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Climate Change and Farming on the Blackdown Hills
12th November 2019

Monks Yard, Horton, Ilminster, 9.30 to 4pm.  Lunch provided.

This FREE one-day conference will provide essential learning for all farmers and other landowners in the Blackdown Hills area.  It will:

  • Bring the subject of climate change down to a local, practical level, focusing on its impacts and consequences for the farming community of the Blackdown Hills.  
  • Get beyond the headline facts, to help land managers and other local residents focus on the implications for them, and the urgency to begin to address those implications.
  • Focus particularly on sustainable grass-fed livestock rearing and get beyond the public headlines about climate and meat consumption.

What are the facts, and what are the impacts likely to be on agricultural land and resources in our immediate locality, in terms of soils, water, food production and wildlife?

What should landowners be doing to mitigate against the effects of climate change on their land and the wider landscape?

What role can individual farm holdings play in mitigating the causes of climate change?

How do we work together, and face this challenge collectively?

KEY SPEAKERS:

  • Keynote speaker: Prof. Richard Betts, Head of Climate Impacts Strategy at the Met Office, and one of the Lead Authors for the IPCC's 4th Assessment Report
  • Mhari Barnes, National Flood Risk Advisor, NFU
  • Richard Smith, Soils expert at the Environment Agency
  • Jerry Alford, Soil Association and livestock expert
  • Janet Cotter, Chair, Moor Trees (Dartmoor)

To book places, email: gavinsaunders@btinternet.com or phone 07760 665378

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