Second Masstock SMART Farm Exhibition a huge success

For the second year running the Masstock SMART Farm Exhibition has drawn hundreds of farmers and food producers to Bishop Burton College.

For the second year running the Masstock SMART Farm Exhibition has drawn hundreds of farmers and food producers to Bishop Burton College.

The event, which was launched last year, gave more than 600 farmers the chance to see displays of the latest agricultural machinery and meet those companies conducting vital research and development in the UK.

Companies involved in agrochemical and fertilizer manufacture, seed dressing, precision agronomy, plant breeding and energy partners were all present to give farmers valuable advice.

This year the event also included a programme of seminars with speakers such as Countryfile’s Adam Henson, GM expert Dr Julian Little, Irish farming journalist Andy Doyle and Masstock’s own Colin Lloyd and Philip Marr.

Organiser John Moore explained the purpose of the event.

He said: “The idea behind the event is to bring farmers together to discuss the issues affecting the industry, to meet those conducting research, hear from experts and have a look at some of the latest developments in machinery.

“We use Bishop Burton College as the venue as it boasts some fantastic facilities, but also because it is one of Masstock’s regional SMART Farms.

“It’s a fantastic event with superb speakers, which has been extremely well attended.”

The College’s farm manager Dominic Naylor felt the exhibition was extremely relevant to farmers and was particularly interested in the presentations on GM crops.

He said: “As a farmer the event was very good and very relevant to the issues affecting how I run the College’s farm.

“I felt the presentation on GM was of particular interest – especially as we prepare for a rise in demand for food globally.

“Dr Julian Little delivered an excellent presentation on how GM can help us achieve higher yields with less input in terms of land and chemicals and how farmers can benefit from the science of genetic modification.”

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