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regenagri podcast

regenagri podcast

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Featuring experts in the agricultural industry, the regenagri podcast explores the ways that global farming is steering towards more regenerative agriculture approaches and how the movement is evolving at pace. Tune in regularly to hear about all things regenerative and stay at the forefront of the global movement.
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How counting carbon fits with regenerative agriculture
The regenagri podcast talks with industry experts to explore the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture. In episode 20, Rose Riley from Control Union UK, welcomes Charlie Curtis, training and consulting manager at Cool Farm Alliance and Richard Gueterbock, agri-food and bioenergy adviser and co-editor of the RASE report - ‘Farm of the Future: Journey to Net Zero’. The episode explores the methods farmers looking to achieve net zero carbon emissions might consider, and the opportunities available to anyone seeking to calculate carbon emissions and sequestration on-farm for the first time. They also discuss how the wider supply chain must ensure that environmental changes requested of farmers are also profitable for farm businesses – or as Charlie puts it – “There’s no point in selling a BLT sandwich if you can no longer source the, B the L or the T!”
44:12
July 13, 2022
How to create a regenerative cotton supply chain
The regenagri podcast talks with industry experts to explore the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture. In episode 19, Rose Riley from Control Union UK, welcomes Liz Hershfield, head of sustainability at J Crew and Madewell, and Brent Crossland, founder of 5Loc Cotton. The episode explores the development of regenerative cotton supply chains, connecting the crop in the field to the fashion on the hangers. Both J Crew and Madewell have set a goal to use 100% sustainably-sourced cotton by 2025, and Liz shares how regeneratively grown cotton is key to meeting this target. Brent helps brands trace the cotton used in their fabrics back to the seed and gathers the data to evidence sustainable practices at every step. They discuss the influence of consumers and the role of certification in development of a regenerative cotton supply chain.
30:52
June 08, 2022
How can regenerative food systems create resilience in the face of the climate crisis?
The regenagri podcast talks with industry experts to explore the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture. In episode 18, Rose Riley from Control Union UK, welcomes farm manager Nathan Nelson, from Deepdale Farm in Norfolk and Hodmedod’s co-founder, Josiah Meldrum. They explore how the climate crisis is already impacting the reality of food production, with Nathan sharing his first-hand experience of droughts and extreme rainfall on his farm; challenging how regenerative food systems can build financial resilience now, and in the future.
42:58
May 11, 2022
What does the public think about regenerative farming?
The regenagri podcast talks with industry experts to explore the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture. In episode 17, Rose Riley from Control Union UK, welcomes journalist and author Anna Jones to the podcast. Anna’s book, Divide, was launched in March 2022. It calls on people from both urban and rural communities to make the effort to learn and respect the social, cultural and political differences between town and country. In this episode, Rose and Anna discuss how regenerative agriculture is perceived and understood by farming and urban communities. They take on the huge question of whose responsibility it is to ensure consumers have an awareness of how the food they eat impacts the environment. To round it off, Anna shares some tips for regenerative farmers looking to communicate what they’re doing and why, to people from different walks of life.
47:22
April 13, 2022
Regenerative ready meals
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In episode 16, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, welcomes Dominie Fearn, founder of the sustainable ready meal supplier, Wild Hare, to the podcast. Wild Hare’s latest range, which includes regenagri certified beef, has just been launched to Ocado, making it available for home delivery through a nationwide supermarket – a huge step for regeneratively farmed food to break into the convenience market. Dominie shares insight into how Wild Hare reached this point, including thoughts on the role of certification, retailers’ requirements and what the future may hold for regeneratively farmed convenience food.
39:25
March 09, 2022
Small changes, big differences – exploring the role of cover crops in regenerative farming systems
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In episode 15, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, speaks to Ian Gould from Oakbank, a consultancy which works closely with farmers and landowners to make the best use of agri-environment schemes to improve wildlife habitats. They are also joined by Toby Simpson, a regenerative arable farmer in Cambridgeshire, who has worked in partnership with his Dad over the last few years to transition their farm from ‘scratch’ tillage to no tillage. He has been awarded a 2022 Nuffield scholarship to look at cover and catch cropping opportunities for UK arable farmers. They consider the benefits of cover and catch crops to soil health and pest management and explore how to measure the impact of cover cropping on soil health and carbon capture.
59:49
February 09, 2022
How can sustainability be made the norm?
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In episode 14, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, speaks to Dr Shatadru Chattopadhayay from Solidaridad, an international civil society organisation with expertise in supply chain sustainability and resilience. They explore how sustainability can be made the norm at every stage of supply chains. For Shatadru, this includes enabling farmers and workers to earn a sufficient income, produce in balance with nature, and shape their own future. It must also involve strengthening links between producers and markets and stimulating demand for products which are good for the planet.
