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12 Feb 2024

Wood bioenergy pioneer reveals innovative strategies for sustainable and profitable agriculture

Eco Crops Ltd Hall: 2 Stand: 510
Wood bioenergy pioneer reveals innovative strategies for sustainable and profitable agriculture
British farmers and landowners harvest perennial willow wood crops

A leading expert in low-carbon wood crops is set to shed light on the potential of perennial biomass crops for achieving net zero at the UK’s forward-thinking Low Carbon Agriculture Show on Thursday 7th March.

Neil Watkins, Managing Director of newly launched Eco Crops Ltd, will lead an informative and insightful seminar addressing how the agricultural sector can pivot towards sustainable energy sources that benefit both the economy and the environment.

Held at NAEC Stoneleigh in Warwickshire, this year's event focuses on the sector’s unique role in helping the UK achieve its Net Zero targets by 2050. Aligned with this narrative, Watkins will be speaking at the ‘Biomass, Biochar and its Role in Net Zero Plans’ seminar in the Energy and Business Theatre. Watkins will explore perennial biomass crop options and their wider on-farm benefits, uncovering the opportunity to create green supply chains, boost biodiversity net gain and support environmental sustainability.

"British agriculture is now at a turning point with a clear opportunity to adapt to renewable energy sources balanced with food production," said Watkins. "I look forward to helping attendees of the show understand the importance of perennial wood-based crops and how innovative, yet simple, approaches can make these natural resources work for everyone’s benefit."

While Eco Crops Ltd may be a fresh face in the field, founder Neil Watkins brings fifteen years of experience in the wood crops and bioenergy sector, with his pioneering work and achievements gaining both national and international recognition.

During his talk, Watkins plans to leverage his extensive real-world expertise to break down complex concepts into simple, actionable steps for growers.

Having worked with hundreds of farmers and landowners over the years, Watkins will share valuable insights into maximising crop yields and revenue, enhancing existing livestock and arable systems, and minimising environmental impact – a timely step towards more sustainable and profitable UK agriculture.

The talk will discuss practical strategies and innovative farming practices to capture carbon sequestration opportunities, boost local biodiversity and improve food production in agroforestry while generating new revenue streams for growers.

"It goes beyond agriculture. It's about creating a sustainable and profitable farming future that operates hand in hand with nature," added Watkins. "Our farmers and landowners have a pivotal role to play, and this event can be the spark that drives change."

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