First sustainable farming school being created in UK

The UK’s first School of Sustainable Food and Farming is being launched at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

Supported by Morrisons and co-partner RAFT Solutions, the school will draw on academic and practical expertise, as well as industry networks, to develop knowledge and skills for farmers and other businesses in the supply chain, who are committed to reducing the environmental impact of food production.

The school will support and further develop production systems research geared towards more sustainable farming. Research topics will include livestock breed choice, diet composition, yield improvement, agricultural building design, on-farm renewable energy, precision farming, sensors and use of data.

Using knowledge from the search, the school will develop practical advice and guidance to help farmers adjust their practices to be more sustainable. 

Professor Michael Lee, Harper Adams deputy vice-chancellor said: “We are extremely excited to team up with Morrisons and RAFT Solutions to deliver this critically-needed collaboration which will support the transition to a more sustainable food system delivering to both human and planetary health.

“The initial targets will be centred around how to achieve net-zero UK agriculture. However, the ambition of the school will include wider aspects of sustainability including biodiversity, animal welfare, rural community support, green energy production and farm profitability.”

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