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New farm science resources announced for host farmers

BBSRC has funded three new public engagement projects to produce on-farm activities that will inspire and educate people about the science behind farming and food production. The activities will be used by farmers and visiting scientists at LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday on 5 June 2016.

Screen-Shot-2016-05-18-at-15.58.21.png#aOpen Farm Sun­day, man­aged by LEAF (Link­ing Envi­ron­ment And Farm­ing) is the farm­ing industry’s annu­al open day where the pub­lic can find out how their food is pro­duced and the work farm­ers do to man­age the coun­try­side. Since 2006, over 1,000 farm­ers across the UK have opened their gates and wel­comed over 1.5M peo­ple onto farms across the UK. The activ­i­ties fund­ed by BBSRC focus on egg pro­duc­tion and soils, as well as whole farm’ sci­ence to enable vis­i­tors to under­stand the impor­tance of farm­ing with­in the con­text of food secu­ri­ty and raise aware­ness of how UK bio­science under­pins the agri­cul­tur­al industry.

Dr Patrick Mid­dle­ton, Head of Engage­ment at BBSRC, said: LEAF’s Open Farm Sun­day is such a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to engage peo­ple with the rel­e­vance of research to farm­ing and, ulti­mate­ly, the food on our plates. ”

Annabel Shack­le­ton, Man­ag­er of LEAF’s Open Farm Sun­day, said: Con­nect­ing peo­ple with their food, where it comes from and how it’s grown is a fun­da­men­tal part of deliv­er­ing more sus­tain­able food and farm­ing. The more we under­stand about our food and how it is pro­duced, the more we come to val­ue it and the work farm­ers do. LEAF’s Open Farm Sun­day enables peo­ple to dis­cov­er the world of farm­ing first hand. We are delight­ed to be work­ing togeth­er with BBSRC to bring vis­i­tors a range of excit­ing new hands-on activ­i­ties which will cap­ti­vate, engage and inform peo­ple about the sci­ence behind farm­ing and how sci­ence is help­ing farm­ers to meet the chal­lenges of cli­mate change, a grow­ing glob­al pop­u­la­tion and ris­ing health issues in inno­v­a­tive and sus­tain­able ways.”

Fund­ed projects:

Improv­ing soil to improve our food — Pro­fes­sor Dun­can Cameron, Uni­ver­si­ty of Sheffield

A root-view­ing based activ­i­ty to high­light to a fam­i­ly audi­ence the impor­tance of main­tain­ing healthy soil for our crops and livestock.

Where’s the sci­ence in that? — Dr Simon Grif­fiths, John Innes Centre

An activ­i­ty to encour­age vis­i­tors to learn about the sci­ence involved in the arable year. 

Cute eggs - Dr Ian Dunn, Roslin Institute

An activ­i­ty to com­mu­ni­cate the impor­tance of the invis­i­ble pro­tein cuti­cle that sur­rounds an egg in pro­tect­ing it from harm­ful bacteria.

All reg­is­tered Open Farm Sun­day host farm­ers will be able to gain free access to these new sci­ence based resources, togeth­er with a wide range of oth­er resources when they reg­is­ter to host an Open Farm Sun­day event on the 5th June 2016.

To view the new Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy pages click here.

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