For The No-Till Show - Thursday 30th June 2016
Speaker biographies, in no particular order:
Dr Jill Clapperton (USA)
Jill Clapperton (PhD) is the Principal Scientist and Co-founder of Rhizoterra Inc. She is a well-known researcher, international lecturer and advocate for practices that promote soil health. In 2013, she was the Syngenta No Till Innovator for Research and Education, other awards include the Environment Canada Patricia Roberts-Pichette Award for enthusiastic leadership and commitment to furthering ecological monitoring and assessment in Canada. Her company Rhizoterra, believes that healthy soil grows healthy food, and that makes healthy people (livestock, too). Their research farm in eastern Washington is a proving ground for new dryland crops, rotations, technology, and products that help create healthy productive soils. They are also developing new technology to help farmers make real time decisions about soil fertility, plant nutrition, and soil microbial activity. Rhizoterra wants agricultural businesses and consumers to make informed decisions about food based on science. For more information see www.rhizoterra.com
Steve Townsend (UK)
Has been advising farmers for 16 years on minimum tillage and no-till systems in the UK, Ireland and Europe. He started a Conservation Agriculture share farming partnership on 250 acres last year with a local no-till farmer Toby Baxter
Steve can quite rightly claim to have led the movement away from plough based systems in the UK, firstly working with Simba on Min-till, but more recently working with farmers to develop cover crops and their effect in zero-tillage systems.
Tom Chapman (UK)
Tom currently manages a herd of 135 native-breed suckler cows (Sussex and Hereford) under a mob-grazing regime in Hertfordshire. He introduced this system of grazing in 2009 and completed a Nuffield Farming Scholarship on the subject in 2011.
His goals for the herd are to extend the grazing season to reduce the winter feeding period, as far as is possible on heavy clay. This allows him to minimise the use of purchased inputs including fertiliser and fossil fuel, and ultimately to produce 100% forage-fed beef.
Tom also wants to share his experience and knowledge with arable farmers, helping them to improve their soils through the use of mob-grazed cattle.
Mike Donovan (UK)
Mike Donovan started Practical Farm Ideas magazine in 1992, when he was dairy/beef farming. He sees the real need to share cost cutting ideas; his farming was based on low costs but better then average outputs. Farmers who rely on subsidies for their income are putting themselves in the hands of politicians, and Practical Farm Ideas gives readers many ways of reducing their reliance on CAP payments.
Tony Reynolds (UK)
Tony Reynolds adopted no-till farming in south Lincolnshire when in 2003, the police stopped him from ploughing his field as the dust cloud produced by his degraded soils was causing a danger to traffic on the nearby road. He is a no-till veteran in the UK and will be sharing his experiences of increasing yields through conservation agriculture on different soil types. He will also be providing an insight into how he has almost eliminated Black grass from his farm.
Jamie Stotzka (UK)
Jamie has recently completed a BSc in Commercial Horticulture with a dissertation in the effects of fungicides on mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) populations. Joining PlantWorks from East Malling Research (EMR) in 2014, Jamie now heads up R&D activities and has become well versed in the use, benefits and application of AMF and Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) into Agriculture and Horticulture, a growing knowledge that Jamie enjoys sharing with Growers and Farmers who have a particular interest in adopting more biologically active production systems and no-till cultivation methods.
Amir Kassam (UK)
Amir Kassam is the Moderator of the Global Platform for No-Till Conservation Agriculture Community of Practice (CA-CoP) hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. He is the Chairman of the International Conservation Agriculture Advisory Panel for Africa (ICAAP-Africa) of the African Conservation Tillage (ACT) Network. Amir is Visiting Professor in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, UK. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours List in 2005 for services to tropical agriculture and to rural development.
Amir’s work is focused on globalizing the development of No-Till Conservation Agriculture systems for sustainable agriculture intensification and land management. During his career, Amir has worked with a number of national and international agricultural development and research institutions, including several CGIAR centers, UN agencies and NGOs. His former positions include: Deputy Director General of WARDA (the Africa Rice Centre); Interim Executive Secretary of the CGIAR Science Council; Chairman of: the Aga Khan Foundation (UK); Chairman of Focus Humanitarian Assistance Europe Foundation; and Chairman of Tropical Agriculture Association, UK.
Dr Jackie Stroud (UK)
Jackie is a soil scientist who has just been awarded a NERC Soil Security Fellowship with her project ‘Ploughing on regardless?’, focussed on earthworm management in agriculture. She has published over 30 scientific articles and worked with farmers in both the UK and Australia. She is establishing tillage experiments at Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) to understand the impacts and enhance the benefits of alternative cultivation methods in UK agroclimate conditions. Jackie will be sharing her knowledge of managing earthworm populations (Instagram: @wormhunters2015) and will provide you with an opportunity to have your say on which areas of agricultural scientific research that would have the biggest impact on/enhance your management practices.
