The first PulsePEP workshop aimed at supporting farmers with their on-farm trials has been organised by British on-Farm Innovation Network (BOFIN) and ADAS, the independent agricultural and environmental consultancy.
Eligible farmers will be able to gain free guidance on establishing their carbon baseline at the Pulses of Brilliance workshop, taking place at the PGRO Station near Peterborough on September 11, 2023.
The aim is to develop ideas that farmers can take forward in the first year of on-farm trials. These ‘Pulse Pioneers’ will then be paid to work with scientists to co-design crop and feeding trials to carry out on their farms. They will explore ways and means for soils to thrive, crop yields to build and livestock productivity to flourish, through better agronomy, use and marketing of home-grown pulses.
The workshop will also be attended by some of the project partners to encourage discussions and put into practice new research to address both the arable and livestock priorities of this project, with speakers Dr Tom Wilkinson from ADAS and John McArthur from McArthur Agriculture.
Attendees at the BOFIN event will get the opportunity to receive free training from Farm Carbon Toolkit to establish their farm carbon baseline. This is crucial as the first stage requires farmers to have established their business’ carbon footprint. The GHG emissions from these farms will then be tracked throughout the project and will form a fundamental part of the dataset.
The event has been organised as part of ‘Nitrogen Efficient Plants for Climate Smart Arable Cropping Systems’ (NCS), a four-year Defra-funded research project involving 200 UK farms and 17 industry partners. Tickets are available only to farmer members of Pulse PEP and can be secured here free of charge.