Cultiv8 Making a success of succession

Making a Success of Succession

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Cultiv8, the East of England Agricultural Society’s membership group for young professionals in the Agri-Food industries, is delighted to release details about their forthcoming event, titled “Making a Success of Succession”.

Taking place on Thursday 21st February, at the East of England Showground, the session will cover succession in agriculture and family businesses.

Topics being covered through the evening include planning, timing, legal documents, tax implications, common mistakes, pensions and nursing care. All areas which can sometimes be awkward to discuss with family members and are better managed with information and facts at hand.

The key speaker for the evening is Sian Bushell from Sian Bushell Associates. As a trained facilitator with a wealth of experience in the agricultural sector, Sian helps any type of family business to develop successful succession plans.   

Sian’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Cultiv8 Chairman Rob Wilkinson, who will be joined by Sian Bushell, Clare Harris – Associate, Greenwoods GRM and Francis Hudson – Tax Director, MHA MacIntyre Hudson plus Cultiv8 member and Land Agent Tom Arthey, Arthey Associates with opportunities for Q&A from the audience.

“We are really looking forward to hosting this evening talk with such a hot topic. Succession is a big and often awkward subject, especially in the farming industry. We look to provide guests with useful and applicable information that will help them start the important conversations and aid them in protecting and future proofing their businesses”, said Ruth Trolove, Agricultural Development Coordinator for the East of England Agricultural Society.

The event is open to all and is FREE attend but places must be booked in advance via our website www.eastofengland.org.uk/event/making-a-success-of-succession

If you would like any further information about the event or Cultiv8, please contact Ruth Trolove on RTrolove@EastofEngland.org.uk or 01733 363509

Bishop of Ely appointed Patron of Marshal Papworth fund

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The Right Reverend Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely, has been appointed as patron of the Marshal Papworth Trust, a charitable fund educate agricultural and horticultural students from developing countries in UK colleges and universities,

Formed in 2001, the Marshal Papworth Fund runs UK-based scholarship and short course programmes from funds bequeathed from Huntingdonshire farmer Marshal Papworth. The fund is wholly managed by the East of England Agricultural Society.

Through its scholarship programmes the fund develops life changing, land-based skills, enabling students, from developing countries to facilitate sustainable farming within their own communities.

Tom Arthey, Marshal Papworth Fund chairman, said: “We are thrilled that Bishop Stephen becomes the Fund’s patron. We look forward to working closely with him to identify and nurture potential partners, sponsors and advocates to help us secure the fund’s future and enable many more agricultural students from developing countries to benefit from our scholarships.”

Since the formation of the Marshal Papworth Fund, 18 years ago, the charity has helped more than 195 students from developing countries to achieve their dreams and help their home communities. To sustain its programme and make it possible for many more students from around the world to benefit from the education it provides, the fund relies on donations.

Bishop Stephen said: “I have long enjoyed an association with the East of England Agricultural Society, so when I was asked to help support the great work that the charity undertakes I was only too pleased. I have played a major role in building up links with Churches overseas and have travelled to South Sudan and Latvia on behalf of the Diocese of Salisbury and Vellore in South India as Bishop of Ely. I have recently visited Kigali in Rwanda to build the new inter-diocesan link and know the importance that the role of sustainability plays in securing social, ecological and commercial longevity.”

Find out more about our Marshal Papworth imitative here.

Christmas & New Years Opening Times

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The East of England Agricultural Society offices will be closed from 21st December to the 2nd January.

Please call 01733 234451 to leave a message or email us at info@eastofengland.org.uk and someone will get back to you at the earliest convenience.

From all of us here at the East of England Showground, we wish you a very merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

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Peterborough Dinner Details Now Available

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Peterborough Dinner 2018

Date 15th November 2018
Time 7PM arrival to be seated at 7.30pm
Venue The Cambridge Suite, East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE
(please use PE2 6HE for Sat Nav)
Tickets £48
Dress Code Lounge Suit

The Peterborough Dinner offers a social and networking opportunity for local businesses with a link to the agricultural and food industries.

To book your place, please fill in this form.



Cream of winter vegetable soup with served with a freshly baked ciabatta


28 day hung Briston Aberdeen Angus roast rib of beef. Accompanied by locally grown seasonal vegetables


Warmed beetroot brownie with a warm Chocolate Sauce

Followed by

Tea & Coffee

*Vegetarian option available on request.


Should you have any questions, please contact Ruth-

01733 234451 (option 2)

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

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14th August 2018

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 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.


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

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Be Bright, Stay Safe

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The East of England Agricultural Society is supporting UK Power Networks Be Bright, Stay Safe Campaign.

Please take the time to have a read through the Look out, Look up flyer for more information about how to protect yourself from the dangers of working around electricity

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 Agricultural graduates set to change lives through sustainable farming

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 Agricultural graduates set to change lives through sustainable farming

 Fifteen graduates from the Marshal Papworth Fund scholarship programme are heading home at the end of their studies in the UK, taking back to their eight home countries sustainable farming skills to help their communities to farm more productively and sustainably, fulfilling the agricultural charity’s vision to help developing countries grow themselves out of hunger.

To date, 184 students have graduated from scholarships funded by the agricultural charity, working across developing countries to overcome issues including food insecurity, poverty and climate change in a sustainable way. Kenyan Peter Ouma, graduating from his MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security at the Royal Agricultural University said: “The scholarship has given all of us the ability to realise dreams that we didn’t think were ever possible. This will enable us to get the step up we need in order to make a real impact on the communities we work with.”

