THE NEW wave of agricultural revolution and insect farming are set to be key discussion points at the next Lincolnshire Farming Conference, to be held on Tuesday 11 February 2020 at the Lincolnshire Showground.
Following a year that has seen a number of challenges for the Lincolnshire agricultural community, the theme of the upcoming conference will be ‘the future is now’. The event will see key experts running workshops and discussing how the industry can adapt to the modern world and its demands.
Simon Day, chairman of the Lincolnshire Farming Conference Committee, said: “It’s more important than ever that we explore the ways in which we can collectively make improvements in our work – especially when it comes to maximising use of our natural environment whilst also maintaining and protecting it.
“Lincolnshire is one of the biggest agricultural counties, so it is fantastic that we are able to bring together these industry experts on our home soil to discuss how we can look forward to the brightest future possible for the industry.”
The conference is open from 11am to 5pm, with refreshments being available alongside networking opportunities. Two workshop sessions will be held in the morning, with industry experts holding talks throughout the afternoon.
Workshop one – ‘Growing a healthy business for the future’ – will see Brown & Co advising on succession and getting the next generation into farming, Wilkin Chapman will cover how to make farms fit for the future and experts from HSBC UK will be sharing information on how to protect agricultural businesses from fraud and cybercrime.
The second workshop will focus on health, with discussions being led by Farmacy plc on healthy soils and cover crop work. Meanwhile the University of Lincoln will be covering healthy crops and management beyond resistance. Kelly Hewson-Fisher, catchment advisor at Anglian Water will also lead attendees in a discussion about how pesticide losses from yards and fields can be reduced, as well as how improving the health of soil can lead to improvement in the quality of water.
After lunch, expert talks will be held, including the future of what consumer consumption could look like, which will be discussed by Adam Banks, director of the Woven Network and Nuffield scholar. With mounting pressures on farmers in the UK to provide more sustainable food sources for both consumers and animal feed, Adam will explore the opportunities for farming insects. He will also examine the challenges that come with marketing insects as food to a western audience and how negative attitudes towards entomophagy may be overcome to take farming down a new path.
The fourth agricultural revolution will also be up for discussion by Sam Watson-Jones, co-founder of Small Robot Company. He will examine how farming, arguably the last analogue industry, is set to go digital, what the future of ag-tech looks like and how farmers can get involved in shaping this next step.
The keynote speech – farming beyond Brexit – will be given by Stuart Roberts, a third generation arable and livestock farmer from Harpenden. Stuart has served as Hertfordshire NFU County Chairman since 2015 and has service on both the East Anglian livestock and combinable crops board. He has also previously worked for Defra and the Food Standards Agency; has held senior management roles within the meat supply chain; and served on the boards of Red Tractor and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.
Simon Day continued: “Brexit is, of course, an ongoing political situation, and as such will be on the table for discussion again in 2020. The presentation surrounding Brexit from the NFU was very well received, so we’re looking forward to welcoming Stuart Roberts, NFU’s Vice President, to continue the conversation on what the farming world will look like beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.
“The objectives of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society are the furtherance, welfare and progress of the industry and all professions and trade connected therewith. The world is currently changing at an increasing pace, bringing with it new and varied challenges, particularly for our industry.”
Sponsors of the Lincolnshire Farming Conference include CLAAS, University of Lincoln, Woldmarsh, Streets Chartered Accountants, Househam, Anglian Water, Wilkin Chapman LLP, OMEX, Jelf, Brown & Co and BionatureUK.
A reception hosted by the Impact Group, the Society’s networking group for under 35s, will also take place from 5pm, after the conference ends.
Tickets cost £15 for adults, £6 for students, with members of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society free to attend once registered, including lunch. To book a place at the 2020 conference visit www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk/whats-on/event/lincolnshire-agricultural-society-agm-and-lunch2020
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A rogue landlord from Gainsborough has been found guilty of unlawful harassment and misleading and aggressive practices.
Mr. Ragoopathy Naidu, age 64 from Monks Road, Lincoln appeared at Lincoln Magistrates Court last week and was prosecuted for seven offences relating to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations and the Protection from Eviction Act.
The charges were brought by Lincolnshire Trading Standards and West Lindsey District Council.
“Telling tenants to move out in an hour, demanding huge late payment fees and including misleading terms in tenant’s contracts were just some of Mr Naidu’s actions,” explained Tara Carter, Senior Trading Standards Officer at Lincolnshire County Council.
“Mr Naidu also got his tenants to sign a tenancy agreement and used the terms of the agreement to intimidate and take additional money from them. Nor did he use a deposit scheme to protect his tenants money.
“The requirement not to engage in unfair trading practices applies to all landlords, they also have a duty of care towards their tenants and those that choose to ignore this can expect to face legal action, just like in this case.”
Andy Gray, housing and environmental enforcement manager at West Lindsey District Council, said: “Cases like this demonstrate the importance for landlords to employ a level of professionalism when operating within the private rented sector. Legal processes are there to protect both them and their tenants.
“Occupiers have the right to peaceful enjoyment of their homes without unlawful and persistent interference from their landlord.
“Local Authorities will work together to ensure that appropriate protection is provided from landlords who engage in aggressive practices to intimidate or harass their tenants.”
Mr Ragoopathy Naidu will be sentenced in January 2020.
Police are investigating an incident in which three men exposed their bare bottoms in Hunters fish and chip shop on Lincoln High Street.