54:06
January 12, 2022
How can technology support the transition to regenerative food systems?
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In episode 13, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, welcomes Rob Ward, founder and CEO at Forward Food. With experience in farming, ag-tech and retail businesses, Rob views the food and farming sectors from multiple perspectives. Throughout the episode, he and Harry discuss how tech solutions can support a transition to regenerative food systems and pave the way to a profitable, subsidy-free farming sector.
01:00:19
December 08, 2021
UN conventions – how can they impact the future of farming?
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In episode 12, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, welcomes James Lomax from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). James’ work focuses on regenerative and net-positive agriculture, sustainable land-use finance mechanisms and coordinating UNEP’s internal work on food systems and agriculture. With COP26 in progress at the time of recording, there is no better time to explore how UN conventions bring about tangible impacts. James also reflects on the UN biodiversity conference, COP15, which took place in October, and how farming has a crucial role to play in finding solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises.
52:03
November 10, 2021
Rewilding – regenerative farming’s unexpected ally?
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In episode 11, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, looks into how regenerative farming and rewilding can work together to unlock natural capital. He is joined by Ivan de Klee, regenerative land management consultant and conservationist on Knepp Estate in West Sussex. Ivan has previously worked in Kenya, India, Australia and South Sudan, so brings insight into how farms all over the world can work with natural processes. At Knepp, Ivan leads on all rewilding and natural capital opportunities on the 3,500 acre estate. He is also leading on the Weald to Waves nature corridor from Ashdown Forest to the Climping Gap. He also facilitates the Upper Adur Farmers group, which is made up a cluster of farms in the Low Weald who are adopting more regenerative and wildlife friendly farming systems.
01:00:38
October 13, 2021
Using certification to open the door to international markets
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In the tenth episode, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, delves into the problems faced by small-scale producers when accessing international markets. He is joined by Bobbie Garbutt, who brings two perspectives to the conversation. Bobbie’s family grow nutmeg and cocoa on L’Esterre Estate in Granada, using regenerative farming methods. The farm was the second on the island to achieve organic certified status, which enables them to receive a higher price for their exported produce. Bobbie is also a sales associate at Ethiopian agribusiness, Greenpath Food, which supplies regeneratively grown fresh produce from small-scale East African farms to businesses across the world. She shares how certification has supported the route to market for Greenpath Food producers, and the impact it has had.
44:05
September 15, 2021
Farming for dung beetles
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In the ninth episode, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, delves into how dung beetles support integrated parasite management. He is joined by Claire Whittle, from LLM Farm Vets, part of the VetPartners group, and James Allen, who farms in the Cotswolds, grazing on the Bruern Estate. Both Claire and James are members of the dung beetles for farmers group, which raises awareness of the benefits of dung beetles on farmland and how farmers can help them to increase their numbers. On top of her day job as a vet, Claire has been awarded a Nuffield scholarship to research the extent to which regenerative agriculture practices can improve the health and welfare of livestock. She is grappling with the dynamics between offering the best advice for her clients’ animals and what’s best for the environment. James shares how being a first-generation farmer has helped him, as he is not constrained by how things have ‘always been done’. He uses conservation grazing practices to support wildflower meadows and soil health. We also delve into some welfare issues including how to balance the need for freedom of choice with mob grazing methods and the benefits of on farm slaughter.
01:02:50
August 11, 2021
Incorporating regenerative grazing
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In the eighth episode, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, explores how regenerative grazing practices can be incorporated into farm systems. He is joined by Neil Harley, from British farms, Weavelands and Cheswell Grange, and Glen Burrows, co-founder of the Ethical Butcher. Neil shares some of the benefits he has seen since adopting regenerative grazing practices for his beef herd. He supplies the Ethical Butcher with regenagri certified beef, which is used in the extremely popular GROUND burger kit. Glen shares the story behind his business, including how regeneratively produced meat benefits the health of both people and the planet.
01:06:15
July 14, 2021
Transitioning to green finance
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In the seventh episode, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, delves into transitioning to green finance. He is joined by Paul Pizzala, chief information officer at New Foundation Farms, a regenerative agrifood enterprise on a mission to produce food and fibre in a way that supports soils, communities and human health. Paul’s career started out in the city working in private client investment management. Following the global financial crisis in 2008, his career took an exciting twist when he enrolled on a permaculture course and became interested in systems thinking, leading him to where he is today. Alongside Harry and Paul is Tim Coates, who farms 1,450 acres in Oxfordshire. He is also a co-founder and chief customer officer at Oxbury Bank, a dedicated agricultural bank which supports farmers in a sustainable way. Harry, Paul and Tim explore how farmers looking to transition to a more regenerative approach can link with funding. They also look to a future in which there will be an accessible income stream delivered by the impact of regenerative farming practices on the land, which is as well as, not in place of, income from food production.
