One of the top farming events in Devon's calendar is here.

Rootstock is a conference for the South West farming community and is committed to forward-looking, profitable and suitable farming is primed to return to Westpoint Exeter on 14th February 2024.  

UK agriculture is changing faster than for generations.

Climate change, world markets, subsidy, policy, and social attitudes are combining to make long term and even short-term practical planning for profitability harder than ever for famers. 

While certainties are being undermined and finding trustworthy and reliable advice on management is becoming increasingly challenging, new regenerative approaches are being developed, many of which are rooted in an age-old understanding of what works best for the land.

The Rootstock conference aims to highlight some of these approaches, ideas as well as the latest technical developments and will involve four sessions, each of which will be based around contextualised science, with a mixture of expert speakers from scientists to hands-on farmers. 

Sir Harry Studholme, conference organiser and Devon County Agricultural Association Council Member, is delighted to bring Rootstock back for a second year. 

‘We ran the first conference as a pilot last year and were thrilled with the level of attendance and the positive feedback.  We have had industry experts queuing up to speak at the 2024 event and are confident that it will provide farmers with an even greater insight into how they can increase their resilience and profitability, whilst working in harmony with their land.’

Rootstock takes place on 14th February at Westpoint Arena in Exeter.  Tickets cost £30 for Devon County Agricultural Association members and farmers who book before 31 December, which includes a buffet lunch.  From 1st January tickets increase to £40. 

For further information about the event and to see the confirmed line up of speakers, click here.