LEAF IFM Field Event 2019 — The eco­nom­ics of more sus­tain­able farm­ing – the costs, the gains and the glory

Farm busi­ness­es are fac­ing dra­mat­ic shake-ups in future sup­port mech­a­nisms as well as chang­ing pub­lic expec­ta­tions about how land should be used and man­aged. This unpre­dictable and incen­tive dri­ven cli­mate, will require smart busi­ness strate­gies that offer greater resilience, con­sis­ten­cy and cost benefits.

LEAF’s flagship IFM event looked at the big challenges facing sustainable agriculture. Bringing together farmers, innovators and industry experts, discussing important questions around:

Short term gains vs long term change – building benefits in the short term through better monitoring, measuring and management. Taking the long view – what are the priorities on the horizon that farmers need to be ready for?

AgTech: Does the AgTech revolution and cross sector collaborations offer a win-win for farmers? Are claims being overstated or is technology a game changer for more sustainable and productive farming?

Climate smart agriculture: What are the emerging climate resilient strategies and what they really mean for the farmer on the ground?

Policy to implementation: A look at UK government policy and how Integrated Farm Management is feeding into key national and global sustainability objectives.

Hosted at LEAF Demonstration Farm, Cambs Farms Growers Ltd, this event showcased the latest research and innovation around environmentally and economically transformative practices. Field tours enabled attendees to see new trends and best practice in action, talk to industry experts and crucially, gain new ideas and inspiration about what is practical and achievable for their own business.