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CANCELLED- EAST OF ENGLAND FARMING CONFERENCE 2019

CANCELLED- EAST OF ENGLAND FARMING CONFERENCE 2019

Bad weather and political indecisiveness were today cited for the cancellation of the East of England Farming Conference that was due to be held on the 14th November at the East of England Showground.

Political inconclusiveness has been prevalent throughout the process of organising this year’s conference. Those working within agricultural politics and the auxiliary industries have their hands full keeping up with the changing directions of Brexit and now have the challenge of a general election to compete with.

Farmers are looking for answers about the future, the extension of Brexit negotiations means that speakers invited to talk about politics and policy would be skirting around the topics, unable to provide some of the answers that an exit on the 31st of October would have provided. 

The East of England Farming Conference prides itself on providing farmers, food producers and industry specialists the knowledge to return to their business better equipped to make practical and informed decisions. Unfortunately, with the recent run of bad weather having an effect across the country, delegates have been reluctant to commit with many key tasks on the farm still outstanding. 

Conference Chairman Tom Martin says “Our organising committee have been looking forward to introducing delegates to the first-rate speakers at the 2019 Conference so the decision to cancel the event has not been made lightly. 

Several of our committee have first-hand experience of the impact that the poor weather has had over the last few months. We want to organise a conference for those in the thick of the action, and this year the action will most likely still be out in the fields on the 14th November.”

The East of England Farming Conference will return on the 5th November 2020 at the East of England Showground. Delegates who have purchased tickets for 2019 conference will be offered the chance to carry their booking over to next year.  

Politics, challenges and innovation in an uncertain world – its all on the agenda at the East of England Farming Conference

Politics, challenges and innovation in an uncertain world – its all on the agenda at the East of England Farming Conference

Session Chairman Emily Norton, with her overview…  

Is predicting the content of a political debate just 2 weeks after Brexit date a fools game? Impossible to say – I gave a talk on 29 March this year where I fully expected us to be discussing the imminent political melt-down, but none occurred. In any event, whether it’s in or out, the feeling is that we will be facing a late Autumn general election, either to break the deadlock or to refresh the political landscape. As a result, I’m particularly interested to hear what Shadow Defra Secretary Sue Hayman has to say at the East of England Farming Conference political debate. Labour have an uphill battle to engage with rural audiences – out of the 50 most rural constituencies in the UK, none are held by Labour. A Fair Food Act, announced at the recent Labour party conference, arguably stirs up the ‘food as a public good’ debate, and the pledge to achieve net zero by 2030 is typical of the radical and progressive policies being pushed out under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. If we’re facing a second referendum as well as a general election, it will be most interesting to hear whether Ms Hayman is proposing that the CAP or an Agriculture Bill offers the industry better prospects. And would she retain or change the planned Environment Bill, which could have a dramatic impact on land managers across the country.

Alongside Sue Hayman is Paul Temple, of the AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds board. Paul is a well-known and capable advocate of pragmatic modern agriculture and will ensure the voice of farmers is well represented in the panel debate. Don’t forget that the audience and social media viewers also will be on hand with questions and opinions too.

One thing for sure is that the challenges facing farming do not get any smaller. Our final two speakers offer a fascinating balance on the big picture drivers. Matt Shardlow of environmental campaign group BugLife is a prominent critic of intensive agriculture, and Matthew Smith of global feed business AllTech is Vice-President of the fastest-increasing protein consumption territory globally in Asia-Pacific. Reconciling the role that intensive agriculture has in meeting the food, fibre and fuel needs of billions of people, with the environmental impact of doing so, particularly in the context of the climate debate, is critical.

If we have the ability to do things differently either outside the CAP, or even within the content of a CAP national strategic plan, finding a way to bring our shared goals together in a policy framework is more important than ever. Challenging our political influencers in the context of an election and possible referendum that will pit food, trade and environment at the very front of the debate is critical. We may not have more clarity by 14 November, but I hope we can debate the issues with a view to finding consensus and a path to rebuilding our fractured industry.

Inform, Engage, Apply – Making it Happen at EoEFC19

Inform, Engage, Apply – Making it Happen at EoEFC19

NEWS RELEASE
23rd August 2019

The East of England Farming Conference is excited to announce key information for their 5th annual farming conference taking place at the East of England Showground on the 14th November.

Organised by the East of England Agricultural Society and titled “Make it Happen” the conference for practical people, aims to promote engaging discussions and inspiring ideas that can be applied to the business at home.
Opening speaker for the conference is well respected farming advocate, journalist and Editor of the Farmers Guardian, Ben Briggs.

Session 1 titled “Decision Makers” and chaired by Emily Norton, welcomes Matt Shardlow, Chief Executive of Buglife, Paul Temple, Chair of the AHDB’s Cereals and Oilseeds Board, who will be joined by Matthew Smith, Vice President of Alltech and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sue Hayman.

Session 2 titled “Ground Breakers” and chaired by Tom Bradshaw, introduces a wealth of innovative experts from across the industry: Ashley Gilman, Cranswick PLC’s Agriculture Manager; Jon Clarke, Head of Business Development at the John Innes Centre; Stuart Hill, Head of Innovation & Technology for Hutchinsons and finally Stuart Blyth; Head of Business development for Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL)

For Session 3 titled “Innovators” and chaired by conference Chairman Tom Martin, we welcome an inspirational line up of businessmen & women: Sheena Horner, proprietor of Galloway Chillies; James Corbett, managing director at Ridgeway Foods; Sam Arthur, senior ecologist for FPCR; Jamie Racjan, Fungi Delecti

“We are really looking forward to this year’s conference, we have a fantastic line up of influential speakers from across the industry who we believe will be able to inspire and motivate delegates, helping them to prepare for the opportunities ahead” said East of England Farming Conference Chairman Tom Martin.