59:31
June 22, 2021
Championing British wool
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In episode six, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, focuses on regenerative textiles, primarily the production of British wool. Joining Harry is Ruth Rands, founder and CEO of HERD, which creates sustainable knitwear from Bluefaced Leicester wool, sourced in the North West of England. Ruth is passionate about turning the tide on synthetic mass-made woollen clothing and instead using high-quality English heritage wool produced locally with non-toxic dyes, thus reducing the carbon footprint associated with garment manufacture. Alongside Harry and Ruth is Soil Association and Pasture for Life certified organic farmer, Leigh Weston, otherwise known as social media sensation ‘Hill Top Farm Girl’. With her partner, Neil Heseltine, she manages a flock of Bluefaced Leicester, Wensleydale and Swaledale sheep as well as a herd of breeding pedigree Belted Galloway cattle on their upland farm in the Yorkshire Dales. Leigh explains how downsizing livestock numbers has benefited the business and farmland over time, economically and ecologically. Plus, she describes how versatile the sheep breeds they rear are for breeding stock and producing meat and wool.
50:15
May 12, 2021
Transitioning to regenerative agriculture
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In this episode, we explore the ambitious regenerative farming strategy being implemented across 3,600 acres at Bradford Estates in Shropshire in the UK. Newly appointed farm manager, the first since 1982, Oliver Scott, joins Harry Farnsworth to discuss owner Alexander Newport’s 100-year vision and plans for a more sustainable farming future at Bradford. And Hutchinsons’ head of agroecology, Ed Brown, shares his experience of embarking on a soil regeneration journey through cover-cropping, reducing inputs and incorporating machinery and livestock within rotations, while maintaining yields and crop quality.
46:23
April 14, 2021
Incorporating agroforestry into regenerative systems
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In this episode, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, hosts a conversation about incorporating agroforestry into regenerative systems and how it can benefit the farmed environment. Joining Harry is Ben Raskin, head of horticulture at the Soil Association. With 25 years’ experience and contributing to numerous publications, such as The Agroforestry Handbook, Ben offers practical advice to farmers looking bring more trees into their rotations. Adding an international perspective, Tirion Keatinge, European agroforestry project developer at Pretaterra, explains what’s worked well, and not so well, in agroforestry projects around the world. And for those interested in embarking on the agroforestry journey, Ben and Tirion suggest where to look for more information, including: · AGFORWARD  · Farm Woodland Forum · Agroforestry UK Facebook group · The Regenerative Agroforestry Podcast · World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
44:17
March 10, 2021
How to approach regenerative farming
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture, with industry experts. In this, our third episode, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, hosts a discussion on the highs and lows of transitioning from conventional practices, farm diversification and the economics of farming regeneratively. Joining Harry is Ian Steele, from Treflach Farm in Shropshire, who practices holistic methods on his care farm, with a diverse, mixed rotation, plus its own butchery and bakery on-site. Ian explains what made him move towards regenerating the land and the steps he’s taken to improve water quality and biodiversity on-farm. With Knight Frank’s head of agri-consultancy, Tom Heathcote, sharing his experiences of working with farm businesses on their regenerative journeys, they uncover what funding is available to farmers and the importance of monitoring and analysing data in the transitioning process.
45:08
February 10, 2021
Soil - the future of food?
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture with industry stakeholders. In this second episode, Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, delves into the importance of soil health with two leading ‘boots on the ground’ experts. Independent plant and soil health educator, Joel Williams, of Integrated Soils, shares his expert opinion, 20 years in the making. He shares his knowledge and passion for the management of soil microbial ecology, plant nutrition and integrated approaches to sustainable food production. Joel and Harry are also joined by Ed Horton, a farmer based in the heart of the Cotswolds, who is pioneering regenerative approaches at Poulton Fields Farm, utilising the perfect combination of traditional and modern techniques to maximise quality yields.
01:00:44
January 13, 2021
Biodiversity led farming
The regenagri podcast explores the future of farming and the hot topics surrounding the global movement of regenerative agriculture with industry stakeholders. In this first episode Harry Farnsworth, sustainable agriculture projects lead at Control Union UK, discusses biodiversity in conversation with two leading experts. Ian Boyd, an OF&G and Pasture for Life organic farmer, who produces Hereford cattle for his family business, Cotswold Beef, draws on his own experiences to explain why it’s vital to farm in a way that works with nature and allows space for flora and fauna to thrive. And Jenny Phelps MBE, a senior farm conservation advisor at the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), outlines the importance of support and education in encouraging the transition to more regenerative approaches within farm enterprises. Together, they also examine the need to ensure decisions relating to agricultural policy and in the wider supply chain help restore our natural ecosystems and enhance the farmed environment, whilst making it economically viable to do so.
39:40
December 09, 2020