Day 1 – 4th
October – Field Visits
This year’s field visits will have a strong focus on research and science with farm visits to see the science in practice
The Allerton Project
The Allerton Project is a 320 hectare fully operational farm with 30 years’ experience in investigating the effects of different farming methods on wildlife and the environment.
From a practice-based perspective, this field visit will focus on biodiversity and the implementation of regenerative agricultural practices.
A farm tour will showcase a wide range of best practice examples for building farmland resilience, including more efficient water management, farm waste recycling and environmental habitat management.
The Allerton Project is a financially viable farm, successful in achieving high levels of production in parallel with high levels of biodiversity. Discussions will centre on the economics of regenerative agricultural practices.
Rothamsted is one of the oldest agricultural research institutes in the world. Through their long-term research experiments and specialisation in soil, biodiversity, regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices, Rothamsted has been highly influential and informative in shaping modern agriculture practice in the UK.
The Meadow experiment will be of interest to SAI Platform dairy members, as it focuses on pasture and forage. This experiment has been examining the long-term consequences of treating different pastures differently in terms of applying varying fertilisers and manures and how those effect the biodiversity and yield since the 1850s.
Broadbalk is the world’s longest running agricultural experiment: started in 1843 it has been examining wheat and barley and measures all the inputs and outputs to provide insights into long-term farming.
Rothamsted is also home to the large-scale rotation experiment (LSRE) that looks to measure the extent that rotation can reduce pests and diseases, how it can improve the soil and maintain yield of plants. The experiment considers the economic and ecological cost of farming as well as comparing soil carbon sequestration in the different systems. Other important variables that are examined over an extended period include changes in soil microbial diversity, plant nutrients, aggregate stability, such as erosion risk, and weed diversity.
Visitors will enjoy a virtual tour of the UK’s most measured dairy farm. Every aspect of the farm is measured down to the behaviour of the animals with the aim of making a more sustainable system for livestock.
This visit will include a tour of their various research labs to find out more about its soil archive and research including organic carbon and soil micro biodiversity.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided at each field visit venue.
A detailed itinerary for each field visit will be provided to participants closer to the event.
Please note that the programme of the SAI Platform Annual Event 2022 will be regularly updated.
SAI Platform Conference Agenda DRAFT
Theme: People Powered Agriculture
08:30 – 08:35: Welcome and outline of agenda
Speaker: Sasha Twining, Master of Ceremonies
08:35 – 08:45: Introduction to 20-years of SAI Platform and People Powered Agriculture
Speaker: Dionys Forster, Director General, SAI Platform
08:45 – 09:15: Keynote speech reflecting on SAI Platform’s journey and key achievements to date
Speaker: Hanneke Faver, President Food & Nutrition, Unilever
09:15 – 09:45: Insights from the field: SAI Platform is globally significant and locally relevant
We hear from farmers and partners across the various regions in which SAI Platform operates.
09:45 – 10:15: The challenges and opportunities facing both the current and next generation of farmers as we transition to a more sustainable food system
10:15 – 10.45: Coffee break
10:45 – 12:00: Debate on whether the impacts that current global crises are having on agriculture and supply chains will accelerate or slow down the drive towards sustainable agriculture?
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch Break
13:00 – 13:15: Introduction to SAI Platform’s Regenerative Agriculture Programme
13:15 – 15:00: Breakout sessions to discuss regenerative agriculture through the lenses of climate, nature and livelihoods
15:00 – 15:15: Coffee break
15:15 – 15:45: Examples of regenerative agriculture in practice
15:45 – 16:45: Panel Discussion: The importance and evolution of strategic partnerships across industry, farmers, finance and legislators as we transition to regenerative agriculture
- How can we de-risk regenerative agriculture?
- How can we account and report on carbon reduction and sequestration?
- How will the value be distributed along the supply chain?
16:45 – 17:15: Looking ahead at SAI Platform’s role, as an industry led collaborative initiative, in advancing the transformation towards a more resilient, thriving and sustainable agricultural sector
Speaker: Rob Myers, VP Sustainable Agriculture, Global Sustainability, PepsiCo
17:15 – 17:30: Closing and summary of key takeaways
Speaker: Sasha Twining
Agenda to follow in due course