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Can UK agriculture really achieve net zero?

On Wednesday 11th November, the South of England Agricultural Society hosted its annual Farming Conference.

Taking place online for the first time, the conference brought together over 200 farmers, landowners, agriculturalists, and industry representatives from across the south of England. The topic of conversation centred around whether the UK really can achieve net zero in the agriculture industry by 2040.

Chaired by BBC presenter Charlotte Smith, panel guests included Minette Batters – President of the NFU, Tim May – Managing Director of Kingsclere Estates, Doug Wanstall – Farmer and Nuffield Scholar, and Hugh Martineau – Head of Sustainability at Map of Ag. After each panel representative had delivered their presentations, the over-riding message was clear – the industry can achieve net zero by 2040, but it will require farmers to adopt new practices, and government support that incentivises the right behaviours.

See the whole conference here,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=armXxFGhppg

See the Q and A here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU6H24Ii798

More information on the conference https://www.seas.org.uk/farming-rural-industry/farming-conference/