National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS) has announced its line-up for BioFarm 2021, a conference focusing on biological and regenerative farming.
Its fourth annual biological farming conference will take place across five days from November 8th – 12th, 2021, in The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, with virtual and in-person ticket options.
The not-for-profit network specialises in training for the “rapidly expanding” organic and regenerative farming sectors.
Over the five days, more than 25 renowned Irish and international speakers will present to delegates. These include experts from Australia, New Zealand, Uganda, the USA, and the UK.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, will deliver the opening address.
Each day, speakers will cover a different theme/issue, including:
- Climate change;
- Carbon sequestration;
- Rising input costs;
- Farm profitability.
The hybrid event will feature:
- Live-streamed presentations from leading industry experts;
- Roundtable panel discussions;
- Interactive question and answer sessions where participants can engage directly with speakers.
Experts, academics, and farmers
Commenting on BioFarm 2021, Sean McGloin, network manager at the National Organic Training Skillnet, said:
“We are packing all five days with quality speakers from both the academic fields as well as working farmers from Ireland and further afield. We will cover as many aspects of biological, regenerative, and organic farming as we can.”
“Furthermore, we see these practices as central to the future of farming in Ireland. Hopefully, we can inspire farmers in Ireland to get on board with these methods.”
“Everything is on the table in agriculture at the moment, especially from a climate change mitigation standpoint. The experts, academics, and farmers at BioFarm 2021 are at the forefront of this thinking.”
“The COVID situation has provided us with an opportunity to attract a ‘who’s-who’ of biological and regenerative agriculture.”
“Even though most of the overseas speakers will be conferencing in from around the world, we will have at least 15 minutes at the end of each presentation where delegates can ask questions,” McGloin added.
A high-profile guest host will chair each day of the conference. On Monday, November 8th, RTÉ’s Philip Boucher Hayes will kick off the event.
Celebrated author and podcast host, Manchán Magan, is at the helm on Tuesday.
Environmental journalist and commentator, John Gibbons, will ask questions on Wednesday, while Ear to the Ground’s Ella McSweeney will cover Thursday and Friday.
Irish residents can purchase online tickets for just €50 for Irish residents; this includes live attendance and lifetime access to recordings.
A limited number of in-person audience packages are available, including a five-day all-access online ticket, plus one night’s B&B with an evening meal in the Landmark Hotel.
For those interested in attending, either in-person or via the online streaming service, email – [email protected] – or call the NOTS office on 0719640688.