Michelmores to host Bristol Sustainable Agriculture Conference: 'Innovating Change'

On Wednesday 4 December 2019, Michelmores' Agriculture team will host its first conference dedicated to sustainable agriculture and its relevance in tackling the many opportunities and challenges the farming industry is facing.

The conference will highlight the businesses and technologies that are advancing sustainable practices in agriculture – as well as considering key emerging concepts and policies that are set to shape the farming industry of the future.

Speakers on the day include:

Peter Greig, Pipers Farm: Pipers Farm is a 50-acre, all grass, family farm, located just north of Exeter in an area of rolling hills and nutrient-rich red soil. They farm ethically and sustainably, their animals are free range and breeds are suited to the Devon landscape. The Pipers Farm family embraces 25 family farms which follow the same farming ethos.

Charlie Guy, LettUs Grow: LettUs Grow was founded in 2015 to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing the world today: CO2 emissions, waste, ecosystem collapse and food security. Their novel technology represents a step-change for indoor farms. LettUs Grow design modular, aeroponic irrigation and intelligent control technology to improve the efficiency, sustainability and return on investment of indoor farming.

Ben Scott-Robinson, Small Robot Company: The Small Robot Company is revolutionising farming with an easy, low-cost, leasing service of autonomous, precision agri-robotics for a healthier, more efficient and sustainable future. With over 15 years of academic research in agri-robotics and 20 years of service design experience, their goal is to help farmers to continue to feed our populations in a sustainable and smart way.

Paul Wright, Multibox: Multibox offers an innovative solution for food waste as a UK company seeking to produce insects on a commercial scale for the animal feed, fertiliser, and medical industries. Founder Paul Wright has previously worked at The Boeing Company & the NHS. He is a subject-matter expert in sourcing waste, Lean+ solutions and a big advocate for sustainable and renewable technologies.

Professor Stuart Reynolds FLS FRES, Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Bath: Professor Reynolds is an entomologist specialising in the physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, development and evolution of insects. He has particular expertise in insecticide toxicology and insect diseases. Professor Reynolds has also served on the UK Parliament All-Party Commission on Biodiversity and as President of the Royal Entomological Society.

Chris Lyons, Innovate UK and Enterprise Europe Network: Chris Lyons is lead advisor in Environmental and Agri Tech for the Enterprise Europe Network across the South West. Chris connects innovators with manufacturers, academics, distributors, co-developers and suppliers across Europe and beyond through an international network of over 4,000 network advisors in 66 countries.

Ben Sharples, Michelmores: Ben is a Partner in Michelmores' Agriculture team and leads the Sustainable Agriculture practice. Ben is also a Chartered Surveyor and is working with clients on sustainability issues including the valuation of natural capital and the opportunities arising from collaborative schemes.

Rachel O'Connor, Michelmores: Rachel is a Senior Associate in the Agriculture team at Michelmores with a particular focus on sustainable agriculture.  Rachel is an expert in the law applicable to the use of insect protein in both animal feed and for human consumption.

In addition to the speakers above, the event will include a series of workshops and panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Natural Capital: Value and opportunities
  • Estate Focus: Opportunities in sustainable agriculture'
  • Funding and Investment: Building a strong foundation'
  • The business lifecycle of sustainable agriculture'.

Rachel O'Connor, Senior Associate in Michelmores' Agriculture team commented: "Agriculture is a key pillar of the UK economy – an industry which has historically turned challenges into opportunities. This conference will consider the cutting edge developments taking place, as well those policies which are set to shape the future of farming and allow the many businesses connected to it to achieve sustainable growth."

The conference will start at 09:30, closing at 16:30. The event is free to attend and open to all. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

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