Agenda

Date

October 21-22, 2019

Location

London, UK

Conference Agenda

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Keynote Session:

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Wilson Boardman

Micromix Plant Health Ltd, UK

Title: Solving the Nitrate Problem

Biography:

Wilson Boardman in his early career was working in the pesticide industry in both technical and commercial roles for multi-national manufacturers. Micromix was acquired by the OLMIX group in June 2018 and Wilson is now the Global Ambassador for Plant Care Products for the French owned group. Micromix recently was awarded a research grant by the UK government of a little over $1m to develop its technology facilitating crop development under reduced irrigation or drought conditions.

Abstract:

Aim: To develop technologies that promote greater efficiency of crop output per applied unit of nitrogen fertiliser

Nitrogen fertilisers are used and abused all around the world.

  • World grain production has almost tripled in the last 50 years
  • Per capita grain production has increased, reducing global hunger
  • Nitrogen fertilisers have played a significant role in enabling these results by increasing the yields of fast growing, nitrogen hungry crops

Key Drivers:

  • Over application
  • Product Limitations
  • Lack of viable product alternatives

Multi-N™ represents a revolution in Nitrogen Fertiliser Technology.   Foliar applied Nitrogen with almost zero scorch, active plant uptake and reduced pollution.

  • 85% Grain N uptake efficiency
  • 30% reduction in N required/ha
  • High rates of application (up to 90kg N)
  • Can supply total N needs of a crop
  • Low ammonia volatilisation -> no leaf scorch
  • Reduces losses to groundwater >90%
  • Higher Yields even with lower N
  • Reduces Volatilisation losses >35%
  • Easy to use (can even be tank-mixed)
  • Reduces carbon footprint >20%

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Laurent Barbeau

CBD Inc and THC Quebec Inc Canada

Title: Hemp Agriculture (based on Mirror Farm’s hemp cultivation)

Biography:

Laurent Barbeau is the founder of CBD Inc. and THC Québec; he is a CBD white label specialist. He has studied in Digital marketing at Digital Marketer and has a CTU Master Certificate in Cannabis. With over 17 years of experience in the energy drink industry, he has started and grown a solid background in strategy development, implementation, and business development. Over the past two years, he has been developing a worldwide network of professional contacts in the CBD industry and is now the exclusive Canadian licensor of Florida Cannidex LLC brand. His visionary of this CBD emerging market led him to acquire and buy over 45 websites (.com &.ca).

 

Abstract:

The present demonstration will expose what Laurent, CEO of CBD Inc., wants to achieve in the field of hemp agriculture. We chose Mirror Farms because they are Industrial Hemp Farmer and a Cannabidiol Trader that are « obsessed with the hunt for great agricultural land and seed genetics. Their team strive for perfection in all they do as their passion for science, and medicinal development are the forefront of their business ».

That being said, we then have to ask ourselves how it is possible to reach perfection in the field of hemp agriculture? Therefore, with this presentation, we will focus and explore this fast and growing market that represent hemp agriculture which is going viral all over the world. We will demonstrate, by Mirror Farms example, the whole growing process from the planting of the seed to its harvesting. We have to be aware that there are rules and regulation surrounding hemp agriculture even though it is full of potential.  The exposition will also include the farmer’s role in the process. Also, we will analyse different ways to produce and create an agriculture that is clean and respectful of the environment. The fast expansion of hemp agriculture market is a good opportunity to show that it is possible to create greatness in a clean and respectful way for the next generations. Moreover, this new market will create employment, business opportunities and medicinal development.

Oral Session 1:

  • Special Session
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Patrycja G. Bartosz Burdiak

Orbis Cannabis, Poland

Title: Prospects for investment development in the hemp market in Poland – in practical and legal terms

Biography:

Patrycja G. Bartosz Burdiak is the Chairman of the Board of Orbis Cannabis Sp. z o.o. Legal Counsel. She is also Managing legal adviser in Bartosz-Burdiak Law Office;Expert of the Research, Studies and Legislation Center of the National Council of Legal Advisers; Member of the Professional Improvement Committee of the District Chamber of Legal Advisers in Warsaw; Member of the Polish Lawyers Association.

Abstract:

Due to changes in legal regulations which entered into force in November 2017 (mainly the Act on counteracting drug addiction), Poland partially opened its market to some hemp products. It enabled to import hemp as raw medical material and bring it to pharmacies. At the end of October 2019, the first permission to distribute hemp flower in Poland was issued (to Spectrum Cannabis).

Cannabis cultivation for medical purposes is still prohibited, and the maximum THC level in products imported and sold in Poland is 0.2%. Before being sold to the patients, medical cannabis has to inter alia be approved by Office for Registration of Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Biocidal Products.

Interest in the hemp market as an investment instrument is also increasing on the polish investment market. According to forecasts of some analysts, in the near future Poland may become a leading producer of hemp products. A favorable, moderate climate, beneficial changes in legal regulations, lower production costs compared to other european markets encourage foreign and polish investors and make this market very attractive.However, changes in Polish law allowed the cultivation, processing and sale of hemp to obtain CBD oil as an equally important cannabinoid. The popularity of hemp cultivation among polish farmers for the production of CBD (isolate, oil, etc.) has been increasing. This is noticeable in the size of the area that cannabis cultivation occupied in 2017 in comparison to 2019.

Oral Session 2:

  • Agricultural Engineering | Agriculture and Food Security| Plant Science | Agricultural Production Systems & Agribusiness
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Carlo Ferretti

Geo Identity Research, Italy

Title: Geography and geology, real ecological resources of the wine territory: The case of the alto adige DOC wine region in Italy

Biography:

Carlo Ferretti graduated from the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (Italy). Professional geologist since 1992 he has completed over 1,500 geological and  geotechnical projects. Since 2007 he has specialized in the agricultural sector with researches and consultancy to wine producers. He concentrates his skills in the experimental observation of the ecological diversity in relation to environmental indicators and wines’ quality. 

Abstract:

The combination of several natural component such as geography, climate, vine variety together with local cultures and winemakers, influences and shapes the wines qualities around the world. Mainly geology, geomorphology and microclimate are geographical features that can be intended as natural ecological resources of the territory. These are precursor of the biosynthetic activities that promote the biodiversity and the qualitative predisposition of either the vine and wine.

Alto Adige is a small winegrowing regions in Italy in which, thanks to its location in the middle of the multiform Alps mountain range, the aforementioned geographical elements vary outstandingly. For years now, Italian wine guide has awarded Alto Adige a large number of top wine in proportion to its total vineyard area. Our studies show that innovative analytical approach are there required to scientific explain the geographical value linked to the wine original identity. We tried therefore to look at new methods of analysis and classification of the territory at vineyards scale. The results of our recent seeks on both the vineyard’s topoclimate, expressed by the new-found Solar Radiation Identity index (SRI), and the Vineyard Geological identity (VGI) allow us to distinguish and parameterize some environmental indicators. These natural differences seems to be able to give to the local wines many distinctive qualities and links between the vineyards location and the wine’s quality of some grape varieties have been observed. Experimental examines of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot noir and Gewürztraminer wines confirms how geography can increase the local ecological diversity, acting as spatial buffers for the vineyards distribution and quality characteristics.

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Aleksandra Ukalska-Jaruga

Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation, Poland

Title: Monitoring of pesticide content in arable soils of Poland

Biography:

Aleksandra Ukalska-Jaruga is currently in the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation, Poland.

Abstract:

Over the last 20 years, the use of pesticides in Poland significantly increased from 8848 to 24006 tons. The highest level of consumption was recorded for herbicides and fungicides, respectively 12190 and 7737 tons in 2019, which accounted for 83% of its total usage (Statistical Yearbook of Agriculture 2012-2019). The presented data show that the use of these substances in Poland is systematically growing, and people are increasingly exposed to the residues of these compounds in food products. Despite the occurrence of many threats and the possibility of including harmful substances in the biological chain, pesticides are still the most effective method of combating pathogens. Therefore, constant monitoring of the pesticide residue level in soils is necessary, and the information on the actual level of soil environment contamination by these toxic compounds is crucial for the proper assessment of the risk resulting from their application.

The aim of the research was to assess the content of pesticide residues in agricultural soils of Poland according to Polish Regulation (Dz.U. 2016 poz. 1395).

Soil was collected from 216 sampling points (0-25 cm) located throughout the country. The samples were dried, sieved, ground, and then subjected to extraction with organic solvents. Organochlorine pesticides: α-HCH, β-HCH, γ-HCH (Lindane), Aldrin, Dieldrin, Endrin, and 4,4'DDT and its metabolites: 4,4'DDE and 4,4'DDD were extracted in the Accelerated Solvent Extractor (ASE200) with a hexane mixture / acetone (50/50 v / v), purified on deactivated silica gel and determined by gas chromatography with the electron capture detector (GC-μECD). Non-chlorine pesticides such as: Atrazine, Carbaryl and Carbofuran were extracted in ASE200 with a dichloromethane / acetone mixture (50/50 v / v) and purified on deactivated silica gel. Maneb was extracted from the soil by shaking the sample mixed with ethyl acetate. Non-chlorine pesticides were determined using a dual mass spectrometry (GQ QQQ Agilent System) gas method operating in MRM (Multiple Reaction Monitoring) mode.

The research indicated that Polish soils do not contain a high concentration of pesticides, neither non-chlorine (Atrazine, Carbaryl, Carbofuran, Maneb) nor organochlorine compounds (α-HCH, γ-HCH, Aldrin, Dieldrin and Endrin). Nevertheless, the sum of 4,4'DDT / 4,4'DDE / 4,4'DDD was slightly above the limit (> 0.12 mg kg-1), exceeding the permissible content of these compounds in soils in twelve samples. The higher concentrations of DDT may come from the period when DDT was authorized for use in agriculture as indicated by the proportion of 4,4’DDE / 4,4’DDT and high half-livesof these compounds in the soil.

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Stella Agyemang Duah

Szent Istvan University, Hungary

Title: Influence of different shading nets and harvesting periods on Vitamin C and Capsaicinoids content in chilli pepper

Biography:

Stella Agyemang Duah completed MPhil in Post Harvest Technology at the age of 28 years from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and currently a 3rd year PHD candidate at the Plant Science School, Szent István University, Godollo, Hungary.
Reserach Interests:
Food security, food science, Crop production and Analytical Chemistry. 

Abstract:

The study was carried out to establish how the use of different shading nets could influence the vitamin C and total Capsaicinoids content in ‘Star Flame’ chilli pepper (Capsicum annuum) grown under plastic house conditions. Three different shading net colours namely red, green and white under two harvesting periods were used in this experiment. Peppers without shading nets were used as control. ‘Star Flame’ chilli pepper were subjected to chromatographic analyses using HPLC for the determination of total Capsaicinoids and vitamin C. Interaction in different shading nets and harvesting periods (p = 0.010) had significant effect on total Capsaicinoids as a result of green and white shading showing higher differences when compared to control samples. Vitamin C content was observed to have increased in white and red shadings (p=0.001) after the first harvest and gradually decreased after the second harvesting time (p=0.002).

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Fulvio Conti

Almaviva S.p.A, Italy

Title: Precision Agriculture

Biography:

Fulvio Conti is Head of Agriculture and Environment Practice in Almaviva.In 2015 he was appointed head of Agriculture and Environment practices after having held the position of delvery manager of the Agriculture area. In this context, it has implemented innovative projects in the Agea (Italian Paying Agencies) and Mipaaf areas, aimed at implementing the CAP Reform 2014-2018, the related administrative requirements and compliance with the three-year AGID plan.

Abstract:

Technological progress pushes farmers to abandon the traditional agricultural practices and to replace them with innovative tools optimizing farming activities in a double perspective:
• Improving the efficiency of costs and resources to increase the productivity;
• Facilitating the access to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) aids, whose complexity involves a relevant expenditure of time on red tape.

The long-standing experience of AlmavivA led to the birth of the platform “AlmavivA Agriculture, Technological Innovation for Agricultural Enterprises”. A modular and configurable platform based on Open Source and 100% Cloud technologies, which makes it possible to fully support the Agricultural Enterprises, from farm management to CAP requests.

The platform represents an information ecosystem supporting farmers in the management of the productive activity and administration in the red tape processes through cutting-edge technologies:
GIS interface & Blockchain:
o Geo-localization of cultivations to declare parcels (mandatory for the CAP);
o Full tracking of the production chain with graphic representation of the enterprise (transparency to the consumers).
• Copernicus Satellites: use of updated satellite data for a continuous monitoring of the land to:
o Optimize cultivation methods;
o Enable AGEA to perform CAP controls.

