Agriculture student Kitty Stainsby was proud to attend the 2020 Oxford Farming Conference as a Hartpury University scholar.
She was sponsored by Hartpury as part of the leading land-based institution’s commitment to providing students with opportunities to enhance their career prospects through access to the latest industry developments.
Guests at the Oxford Farming Conference at the University of Oxford included HRH The Princess Royal, politicians and representatives from the agriculture industry, including farmers, policy makers, nutritionists and scientists.
The agenda featured discussions on the obesity epidemic, climate crisis, mental health of farmers, affordability of food, sustainability and the national food strategy post Brexit.
Kitty, who is studying a BSc (Hons) Agriculture degree at Hartpury University, said: “I particularly enjoyed the scholars sessions where we spoke about how we define a healthy farm and how we can make a healthy diet accessible to all.
“We heard from MP Theresa Villiers – the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs – and DEFRA member Henry Dimbleby that new Environmental Land Management schemes will provide farmers with public money for public goods such as restoring wildlife and tackling climate change.
“Farmers have the privilege and ability to play a hugely positive role in the climate crisis we are facing, by using our land in a sustainable way that not only produces nutritious food for the world but also sequestrates carbon and increases biodiversity.
“We also heard that well managed livestock farming is actually beneficial to tackling climate change, and that we must promote the facts that prove how great our industry is.
“No other industry is so multi-faceted as agriculture; our farmers are mechanics, engineers, economists, vets, food producers, and guardians of the environment, all whilst keeping up to date with the latest legislation and technology that is so crucial to our businesses.
“My time at this conference has inspired me to know that we are at the forefront of real change, not only in producing incredibly nutritious food to such high standards but also in how we are looking after the environment by how we farm.
“We should be proud of our amazing agricultural industry and promote all the positive contributions that we continue to make in our society.”
Hartpury’s £2 million Agri-Tech Centre, which is set to officially open next month, will provide farmers, students and organisations with access to the latest commercial technology.
Hartpury graduates have gained employment with major businesses such as Agrii, Yorkshire Farmers and Siemens.
Its on-site commercial farm, Home Farm, which supplies produce to Sainsbury’s, Muller, Glencore and Frontier, provides students with access to a wide range of the latest farming equipment.
Hartpury has recently announced exciting ambitions to create a Digital Innovation Farm, in response to an increasingly digital world with global demand for new technology in farming.
This development will include the National Centre for Agricultural Data Management and Interpretation, which will play a pivotal role in the development of agricultural data and security, from Hartpury’s 360-hectare campus.
Picture: Agriculture student Kitty Stainsby at Hartpury