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Farm management and policy approaches to support the journey to net-zero

Minette Batters, NFU’s president, is invited to deliver the 2023 Annual Edit Mary Gayton lecture and present her views on the farm management and policy approaches that are needed to support the journey to net-zero farming without compromising food security and quality.

The NFU has set the ambitious goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole of agriculture in England and Wales by 2040. This NFU’s contribution to the UK’s ambition of net zero by 2050. Agriculture is uniquely placed to be part of the solution, as both an emissions source and a sink. The NFU’s assessment is that we can only deliver net zero if we act across a range of internationally recognised inventories.

There is no single answer to this problem. To achieve this goal a range of measures are needed that fall under three broad headings:

  • Improving farming’s productive efficiency;
  • Improving land management and changing land use to capture more carbon;
  • Boosting renewable energy and the wider bioeconomy

This is a hybrid event. The in person session will be held in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading. To book a place for the in-person event please email Teresa Hicks at t.m.hicks@reading.ac.uk.

To book a place on the virtual event, register via Eventbrite.

For joining us online please use the following link:

https://tinyurl.com/2wmnnx5s – The virtual room will be open at 18:55


7 March 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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School of Agriculture, Policy and Development