IoT, A.I. & Precision Agriculture: optimizing the use of water and pesticides to increase the environmental sustainability of the productive process. A network of IoT devices analyses the land to establish the exact quantity and frequency of resources required. Using these data, an automatic calculation algorithm of the resource’s requirements helps to elaborate an automatic distribution tool based on A.I.

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Inmaculada Gonzalez Torres

Meat Technology Centre, Spain

Title: Effects of organic and mineral fertilizers on the yield of potato

Biography:

Inmaculada González is agronomist engineer and currently works in the Project Office of the Meat Technology Center since 2009, developing researched and developed projects and transfer and dissemination management tasks. She has participated in more than 80 RDi projects along with others for tax deduction, has published a book of dissemination and various communications to congresses.

Abstract:

Experiments at the testing field of Meat Technology Centre situated in Laguna de Antela, Ourense, Spain (42° 6′ N, 7° 42′ W) during 2017-2018 evaluated poultry manure (PM) and solid fraction of pig slurry (PS) as a fertilizer. Tree levels of SFPS fertilization, using different mixtures of solid pig slurry (20, 30 and 40 m3) and poultry manure (25m3) were compared with a mineral fertilizer (N 26%) control. The fertilization treatments were repeated each year on the same plots. 20 parcels were sown with Agria variety, highly adapted to this region. The two central grooves from each parcel were collected l and the quality analysis and crop yield were done.

All the crops tested responded markedly fertilization, giving the following production data (expressed as kilogram per hectare): 76,595 kg ha-1 C, 69,290 kg ha-1 PM, 64,194 kg ha-1 high PS, 62,606 kg/ha low PS and 62,006 kg ha-1 medium PS.

if we pay attention to commercial production, the most effective fertilization formula was chemical and poultry manure. In the case of high PS, a pronounced descent between gross production (64,194 kg ha-1) and commercial (48,408 kg ha-1) was observed.

Among the treatments with different amount of pig manure, it can be concluded that the increase of this only slightly raises the commercial production for a medium dose application. With this type of organic fertilizer, the productions are lower than those obtained with the controls. This suggests that a mixture of organic fertilizer from the solid fraction of pig manure and remains of chicken beds can be very suitable for potato fertilization.

 

 

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Inmaculada Gonzalez Torres

Meat Technology Centre, Spain

Title: Effects of pig slury application on growth and yield of maize crop

Biography:

Inmaculada González is agronomist engineer and currently works in the Project Office of the Meat Technology Center since 2009, developing researched and developed projects and transfer and dissemination management tasks. She has participated in more than 80 RDi projects along with others for tax deduction, has published a book of dissemination and various communications to congresses.

Abstract:

The management of pig manure is a problem of crucial environmental and economic interest, especially in Mediterranean countries, like Spain, where a dense concentrations of intensive fattening pigs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of pig slurry (PS), liquid fraction previously separated, as a substitute of mineral fertilizer in the maize crop in the experimental parcel situated in the district of A Limia (Galicia, NW Spain). This study was carried out with 2 replications and 20 parcels according to randomized complete blocks trial design between 2017 and 2018 as two separate experiments. The treatments consisted of using mineral fertilization recommended for the maize crop (200 kg ha-1), without fertilization, and PS doses (7, 13 and 20 l m-2 in 3 irrigations). Additionally, all plants received 750 kg∙of 8-24-16 ha-1 at planting time. Maize yield was evaluated. The high application rate of the organic fertilizer raised a production to 45,230 kg ha-1, followed by mineral trial with 44,409 kg ha-1. Lesser differences among the rest of the treatments were found, obtained 40,757 kg ha-1 without slurry added, 40,735 and 40,256 kg ha-1 with medium and low pig manure respectively. The mineral fertilization in maize can be replaced by high pig slurry doses (20 l slurry m-2 and 30 l water m-2) with no loss of yield components.

Height and weight of corn were determined. Regarding the weight of 10 corn, the medium PS was the best result. Results indicated a positive and significant effect of nitrogen fertilization over productivity parameters.