Farming Innovation Forum 2024

Monday 12 February 2024, 3:00pm to 5:00pm


LEC - LEC 3 A07/08 TR 1 - View Map

Open to

All Lancaster University (non-partner) students, Alumni, External Organisations


Free to attend - registration required

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Event Details

The Farming Innovation Forum aims to bring together researchers and businesses to look at solutions to the challenges of declining farming yields and climate instability.

Agriculture’s role in driving (and/or mitigating) climate change has recently been under the spotlight.

Against this backdrop, UK farmers produced significantly less (6-18% according to the crop) food in 2023, with lower acreages and yields of the major cereal crops, while an unseasonably wet summer weather delayed harvests.

Can researchers & businesses offer solutions to the challenges of declining yields and climate instability?

15:00 Welcome and Introduction, Prof Ian Dodd (Lancaster Environment Centre)

15:05 The challenges of integrating biostimulants into agriculture

Dr Rob Kempster, Lead Applications Scientist, Croda Europe Ltd

15:30 Advances in soil health monitoring; why use TUdi’s decision support tool for soil biology monitoring

Dr Csilla Hudek, Researcher, Lancaster Environment Centre


16:15 Improving soil health to mitigate nutrient losses from the agricultural sector: EU LIFE WADER


Dr Marta Cattin, Soil Health Specialist, Environment Agency

16:35 Nutragy: a low cost soil fertiliser

Dr Ben Herbert (Stopford Projects Ltd) & Dr Vasileios Giannakopoulos (Lancaster Environment Centre)

16:55 Closing remarks & departure

You’re welcome to attend this free event at the Lancaster Environment Centre, which showcases some of

the work that our researchers and affiliated businesses are doing. Please register (no charge) at:

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Contact Details

Name Prof Ian Dodd

Directions to LEC - LEC 3 A07/08 TR 1

Lancaster University's main campus at Bailrigg is on the A6 just south of the city of Lancaster. It is close to junction 33 of the M6 motorway, or a short bus ride from Lancaster railway station.