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IFM Conference 2017:

Technology and Progression in IFM

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A one-day conference exploring the role of technology in developing the current and future potential of Integrated Farm Management

Held on: 9.30am to 4.30pm, Thursday 25th May 2017
Where: Fera Science Ltd (Fera), National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ

Full programme here [PDF]

This year’s IFM conference drew on the research and demonstration activities of the LEAF Network to assess the current role technology plays in Integrated Farm Management, and looked ahead to what new technology will offer IFM in the future. The precision, accuracy and marginal gains offered by many new techniques and promised by upcoming research, will be critical when continually evaluating and improving IFM as a whole farm level approach. Researchers from our Innovation Centers highlighted some of the latest advances in technology and LEAF Demonstration Farmers set out how this technology translates at a practical farming level.



Attendees were given an overview of current priorities and developing trends around IFM research and gained a better understanding of how this is shaping the future potential of IFM to address current sustainability challenges.

Speakers included the following from LEAF Demonstration Farms and LEAF Innovation Centres:

  • Euan Caldwell, Head of Farms, James Hutton Institute
  • Dr Laura Cardenas, Senior Research Scientist, Rothamsted Research North Wyke
  • Caroline Drummond, LEAF Chief Executive
  • Andrew Ferguson, Farming Manager, Leckford Estate
  • Andrew Francis, Senior Farms Manager, Elveden Estate
  • Paul Hayward, Cold Harbour Farm
  • Alice Johnston, Applications and Stewardship Coordinator, Bayer CropScience UK
  • Dr Alastair Leake, Head of Project, The Allerton Project
  • Prof. Mark Rutter, Professor of Applied Animal Behaviour, Harper Adams University
  • Dr Prysor Williams, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management, Bangor University

The conference qualified for BASIS points.

The LEAF IFM Conference was kindly supported by: