I1: Conservation

Conservation Agriculture (CA) is gaining ground all over the world. This growing system has many benefits for the farmer and meets demands for sustainability with regard to climate, biodiversity and nutrient retention in the cultivated zone. Conservation Agriculture consists of three basic principles, namely A. minimal soil disturbance (no-till), B. maintenance of a permanent vegetative cover or mulch on the soil surface and C. diversified crop rotation (never the same two crops following each other twice in a row).

Time Programme
12:00 noon Departure from Vingsted, lunch on the bus
12:45 pm Arrival at dairy farmer Tommy Nielsen, Give, who grows his soil according to Conservation Agriculture principles
12:55 pm Intro by Tommy Nielsen, who has 114 hectares and 75 large-breed dairy cows, and who drills corn directly in a green cover crop

1:10 pm Intro to Arlas goal to be climate neutral in 2050 by Jan Toft Nørgaard, chairman of the multinational dairy giant Arla Foods, incl. a Conservation Agriculture angle. Sustainability Director Jan D. Johannesen, Arla Foods, will also take part.
1:25 pm The impact of ploughing, harrowing and Conservation Agriculture according to results from the project Carbon-Farm by Senior Researcher Jørgen Aagaard Axelsen, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University.
1.40 pm Tour of the farm with possibilities for individual interviews of the three speakers
2:25 pm Afternoon coffee
2:45 pm Departure
3:15 pm Visit Jens Erik Pust, Gyldenlund by Give, who will tell us about his farm and marketing of more grain varieties from his farm and grinded on his own mill with a focus on climate and biodiversity via Conservation Agriculture.

The flour is sold in the farm shop and via the farms webshop to commercial kitchens and a supermarket.

4:25 pm Departure

Guide: Niels Damsgaard Hansen

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