Ian Pigott (Hertfordshire, UK)
Ian Pigott has been awarded the Farmers Weekly, Farming Champion of the Year award, he has received the coveted Countryside Alliance Rural Hero award for founding Farm Sunday and the Bullock Award for his ongoing commitment to reconnecting children with food and farming.
The Pigott family have been farming in the Harpenden area since the fifteenth century. They grow wheat for biscuits and breadmaking, malting barley for the whisky market, linseed and field beans for animal feeds and oilseed rape for vegetable oil.
Annables Farm at Kinsbourne Green is a Leaf Demonstration farm, The farm is entered in the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme focussing on integrated farming, using precision farming techniques, habitat creation and archeological preservation.
Sarah Singla (France)
Sarah Singla is an arable farmer in the South of France. She grows canola, wheat, alfalfa, triticale for seeds, peas and many other crops used as cover crops.
Vice Chairman of France Nuffield, she is also involved in several agricultural organisations in France. She helps farmers adopt sustainable ways of farming and has been promoting conservation agriculture principles and no-till systems in France and abroad.
As a Nuffield Scholar in 2011, she went to the USA, Brazil and England to study ways to improve the efficiency on arable no-till farms.
Jeff Claydon (UK)
The Claydon family have been farming the heavy clay lands of Suffolk since the early 1900s. Jeff and Frank Claydon are the third generation to be farming the land. They are better known for producing a range of cultivation tools and a direct drill.
Jeff will be talking about his own experiences with zero-tillage
Charles Dowding (UK)
Charles Dowding has spent 35 years learning and developing a no dig method of commercial organic vegetable growing, with little weeding needed. Currently his quarter acre of intensively cropped beds yield over a tonne of salad leaves every year, and vegetables for weekly boxes.
Since 2006 he has written seven books and produced many videos on caring for soil and growing vegetables. 'I share this passion and knowledge through international talks, courses and regular magazine articles, earning the Garden Media Guilds award ‘Practical Journalist of the Year, 2014’.'
George "Bud" Davies (USA)
George “Bud” Davis, retired Kansas State Conservsation Agronomist for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has 40 years of experience in natural resource management systems. In 2008 he received the No-Till Farmer’s Research and Education Innovator’s Award and No-till on the Plains awarded him in 2016 for “Innovative Contributions to Education and Promotion of No-till Agriculture Systems Worldwide”.
Tom Prior (UK)
After graduating with honours from the University of Leeds, Tom studied nematode taxonomy at Fera, CABI Bioscience, the Royal Belgian Natural History Museum and Rothamsted Research. He joined the Nematology team at Fera in 2000 and is currently responsible for the identification of plant-parasitic nematodes intercepted by the PHSI for Defra and for the UK's largest plant clinic, providing advice on nematode biology, pathogenicity and effective crop management to a wide range of commercial growers and overseas governments. Tom has led international projects and training courses, and provided training in nematode detection and identification as part of European Twinning initiatives. Tom is currently the UK representative on the EPPO Panel for Diagnostics in Nematology, the EPPO working group for Meloidogyne mali and a member of the IPPC working groups for X. americanum s. l. and Anguina.
Mike Harrington (UK)
Mike has been advising farmers for over 30 years. He initially trained as a chemical specialist, however soon realised that the problems with chemical fertilisers and the increasing resistance to herbicides, fungicides and insecticides would not be solved with current methods. 11 years ago he founded the company Edaphos, an agronomy firm dedicated to improving soil and soil biology, to
harness its full potential and create a well-balanced system. His work has taken him to many countries including the US, China and Italy from which he has taken valuable knowledge of different farming methods.
More people are moving towards a no-till system, and each farm will have its own starting point and its own problems to face. Mike will be discussing the potential limitations and how we can recognise and manage them to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Martin Lole, Mzuri (UK)
The owner of Springfield Farms in Worcestershire, Martin Lole is also the pioneer of the innovative Mzuri single pass strip-till system.
As well as sharing his experience before and after introducing strip tillage on his 178-hectare arable farm, Martin would like to delve into the reasons behind the success of the Mzuri system and introduce a whole new concept of direct drilling which is being launched and demonstrated on Mzuri’s stand at the show.
Frollein Brehm (Germany)
Frollein Brehm’s Life of Animals heralds a new age of awareness by disclosing scientifically sound observances of modern field research and very personal encounters with wild animals like
Modern methods of field research are central in her portrayals of animals. The plays are being constantly updated as results of field research pour in. Get closer to science than you have ever been before.
Earth samples in all their glory, plants, roots, tastings of exquisite humic soil, come just as naturally to Frollein’s presentation as the
sampling of scents, vocal utterances of free living animals and more.