This occurred during a ‘Reclaim the night’ anti-rape march which took place on 23 November.
We are releasing the images of three men we would like to speak to after initial inquiries have failed to trace them.
If you recognise these men, or have any information please contact us:
- Call 101, quoting ref 246 of 24 of November
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org putting ref 246 of 24 November in the subject line
- Contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111
A teenager has been jailed for 12 years after raping a woman on Lincoln’s South Common.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced on Friday (13 December) at Lincoln Crown Court.
He had previously admitted the offence, and another attack, which both took place on the same day.
At around 2.30pm on Sunday, July 21, a woman was walking on South Common when the male approached her.
He initially asked for the time before assaulting and raping her.
Earlier that day, at just after 8.35am, he had approached a different woman on Hermit Street, despite her requests to be left alone, he pursued her, making sexual suggestions. He only left the scene after a local resident came to the woman’s assistance.
Police presence was stepped up after these incidents and the following day the male was arrested, having been seen and pursued across South Common by officers.
Detective Inspector Dave McKean said: “The rape was an horrific attack carried out in broad daylight.
“It was traumatic for the victim, her partner and their families.
“This male had already assaulted another woman earlier that day. His actions were vile and opportunistic, yet in interviews he showed no remorse.
“I would like to pay tribute to the victims and their families for the strength they have shown during this investigation, and the numerous Police teams that worked together to bring the offender to justice.”
Officers investigating a public order incident, where a man made sexually inappropriate comments to a woman on board a train, are today appealing for information.
The incident happened on 20 November on board a service travelling between Lincoln and Sleaford.
During the journey at approximately 1.40pm, a man sat near a woman and started talking with her. The unknown man then started making a number of sexually inappropriate comments to the woman while staring at her.
Officers believe the man shown in this attached image may have information which could help them investigate.
Anyone who was on board the train and saw what happened, or knows the man in the image, is asked to get in touch. You can contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 141 of 25/11/2019.
Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Danny Fowler, aged 31, from Lincoln, who is wanted for breaching his prison release licence conditions.
He was released on licence having been sentenced for an offence of grievous bodily harm. He was sentenced for the GBH offence at Lincoln Crown Court on 21 December 2017 and subsequently released on licence on 4 October 2019.
Police would like to hear from you if you have any information that could help us find Danny Fowler. There are a number of ways you can report:
• By clicking on the email link email@example.com – please remember to put the reference Incident 142 of 8/10 in the subject box.
• Via our non-emergency number 101, quoting reference Incident 142 of 8/10
• Through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
|Volunteers from RAF Waddington gave up their spare time to help renovate their namesake ward at Lincoln County Hospital.|
Waddington Unit has now welcomed back patients and staff, after being temporarily relocated while improvements have been made.
The RAF volunteers were drafted in by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ULHT) Advanced Care Practitioner for Oncology, Marie Beck, who was keen to maintain a local link with the base and the unit.
Over the past few weeks, the RAF personnel have helped to redecorate two patient bays, the staff room and the relatives’ room, as part of a major refurbishment and upgrade of Waddington Unit, the haematology and oncology ward, which cares for patients receiving chemotherapy, radiotherapy and end of life care at Lincoln County Hospital.
Marie said that she couldn’t thank the RAF personnel enough for giving up their spare time to help out.
“Our patients and staff are very grateful for their input. It has been lovely to create the link between RAF Waddington and Waddington Unit.
“This is a relationship that we hope will continue to flourish further over the coming months and years.”
Cpl Michael Peel from RAF Waddington said: “We had previously helped out on the ward and wanted to maintain our relationship with Waddington Unit.
“A group of us got together and over the course of three days managed to refurbish the majority of rooms.
“We hope the staff and patients enjoy our efforts and if the staff need us again we would gladly help out.”
Polly Johnson, Waddington Unit Manager said: “We are extremely grateful for all the hard work and efforts put from the volunteers from RAF Waddington.”
“It has really improved the environment along with the patients’ and families journeys.
“A comfortable relatives’ room is important to us as it provides a sanctuary for people to have a little quiet time away from the traditional hospital environment with their families which allows time to reflect with their loved ones.”
A retired journalist who founded a campaign to preserve the correct use of the apostrophe is bowing out because “ignorance has won”.
The Apostrophe Protection Society was started by John Richards in 2001 to tackle misuse of the punctuation mark.
His work involved advising people on proper use and writing to organisations to highlight their apostrophe abuse.
The 96-year-old said: “We have done our best but the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won.”
His website contains a list of rules on where to place apostrophes, as well as a photo gallery detailing dozens of examples of misuse.
The former newspaper reporter and sub editor who worked for the Lincolnshire Standard Group, said although he was closing it down, it would remain open for a limited time for “reference and interest”.
“When I first set it up I would get about 40 emails or letters a week from people all over the world. Many were saying how it was about time that we had something like this,” he said.
“But then two years ago it started to tail off and nowadays I hardly get anything.”
“It seems that fewer organisations and individuals care about the correct use,” he added.
“Those who do will get it right but those who can’t be bothered will just carry on sprinkling it about where they feel it looks nice.”
Mr Richards said his age had also had a bearing on his decision to close the site, although he said he would not rule out starting a campaign to save the comma from a similar fate.
“The use of the comma is appalling. When I read some newspaper websites they just don’t understand what it is used for.”