Impressive line-up announced for East of England Farming Conference

By 16th September 2016News

Four leading figures from organisations including the Country Land and Business Association, Greenpeace, Tenant Farmers Association, and National Federation of Young Farmers, will profile post-Brexit opportunities within farming, at this year’s East of England Farming Conference.

The prestigious event, taking place at the Showground on 3 November 2016, brings farmers together to discuss important issues within farming, including challenges facing the next generation, as well as innovation within agriculture.

Headlining the first session on the agenda is CLA Deputy President and Cambridgeshire farmer, Tim Breitmeyer; Dr Douglas Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director at Greenpeace; Tenant Farmers Association Chief Executive, George Dunn, and Ed Ford, Vice President of the National Federation of Young Farmers.

Chaired by Richard Whitlock, the panel will discuss the opportunities farmers can embrace when Britain leaves the European Union.

Representing the CLA, Tim Breitmeyer is a well-known Cambridgeshire farmer at the Bartlow Estate. Servicing seven clients with contract farming, Tim has also developed a sugar beet harvesting and haulage business.

Dr Douglas Parr from Greenpeace is currently working on climate change policy in the power, heat and transport sectors, and also on the implications of Brexit.

George Dunn from the Tenant Farmers Association represents his organisation on the Tenancy Reform Industry Group and was a member of the DEFRA-established Future of Farming Review Group between 2013 and 2014. George is also a National Trust Specialist Volunteer on land-use issues.

Completing the line-up is Ed Ford, Chairman of Eastern Area Young Farmers and Vice Chairman of the National Federation. With his father and brother, Ed manages his family’s 1,500-acre farm in south Essex. Awarded the Farmers Guardian Farming Hero in 2014, Ed has recently completed the Challenge of Rural Leadership Course organised by the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

Headline sponsors of the conference include Anglia Farmers, Bayer, Brown & Co, Camgrain, Churchgates, EDGE Careers, Opportunity Peterborough, Roythornes, and Trelleborg.

Further information about the conference and ticket bookings can be found by visiting the conference website- www.eoefarmingconference.co.uk

Members of the Society receive discount on the ticket price. Please contact the Society office for a code to book online.

Please call William Haire should you require any more information about the conference, trade stand and sponsorship opportunities on 01733234451 and select the Livestock/Agriculture option from the option list.

Ruth Trolove

Ruth Trolove

Ruth works across a number of society events, including the East of England Farming Conference, Shuttleworth Lecture and Winter Stock Festival. Ruth is also the point of contact for Cultiv8 and the Society membership.