At our TMAF Winter Talks we have the chance to listen to and question two of Europe’s most influential thought-leaders on why and how we can measure farming’s carbon footprint to the benefit of farm businesses.
Carbon captures our interest
Our interest in the challenge – or opportunity – of farming with fewer carbon emissions, and whether farmers can be paid for carbon capture, has been growing for some time. Back at a previous TMAF summer open day, we hosted the session held by NIAB’s Elizabeth Stockdale with Norfolk and Suffolk farmers Feeding back to Defra on how to cut farming’s greenhouse gas emissions.
An increasing number of farmers are interested to calculate their carbon production. For some, it’s in response to claims about agriculture’s high carbon footprint. For others, it’s to see how far farming is from the target set by NFU President Minette Batters of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
But which tool is best for carbon footprinting? Which are we: farming villain or hero?
Stimulating thought and signposting way ahead
Our first speaker at the TMAF Talks on 4th February 2021 is Per Frankelius. Per is an academic and thought-leader at Linköping University in Sweden. His self-professed ambition is to “understand and stimulate innovations in agriculture”.
Per will present to us on the topic of ‘Agriculture: climate villain or climate hero?’.
He is joined by Matilda Rosen, also from Linköping University, who leads their Agtech 2030 initiative, and will present two examples, from Europe and the US, of how farmers are profiting from carbon capturing services.
Meet the new TMAF PhD student
From closer to home, the next of the TMAF Winter Talks is from TMAF’s first PhD student Harvey Armstrong as he embarks on his research journey as our first research student fully funded by us. Harvey will explain the focus for his work and his motivation to make discoveries useful to farmers.
The TMAF Winter Talks are a chance to be inspired and informed and to look over the horizon to solutions for some of farming’s most pressing problems.
To join us on Zoom for the TMAF Winter Talks at 14.00 on Thursday 4th February 2021, please express your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent the joining instructions.