The Society’s year-round agricultural work is the responsibility of the Head of Practice with Science, Joanna Righton, supported by the “Practice with Science” Group chaired by Professor David Leaver. The purpose of the Group is to identify issues of strategic importance to agriculture and the rural sector and to advise the RASE Executive on these.
In essence, the Society wishes to facilitate informed debate about the future of farming, the environment and the rural economy by:-
The Seminar highlighted the exciting research being undertaken on the wheat crop and how the resulting technology could help drive much improved output. The RASE Research Medal Winners for both 2011 and 2010 were amongst the expert speakers. National Agricultural Award winner for 2011 Professor Sir John Marsh also presented the National Agricultural Lecture on the subject of "Know More or Eat Less!" A Press Release and the Seminar Papers can be found here
SUSTAINABLE INTENSIFICATION & FARMLAND BIRDS SEMINAR – 30 NOVEMBER 2011
The Society brought together 90 policy makers, scientists, farmers and conservationists to explore ways in which farmland bird populations could be increased. Defra Minister James Paice was amongst the speakers. A resume, Press Release and the Seminar papers can be found here
OXFORD FARMING CONFERENCE PRACTICE WITH SCIENCE AWARD
The inaugural winner of the 2012 Oxford Farming Conference/Royal Agricultural Society of England Award sponsored by AB Agri, has been won by PiGIS, a pig grading information system established in Northern Ireland by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute and CAFRE.
PiGIS is a unique online benchmarking tool that assists both pig producers and processors to improve carcase quality. The system captures data for over 99% of pigs slaughtered in Northern Ireland, including carcase quality data.
RASE Chief Executive Denis Chamberlain commented “The inaugural Practice with Science Award has drawn excellent entries from throughout the UK and across the spectrum of technical agricultural challenges. The Society’s Practice with Science motto acknowledges that scientific discovery only realises its value when it gets into practical farmers’ hands. This competition focuses attention at that key area of knowledge transfer and the winner exemplifies just what is needed to encourage smarter farming”.
RASE LAUNCHES ANAEROBIC DIGESTION REPORT
The Society commissioned a report, supported by the Frank Parkinson Trust, on the barriers to installation of small-scale on-farm anaerobic digesters. The report was launched on 14th April 2011. The full and short reports are available to download below, under Publications.
The Society continues to develop its relationship with key research organisations including BBSRC and its individual research institutes, AHDB and NIAB TAG.
All our reports and extracts can be downloaded in Pdf format. If you wish to receive a hard copy, please contact Joanna Righton at email@example.com
SOIL AND WATER MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (SaWMA) JOURNALS
THE “PRACTICE WITH SCIENCE” GROUP
“Practice with Science” is the Society’s motto and still represents its core purpose today. The “Practice with Science” Advisory Group, chaired by Professor David Leaver, is tasked with identifying issues of strategic importance to agriculture, and advising the RASE Executive and Trustees accordingly. The Group, which meets quarterly, is a mix of farmers, academics and those involved in agricultural/environmental research.
|Chairman||Professor David Leaver|
Professor Ian Crute
Professor Colin Dennis
Professor Malcolm Stansfield
|In Attendance||RASE Chairman
RASE Chief Executive
RASE Head of Practice with Science
For further information or enquiries, please contact:
Joanna Righton, Head & “Practice with Science :
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Selected Articles from the Soil and Water Management Association Journals
In the 1970s and 1980s, SAWMA produced a series of Journals. Many of the articles in the Journals are still very relevant today, offering farmers realistic and practical advice on how best to manage their soils. Selected articles are available here.
For more information on IAgrE please visit www.iagre.org