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Arable Scotland – Final Programme Confirmed

26 June 2020

Arable Scotland, Scotland’s newest field event focussing on arable crops, is moving to a virtual format this year.

The new format will feature a suite of webinars, videos, articles and online resources. Visit the Arable Scotland website for more details. In another new development, the event will run on The Farming Format to make it even more accessible to attendees.  To attend Arable Scotland 2020 please visit use this weblink  on Thursday 2nd July to access the following content and live interactive sessions:

10:00 am: Arable Scotland Introductory videos from participants goes live on The Farming Forum Website.
Videos highlighting what is new and key actions on alternative crops, sustainable future production systems and featuring input from SEFARI, Hutton, SRUC, AHDB and the Farm Advisory Service.
1:00 pm: Webinar for New Entrants
Annie McKee from the James Hutton Institute, drawing on input from the NEFERTITI Scottish Hub will host a webinar discussion on ‘New People, New Pathways – Routes into Arable Production and Alternative Crops. This webinar aims to share lessons from those who have established innovative and alternative arable enterprises with aspiring new entrants to arable production in Scotland, and beyond.
3.00 pm Virtual tour goes live on The Farming Forum Website
A virtual tour of alternative crop trials, demonstration plots and research farms featuring SEFARI partners and giving a taste of what might have been seen at Arable Scotland if it had been possible to hold as a field event.
5:00 pm: Live stream Q & A – Meeting the challenges of net-zero
A panel with a range of view on how we can meet the challenges of meeting net-zero targets will debate the key measures that can be taken and discuss the questions posed by participants.
6:30 pm: Live stream Q & A – Alternative markets and new product opportunities 
Key economists and food experts will discuss the major new opportunities for the arable sector and the challenges in current markets, and discuss popular questions posed by participants.
8:00 pm: Live stream Plant Health Q & A – hear about the issues around best practice in UK and NZ
With contrasting New Zealand and UK experiences on new products, pesticides and sustainable practices. The similarities and contrasts in Scottish and New Zealand crop health issues will make an interesting panel discussion between Scottish experts with input from the NZ Foundation for Arable Research (FAR).

The core event partners are the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the James Hutton Institute.
The other key team members and sponsors are Hutchinsons, the Farm Advisory Service (FAS), the Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes (SEFARI) and the Scottish Society for Crops Research (SSCR).

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