are filling up fast for the event and I would encourage our members to attend. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions day and find out more about CAP reform.”

Conference programme is as follows:

8.00 - Tour of bio-bed facility and breakfast for UAS members

9.30 - Registration and Tea/Coffee

10.00 - Welcome/Introduction – Robert Moore (UAS Chair)

10.10 - Opening Speech – Guy Smith (Vice president NFU)

10.30 - CAP reform implementing the changes. Keith Johnston (DARD CMB)

10.55 - CAP reform –Meeting the challenge of greening. Andrew Herron (Co Down arable farmer)

11.25 - Update on AFBI research – Sinclair Mayne & Ethel White (AFBI)

11.50 - Discussion Session (Speaker Panel), facilitated by Robert Moore

12.15 - CAFRE bio-bed introduction

12.20 LUNCH & Optional Tour of Bio-bed facility

1.45 - Afternoon session introduction – Eric Long (CAFRE)

2.00 - Efficient Soil Phosphate Management – Mark Plunkett (Teagasc) & R Bolton (CAFRE)

2.40 - Considerations for Arable weed control – Stephen Moss (Rothamsted Research)

3.10 - A Farmers’ view on soil fertility and weed control - Gerald Potterton (arable farmer and IFJ columnist)

3.40 - Discussion and overall summary, Andy Doyle (Tillage Editor, IFJ)

4.15 - Conference close (Ivor Ferguson, UFU)

4.30 - Afternoon Tea/Coffee

To register for the conference please forward a cheque for £20 (cheques made payable to UAS) to Development Service Administration, CAFRE, Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS.

Four Basis points and three Nroso points are available for attending this event.