To book your tickets for the 2019 conference, visit www.eoefarmingconference.co.uk/tickets

10 Reasons to attend the 2018 East of England Farming Conference

10 Reasons to attend the 2018 East of England Farming Conference

11th September 2018

East of England Farming Conference 2018, are you Fit for the Future?

To find out the answer make sure you have booked your ticket to the hottest agricultural conference taking place this year.

Organised by the East of England Agricultural Society and held at the East of England Showground the conference is designed to share solid information with delegates from all aspects of the industry providing them with ideas and inspiration that they can take away and adopt in their own businesses and careers.

The day will comprise of three sessions, each with four speakers. Each session has its own theme, style and carefully selected speakers to share their story and inspire the entire audience. There will be breaks throughout the day including lunch as well as time before and after the conference, creating opportunities for discussion and networking.

So why attend? Here are our top 10 reasons why you should book your ticket now;

  1. Inspiration, with guest speakers from Government MPs, Company Directors, CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Farmers and agri Businesses, there is some thought provoking debate to cover all.
  2. Business, the conference will host a great selection of agricultural related trade stands covering all aspects of the industry giving you the chance to see the latest innovations and technologies.
  3. Connect, with pre and post event print and online coverage from our in-house marketing team plus the new media partnership with Anglia Farmer and Midland Farmer our social media channels will be live and accessible for people to get involved and connect.
  4. Knowledge, no matter how experienced you are at your business everyone can learn and yes you can teach an old dog a new trick!
  5. Network, industry conferences provide a great opportunity to network with your peers and potential new business.
  6. New beginnings learn dynamic new things outside your own field, things which you may have never considered before.
  7. Growing your brand, everyone has their own brand be it personal, organisation or both attending our conference will give you many openings to be able to get involved
  8. Social, with such an isolated industry it’s healthy to get out with your fellow farmers, friends and colleagues, make a day of it.
  9. Dedicated, the professional team at the East of England Agricultural Society will ensure your visit and experience at the showground is enjoyable and a day to remember.
  10. Why not? It’s a quiet time of the year and it’s cheaper than a day shooting!

To find out more about the conference and to attend the event as a delegate, please book your tickets online via our website www.eastofengland.org.uk.

If you would like to have a trade stand or to find out more about our sponsorship opportunities please contact Ruth on RTrolove@eastofengland.org.uk or call 01733 234451.

Decision Makers, Ground Breakers and Risk Takers take centre stage at this year’s EoEFC

Decision Makers, Ground Breakers and Risk Takers take centre stage at this year’s EoEFC

The East of England Farming Conference is excited to announce a solid line up of speakers for their 4th annual farming conference taking place on the 1 November.

This year’s conference organised by the East of England Agricultural Society and titled “Fit for the Future” is crafted to challenge industry business leaders to understand, embrace, and adapt to change in the coming years.

Heading up the day’s events are political heavy weights and industry leaders which include: Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Labour MP for Workington, Sue Hayman; Conservative MP and Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee Neil Parish; NFU Vice Chairman Stuart Roberts and to complete session 1 titled “Decision makers” is founder and chief executive of the Sustainable Food Trust Patrick Holden CBE.

In session 2 titled “Ground Breakers” we introduce innovative and pioneering leading experts from a range of industries. AHDB Strategic farmer, Brian Barker; Hertfordshire farmer and director of Groundswell farming conference John Cherry; Consultant Bioagronomist for PlantWorks Ltd, Jamie Stotzka; and William Wells, Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Technologies.

The third and final session “Risk Takers” will welcome an inspirational line up of farmers, businessmen/women and entrepreneurs starting with Stephen Jones, founder and director of The British Quinoa Company; Emily & Guy French, Foxes Farm Produce; and Wil Armitage, Organic Dairy Farmer.

Commenting on this year’s conference session 1 speaker, NFU Vice Chairman Stuart Roberts said; “This year’s East of England Farming Conference comes at such an interesting time for the industry. I am looking forward to looking beyond Brexit and start to assess some of the longer term trends that will influence our industry over the next decade.”

To find out more about the conference and to attend the event as a delegate, please book your tickets online via www.eoefarmingconference.co.uk

If you would like to have a trade stand or to find out more about our sponsorship opportunities please contact Ruth on RTrolove@eastofengland.org.uk or call 01733 234451.

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Note to editors

The East of England Farming Conference is owned and managed by the East of England Agricultural Society and takes place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough PE2 6XE.

Launched in 2015 the East of England Farming Conference offers progressive farmers, business men and women, students and guests alike an opportunity to attend an event which inspires engages and motivates, plus an enjoyable and social day.

Conference sponsors include: AS Communications, Roythornes, British Sugar, Brown & Co., CXCS, Soil Fertility Services, Land Family Business, Daltons Seeds, Easton Otley, NFU, Produce World, Syngenta, Active Business Partnerships, and Premium Crops

For further press information please contact Kerry Buttriss on 01733 234451 or email Kbuttriss@eastofengland.org.uk For more information about the East of England Agricultural Society please visit our website on www.eastofengland.org.uk