BGS 11th Research Conference - Science and Practice for Grass-Based Systems

BGS 11th Research Conference - Science and Practice for Grass-Based Systems

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

As the UK Government announces a £160m strategy to boost farming technology - a move that it claims will turn the UK into a world leader in agricultural science.  The British Grassland Society is leading the way in developing and promoting early stage research in the grassland sector by running a Research Conference at SRUC Crichton Campus, Dumfries on the 2nd and 3rd September 2013.

 ‘BGS Past President and Project Manager, Dr George Fisher has attended previous BGS R&D conference series and commented, “The conference represents a unique and very useful opportunity for young researchers to present their work to a knowledgeable and constructively critical audience that includes farmers researchers and agri-business’ .  Many fruitful careers have started at the conference, which also presents an excellent opportunity for agri-businesses to come and see the bright young grassland stars of the future for when they have technical posts to fill

This year sessions include papers on ‘Climate change and Environment’, ‘Soil Management and Plant Nutrients’, and ‘Grassland based production systems’. The conference will also be hosting workshops on: - writing for scientific journals, working in the field assessments and measurements and communicating research by using social media. There will also be a discussion panel of farmers and researchers, who will thrash out with one another what should be the future direction of agricultural research, both in the UK and globally.

This conference comes at a critical time as the ’DEFRA minister for science Lord De Mauley recently said: "We face a global challenge to feed the rapidly increasing population in a way that is affordable and sustainable”. He continued "We are investing in technologies that will enable British farmers to meet these challenges and take advantage of the growing demand in export markets for British food."

The British Grassland Society is providing a timely strategic platform to meet these challenges. If you would like to attend this conference, please view the full programme here and to book your place, please visit the event page here.

The British Grassland Society is a learned Society that was formed in 1945/6 to bring together farmers, researchers and the supply chain to ensure advancement of education and of research in grass and forage crop production and utilisation, and the publication of the results research. The advancement of methods of production and utilization of grass and forage crops for the promotion of agriculture and the public benefit.

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