IFM Conference 2017: guest blog by LEAF

LEAF (Linked Environment and Farming) will be hosting a free one-day conference in May on the role of technology in developing the current and future potential of Integrated Farm Management (IFM).

Drawing on the research and demonstration activities of the LEAF Network to assess the current role technology plays in IFM, the conference will also look ahead to what new technology will offer IFM in the future.


With new techniques and research offering increased precision, accuracy and marginal gains, it is vital that IFM can be evaluated as a whole farm level approach. At the conference a number of researchers from LEAF Innovation Centers and LEAF Demonstration Farmers will explain just how this exciting technology works at a practical farming level.

The speakers at the conference, listed below, will share insight on developing trends and how IFM can be harnessed to meet current sustainability challenges.

  • Andrew Francis, Senior Farms Manager, Elveden Estate
  • Dr Alastair Leake, Head of Project, The Allerton Project
  • Prof. Mark Rutter, Professor of Applied Animal Behaviour, Harper Adams University
  • Paul Hayward, Cold Harbour Farm
  • Euan Caldwell, Head of Farms, James Hutton Institute
  • Dr Prysor Williams, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management, Bangor University
  • Alice Johnston, Applications and Stewardship Coordinator, Bayer CropScience UK

Book your place – BASIS points available!

  • When: 9.30am to 4.30pm, Thursday 25th May 2017.
  • Where: Fera Science Ltd (Fera), National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: events@leafuk.org to register your place.


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