The West Country Farming & Machinery Show will host a number of seminars on 22 February 2023 on topics relevant to farmers and farming today in the South West.

Find out what they are here…

10:30: Road rules and red diesel: Sponsored by Mitchell and Webber

National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) and HMRC Q&A session providing attendees with the opportunity to clarify the situation regarding agricultural vehicles on the road and new red diesel rules. It’s hoped to also include a police representative to talk about the use of red diesel in farm and contracting situations, as well as road safety.


Chair – Jill Hewitt, NAAC


  • Steve Clarke, HMRC Oils & Fuel Duty Policy Lead
  • James Brannan, Senior Policy Advisor within the HMRC’s Oils & Fuel Duty Policy Team.
  • Representative from Mitchell and Webber: Supplying the fuels of the future

11:30 Alternatives to artificial fertiliser: Sponsored by Edwards Agricultural Supplies | Soil Advisory UK

A look at the products currently available to farmers and what’s coming in the future with speakers from independent research organisations, water companies and commercial outlets producing fertiliser from sewage and other water streams.


Chair – Tim Stephens, Wessex Water


  • Dr Marie Kirby, Harper Adams – Making better use of livestock slurries and manures – what the future holds
  • Pawel Kisielewski, CCm Technologies – fertilisers made with captured carbon dioxide and biological waste materials
  • David Edwards, Edwards Soil Advisory: The science behind seaweed fertiliser and how best to assess correct application rates

13.00: On-farm energy production: Sponsored by Belltown Power

A look at the new technologies coming on stream for electricity production and storage. Solar and diesel generators costed alongside grid-sourced power. Battery storage options. Possible speakers to include an energy broker and representatives from suppliers of this new tech.


Chair – Nick Fone


  • Stuart Bradshaw, Push Flex – new technology to make battery storage viable – making solar pay
  • Guy Gillmore, The Good Heat Company – jargon busting – what to look at when considering a new solar installation
  • Cherry Hall, Belltown Power: Explaining the process necessary to get planning for ground-based solar 

14:00 Alternative fuels for farm machinery: Sponsored by Gavin Dixon

Presentations on the viability of new sources of energy with the potential to power agricultural equipment including methane, hydrogen and possibly battery/electric. Speakers from some of the firms developing the technology as well as farmers with first-hand experience of running machines using alternative energy sources.


Chair – Nick Fone


  • Dr Chris Mann, Bennamann – capturing fugitive methane from livestock slurries
  • Kate and Kevin Hoare – farmer experience of running a New Holland tractor on methane produced on-farm



More about our seminar sponsors

Edwards Agricultural Supplies | Soil Advisory UK

Edwards Agricultural Supplies supply the whole of the UK with their own manufactured EASy range of natural seaweed products, plant growth promoting bacteria and mycorrhizae fungi, suitable for all crops.

The EASy range gives a very competitive alternative to chemical fertilisers,  aiding farmers to improve margins whilst helping the environment.

Gavin Dixon Finance Solutions Ltd

A member of the UK’s leading rural finance brokers. Gavin Dixon Finance Solutions (GDFS) find the right solution to address individual business-to-business finance requirements. It will always work closely with its customers to ensure the best finance product is found to meet your business needs.

Contact number: 01308 480 248.

Belltown Power

Belltown Power is an established clean energy company at the leading edge of project development in the UK.

Founded in 2013 by a team of highly experienced renewable energy professionals, they have successfully delivered over 200MW of now operating wind, solar, and hydropower capacity across Scotland, Wales, and England.

They are committed to playing their part in enabling the energy transition and combating the climate emergency. They already have an expanding pipeline of over 1GW of unsubsidised UK wind and solar projects under development and are actively pursuing further opportunities in floating offshore wind and green hydrogen production.

Contact number: +44 (0) 117 303 5217


Mitchell & Webber

Mitchell & Webber supplies fuel and lubricants to the agricultural sector in Cornwall and Devon. In addition to efficient fuel delivery service, it also supplies and installs a range of oil storage tanks in Cornwall and Devon to meet the latest fuel storage standards and regulations.

The West Country Farming & Machinery Show is taking place on 22 February and is FREE, book your tickets here. For more information on how to book a seminar slot, email us here.