Stephen is a Senior Partner at Abacus Agriculture, head of technical development at Innovation for Agriculture & Non Exec Director of AHDB. Stephen has been providing farm business consultancy throughout the UK and internationally for over 20 years and has delivered soil, water and crop advice and training to many UK farmers. Stephen has an MSc in Soil Science, a 2011 Nuffield Scholar and received the Prestigious 2020 Bullock Award for the Scholar who has most influenced the industry.
At home, Stephen farms 270 acres of land in Cambridgeshire & Rutland growing cereals, root crops, vegetable and fruit crops and is pioneering agroforestry, growing apple trees and field crops together. He has guest lectured at universities and has held posts on UK Government Policy and Research and Development Committees. He is active in influencing agricultural policy at UK and EU levels.
Defra have stated that they want agroforestry to be supported within ELM. In this session we will describe the Defra-funded Test on Agroforestry and its results to date. The panel will include practising agroforestry farmers who are part of the Test and who will give their perspective on what is needed to make agroforestry mainstream. […]
Come and hear about our established agroforestry systems, we have plenty of lessons learnt from our journeys ranging from 5-15 years. Plenty of food for thought. Discover the multiple benefits you could bring for your farm as we juggle food production, climate change and biodiversity loss. Is agroforestry one of the solutions for your farm? […]
A lack of water – not something always associated with Great Britain, but a very real threat to the future of food and farming. What does the future hold and what can we learn from climate modelling? What challenges are farmers facing now and what practices are they implementing to reduce or mitigate future impacts […]