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STC Sustainability Conference 2019: ‘Growing in the Green’ 24th June 2019, 1000-1530

STC Sustainability Conference 2019: ‘Growing in the Green’
24th June 2019, 1000-1530, Stockbridge Technology Centre, Cawood, YO8 3TZ
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Interested in recent R&D on how we can grow crops into living green understories? If so, you may want to attend the above conference, funded as part of STC’s ongoing work into clover ‘living mulches’. There is no charge for this event, but places are limited. To book yours please contact Emma Duffin (
1000: Arrival and refreshments
1015: Welcome and background – Dr Dave George, STC
1030: The benefits of ‘Plant Teams’ – Dr Rob Brooker, James Hutton Institute
1050: Industry engagement with Intercropping – Speakers from LEAF/ORC
1110: Tea/coffee/biscuits
1130: ‘Growing in the Green’ with clover – Neil Fuller
1200: Current clover projects at STC– Dr Dave George, STC
1220: Commercial clover cropping: A farmers perspective – Andrew Manfield, Manterra Ltd and Heslesskew Farm
1240: Open questions
1300: Lunch and networking
1400: Machinery & Technology demo by Manterra Ltd and CHAP Ltd
1445: Clover plot tour with Dave George, Andrew Manfield and Neil Fuller
1530: Close / optional tour of the CHAP Vertical Farming Development Centre with Dr Rhydian Beynon-Davies (STC) to see ‘polyculture under protection’

Sustainability Conference ‘Growing in the Green’ 24th June 2019, 1000-1530, Stockbridge Technology Centre, Cawood, YO8 3TZ (0 downloads)

Graham Porter launches his new book The Yorkshire Organic Gardener

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Current, Powered by GE and Stockbridge Technology Centre Partner to Research the Farm of the Future

STC congratulates Hayley on her new appointment’

AHDB new horticulture board chair is Hayley Campbell-Gibbons

9 August 2018, by Matthew Appleby

The NFU policy adviser is now a new member of the board of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, who will also chair its Horticulture Sector Board, replacing Gary Taylor.

Hayley Campbell-Gibbons will take up her post from 1 November 2018. Her appointment will run until 31 October 2021.

This appointment has been made jointly by Defra, and the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments.

She said: “I look forward to helping AHDB make a real difference for UK horticulture and agriculture as we manage our way through Brexit and into a new trading environment, and, in particular, to working with the British horticulture sector as it deals with pressures on margins, challenges around labour availability, and concerns over crop protection. I also want to listen to growers, and work with them to identify ways of maximising productivity and fulfilling our potential as a sector.”

AHDB chairman Peter Kendall said: “Hayley is experienced and respected in the industry and is another welcome asset to the AHDB Board at what is a pivotal time for the farming and food sector.”

At 36, Campbell-Gibbons is the youngest board member in AHDB’s history. She brings 15 years’ experience in rural affairs, including over a decade as chief policy adviser to the NFU, where she specialised in horticulture from 2011 onwards. She has represented farmers’ and growers’ interests at UK and EU level, on movements including Catalyst for Change, The Code of Trading Practice for Ornamentals and the NFU’s campaign for a new seasonal agriculture workers scheme. She was a board member of the Gangmaster Licensing Authority (GLA) from 2011-2014. She has a Masters degree in Rural Policy, co-founded a coffee business in 2005, and has extensive national media experience.#

New glasshouse @ STC

We’re delighted to see our new CHAP glasshouse complex making the horticultural news. Well done to all involved to get this up-and-running in time to fill with projects in 2018! We’ve already run some AHDB work through the deep water hydroponics tanks, with multiple tomato projects set to fill the glass later this summer.