IFM Conference 2017

IFM conference 2017 drew on the research and demonstration activities of the LEAF Network to assess the current role technology plays in Integrated Farm Management, and looked ahead to what new technology will offer IFM in the future. The precision, accuracy and marginal gains offered by many new techniques and promised by upcoming research, will be critical when continually evaluating and improving IFM as a whole farm level approach. Researchers from our Innovation Centers highlighted some of the latest advances in technology and LEAF Demonstration Farmers set out how this technology translates at a practical farming level.


Euan Caldwell, Head of Farms, James Hutton Institute

Dr Laura Cardenas, Senior Research Scientist, Rothamsted Research North Wyke

Caroline Drummond, LEAF Chief Executive

Andrew Ferguson, Farming Manager, Leckford Estate

Andrew Francis, Senior Farms Manager, Elveden Estate

Paul Hayward, Cold Harbour Farm

Alice Johnston, Applications and Stewardship Coordinator, Bayer CropScience UK

Dr Alastair Leake, Head of Project, The Allerton Project

Prof. Mark Rutter, Professor of Applied Animal Behaviour, Harper Adams University

Dr Prysor Williams, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management, Bangor University




  1. The LEAF Network by Alice Midmer, IFM Manager, LEAF [PDF, 5.8 MB]
  2. The use of technology for environmental monitoring by Dr Alastair Leake, Head of Project, The Allerton Project [PDF, 6.4 MB]
  3. Future opportunities for precision grazing management by Professor Mark Rutter Harper Adams University, [PDF, 8.2 MB]
  4. Future Proofing IFM at Cold Harbour Farm by Paul Hayward, Cold Harbour Farm [PDF, 7.2 MB]
  5. Progression in Practice, Andrew Francis, Senior Farms Manager, Elveden Farms Ltd [PDF, 8.4 MB]
  6. easyFlowM Closed Transfer System by Alice Johnston, Applications and Stewardship Coordinator, Bayer CropScience UK [PDF, 5.2MB]
  7. Progression in Practice, Andrew Ferguson, Farm Manager, Leckford Estate [PDF, 6.1 MB]
  8. Impacts of soil/grazing management on GHG emissions by Dr Laura Cardenas Senior Research Scientist, Rothamsted Research North Wyke, [PDF, 3.6 MB]
  9. Euan Caldwell, Head of Farms, James Hutton Institute, [PDF, 4.4 MB]
  10. Dr Prysor Williams, Senior Environmental Lecturer, Bangor University, [PDF, 4.9 MB]