Driving growth through innovation at NOCC 2017: Get your tickets now

Date Published: 29/06/2017

National Organic Combinable Crops 2017

The OF&G annual farming event.

Growers keen to drive growth in their businesses through innovative practices and technology can learn about some of the latest developments in crop production at this year’s largest UK organic on-farm event.

The National Organic Combinable Crops (NOCC) conference will see organic and non-organic farmers, academics and traders discuss the opportunities available to farmers to help develop strong and sustainable businesses.

As well as learning about the latest technology available to growers, delegates will hear about the latest research and science driving production of premium quality arable crops, and learn about areas where they can make positive changes on their farms.

Being held at Andover in Hampshire on Thursday 6 July, this year marks the tenth anniversary of NOCC, and to celebrate the event has been given a shake-up to ensure it continues to offer a fantastic day out for delegates.

Rather than the usual key conference speaker format, NOCC 2017 will involve lively panel discussions to give farmers the chance to hear from – and discuss with – a range of experts about some of the key developments in the arable sector.

Hosted by BBC Farming Today Presenter Charlotte Smith, sessions will include a discussion on seed breeding and selection, with input from Dr Edward Dickin of Harper Adams, Stephen Briggs of Whitehall Farm and Roger Baird of grain traders WN Lindsay.

Professor Martin Wolfe from Wakelyns Agroforestry will also be there to discuss his innovative ORC Wakelyns Population, an organic wheat which aims to be sustainable, profitable and resilient in the face of increasing climatic changes.

A second panel session will look at innovation in agriculture and is being organised in collaboration with Abby Rose from Farmerama Radio and vidacycle tech.

We will have experts including John Cherry of Weston Farms and Groundswell, Nuffield Scholar Andrew Howard and John Pawsey, organic arable farmer and member of the NFU Crops Board and progressive organic arable farmer Sophie Alexander of Hemsworth Farm in Bournemouth  who will be talking about her compost tea trials, as well as her membership of the Organic Arable collective – a farmer-controlled business specialising in marketing organic grains and pulses.

As usual there will be the annual farm walk, which will include a tour of host farmers’ James, Tom and Hugh Liddell’s farm, as well as an in-depth look at the business’ agroforestry, soils and machinery.

The event will also include the famous NOCC lunch – a fabulous meal cooked from some of the country’s finest organic produce – which will give delegates the chance to sit down and talk to other farmers and growers.

Open to organic and non-organic growers alike, the event attracts hundreds of people from across the agricultural sector, including processors, academics and industry leaders.

Delegate tickets for the event cost £35, with discounts for additional family members.

Download the booking form here: OF&G delegate form NOCC 2017

NOCC at Fullerton Farms Partnership Hampshire in July 2010NOCC