Stephen is Soil and Water manager at Innovation for Agriculture and Senior Partner at Abacus Agriculture. Stephen 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. He has previously worked for DFID, FAO, the World Bank & private Co’s in Africa, India & China. Stephen has an MSc in Soil Science, a 2011 Nuffield Scholar and received the Prestigeous 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 lecturered 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.
His experience in soil and water management combines research, development, farmer engagement & training, consultancy, policy development work and practical farming. Stephen believes that there are huge opportunities to engage stakeholders and farmers and further advance their understanding of our most vital resources.
Will mixed farming become the future of UK agriculture? Building on the keen interest from our recent conference Animals to Arable, this panel discussion explorers the benefits and barriers to the reintroduction of livestock to farms that are currently all arable . Drawing on from our 3-year research study into the barriers to improving soil […]
Planting trees into farming systems is bring immense benefits to farm businesses and the natural world alike. But with technical advice and support only just starting to become mainstream, many of the early adopters have had to go it alone relying on trial and error to see them through. Many with success stories but also […]