The students, comprising seven from the specially devised 10-week Short Course at Moulton College, and eight studying Masters degrees, graduated from their courses in front of over 80 VIPs at a special “Taste of Africa” drinks reception organized to celebrate their studies. They return home full of inspiration to share their newfound knowledge on a variety of subject areas including soil conservation, biodiversity, livestock management, woodland and wetland conservation, business planning and budgeting. The Masters students will also be completing their dissertations in the coming months. President of the East of England Agricultural Society, The Bishop of Ely Stephen Conway, led the speeches on the presentation evening, reminding the audience of the critical role that agriculture plays in improving livelihoods in Africa.

Marshal Papworth Fund chairman Tom Arthey praised the students for their dedication: “The students have all made great commitments and personal sacrifice to spend time here, away from their families, with the objective of improving their own lives and those of their fellow countrymen. We wish them all well on their return and look forward to hearing the impact of the courses they have completed.”

Representing the Short Course students, Kenyan agricultural extension officer Caroline Andango gave thanks for the opportunity that she and her fellow students have been given: “Marshal Papworth Fund and Moulton College have blessed us with a life changing experience that has enabled us to see and do so much. We will be able to go back home full of practical and sustainable knowledge and ideas for our communities.”

The Marshal Papworth Fund is wholly managed by the East of England Agricultural Society and has already helped improve the lives of over one hundred and eighty students from developing countries through its Masters Programme and 10-week Short Course. In order to continue this work and give more students the opportunity to benefit from its scholarships, the Fund relies on donations. To find out more and to make a donation contact Sandra Lauridsen on 01733 363514 or email slauridsen@eastofengland.org.uk for more information.


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 About Marshal Papworth:

Marshal Papworth is a charity formed in 2001 from funds bequeathed from Marshal Papworth, an East Anglian farmer.  It is wholly managed by the East of England Agricultural Society.  Through its scholarship programmes the charity develops life changing, land-based skills, enabling students, from developing countries to facilitate sustainable farming within their own communities.

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Benchmarking Sucess!

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Six members of Cultiv8 have embarked on the process of benchmarking their farm businesses with the help of the AHDB’s Teresa Meadows and Holly Howsam. Far from being the rather daunting prospect I initially feared, having inputted our data we met up in the depths of winter to start making sense of the figures!

This was followed by a farm visit kindly hosted by Ben Stroud in early May, which alongside helping to contextualise Ben’s business, also gave a group of predominantly arable farmers a valuable insight into dairy farming! From including grass leys in the rotation, to the use of slurry and lucerne in conjunction with arable cropping, I’m sure I wasn’t alone in going home buzzing with ideas. Also highlighted was the number of different systems operated by members of the group. From mixed farms to straight arable, contract farming agreements to farming everything in hand, direct drilling to ploughing, what has been reassuring is that our costs of production have been remarkably tightly grouped. Getting down to the detail benchmarking provides has certainly helped me to identify areas where my costs need trimming down, and looking at the bigger picture I’ve got a better understanding of how to ready my business for Brexit!

With plans afoot for further farm visits, together with the prospect of looking at figures for harvest 2018 following this challenging spring, the group is sure to remain interesting and relevant. I’d urge anyone thinking about benchmarking to jump at the chance!

written by Ben Beazley

More information about Cultiv8, please visit www.eastofengland.org.uk/cultiv8, email Cultiv8@EastofEngland.org.uk or call 01733 234451

More information on Benchmarking with the AHDB, please visit www.ahdb.org.uk/projects/FarmBench


Agri industry needs to do more for school leavers

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Despite the much publicised need for more people and a wealth of exciting opportunities for young people thinking of a career in the agricultural industry, food and farming still has a long way to go to raise its profile with school leavers.

This was proven last week when the East of England Agricultural Society attended the Mission Possible Careers Show at the Peterborough Arena.

Organised by the Skills Service, Mission Possible is targeted at young people aged 14-24. This year around 5,000 visitors from 38 schools across the region attended with the aim of finding inspiration for their future careers from over a wide range of exhibitors and industries.

In the dedicated Agrifood Zone, Bakkavor, British Sugar, East of England Agricultural Society, Greenvale, Karsten, National Centre for Food Manufacturing, and Tulip Ltd represented the regions entire food and farming industries.

“This event has been a real eye opener, when talking to the students and asking them if they know what opportunities and options there were in the agricultural industry, many didn’t know but significantly they were interested to find out. Surprisingly this also applied to teachers and careers advisors. We need to take responsibility and urgent action, as agriculture is losing out to better organised sectors, in part because we have no unified industry body actively promoting agriculture.

Many large companies offer graduate programmes which suit those coming with a university background, but there is a lack of information about our industry for students to identify career paths and alternative routes including modern apprenticeship.” says William Haire, Agricultural Development Manager for the East of England Agricultural Society.

Keen to develop ideas the East of England Agricultural Society will continue to engage with schools, teachers, local government and councils to gather information which will be used to plan future programmes and resources to ensure students are made aware of what agriculture can offer them.

For more information about the East of England Agricultural Society please contact William Haire, Agricultural Development Manager, East of England Agricultural Society WHaire@eastofengland.org.uk 01733 234451

Also the Skills Service on www.theskillsservice.co.uk