Farmers throughout Southern England have the opportunity to attend an event that could vitalise their operation by teaching how to reduce carbon emissions.

The event, hosted by established agrifood business Bartholomews at New Place Hotel in Shirrell Heath on March 27, aims to help farmers secure lucrative supply contracts.

Farmers can expect to learn techniques to grow low-carbon cereals and thus contribute to more sustainable crops.

The event is a notable collaboration between Bartholomews, Marks & Spencer, BASF and Fertiberia. The latter, an organisation championing low-carbon nitrate fertiliser, plays an important role by illustrating its green fertilisers effectiveness on reducing farm emissions and improving yields.

The conference offers further insights into Marks & Spencer's net-zero commitment. Agriculture manager Vivienne Harris will expatiate on the retailer's drive to create net-zero cereal contracts. Richard Corden from BASF will share the latest breakthroughs in precision agriculture and carbon management.

Gary Herman, CEO of Bartholomews, said: "The agricultural sector’s ongoing transformative phase is being marked by buzzwords such as sustainability, biodiversity net gain, and regenerative farming, but such rhetoric can lead to confusion, leaving farmers uncertain about how to optimise their operations for both environmental and financial sustainability.

"This conference will bring together food industry experts and agribusiness leaders to showcase the types of innovations that will help farmers drastically cut their carbon footprints and ultimately win premium supply contracts."

With over 140 years in the business, Bartholomews, based in Chichester, works with farmers across Southern England, aiding in future-proofing farm systems.

Registrations start at 9.15am, with presentations running from 10am to 4pm.