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5 March 2015, UK Irrigation Association Spring Conference

The EU WFD has been with us since 2000 but for many businesses and regulators the critical date is 2015 when Member States have to ensure that all aquatic ecosystems and wetlands meet 'good status'. Failure to achieve this target in catchments where irrigated production is concentrated could have far reaching business and rural economy implications.Ultimately, the success of the WFD will depend largely on farmers who manage some 90% of our land and water resources. How they manage the land influences water availability and quality and in turn water availability and quality influences how farmers use the land.

But how will the policies and actions to implement the WFD impact on the future sustainability of irrigation abstractions for agriculture and horticulture? What options are available to hold more water on farm? Will this influence what farmers can grow? And the big question is — if farmers must change their management practices and incur costs to conform to the WFD requirements, who benefits and who pays?

Chairman
David Evans, Independent water resource consultant
Speakers
Christine Tuckett Deputy Director, Agriculture & Land Management, EA— A regulator’s perspective
Andrew Clark (TBC), Director of Policy, NFU—A farm business perspective
Kevin Hiscock University of East Anglia—Modifying cropping systems for water quality
Paul Quinn Newcastle University—Holding more water on the farm: what can farmers do?
Steve Smith URS Infrastructure—An aquatic ecosystem services approach: who benefits and who pays?
Paul Hammett NFU—Conference roundup
Special guest speakers
Will Sarni Deloitte Consulting USA—Why water is becoming a critical business issue
Toby Waine Cranfield University— Unmanned aerial vehicles and remote sensing in agriculture

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Booking (BASIS CPD points available)
UKIA members £125 (incl VAT)
Non-members £170 (incl VAT)
Student/retired members £50 (incl VAT)
Trade stands £300 (incl VAT)