In late November, CCRI researchers Julie Ingram and Jane Mills will be hosting a farmer event at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, one of the finest prime stock shows in Europe. The event will take place at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells on 28th and 29th November and offer a range of festive celebrations for visitors as well as the regular shows, classes and competitions.
Julie and Jane’s event will take place in the ‘Lantra room’ from 13:15-14:14 on November 28th and is part of a research project looking at the feasibility of growing perennial biomass crops like SRC Willow and Miscanthus and the potential to help with farm business diversification, Greenhouse Gas Removal and other environmental benefits (biodiversity, carbon storage, flood mitigation).
The event will offer farmers the chance to talk to a panel of experts who understand the science, agronomy, markets and policy for these crops, as well as the practical day to day aspects of growing them.
Regarding the event, Julie Ingram said, “given the many uncertainties that lie ahead for farmers, net zero targets and debates about the competing use of land, we think this will be of interest to a number of attendees. If you’re coming to the Winter Fair look out for us at our stand or come on the event on Monday and enjoy some mince pies and mulled wine!”
Further information regarding the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, including full details of what is on and ticket purchases can be obtained from the event website.
The project associated with the event is called ‘Perennial Biomass Crops 4 Greenhouse Gas Removal‘. It has been funded by BBSRC and led by Aberystwyth University.