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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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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

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RASC Conference Bursary 2018

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The East of England Agricultural Society is delighted to be offering the RASC conference Bursary again for the 2018 conference.

This year the event is to take place in Edmonton, Canada and the Society are looking to send 2 next generation members to attend (aged 25-40)

This years conference theme is: “connecting the world through food”

The Conference

The Next Generation Forum takes place in advance of the main conference with representatives hand selected by RASC member societies. They come from over 50 leading national and regional agricultural societies, associations and research bodies working in 20 Commonwealth countries. They are all under 40 years of age and bring a wide range of experiences.

The RASC Next Generation strategic intent is to develop an international network and support system that will foster the collaboration and exchange of ideas between the NG delegation and promote next generation leadership within the RASC and its member societies, much like Cultiv8 but on an international scale!

The main conference promotes and informs on a variety of topics including food security, sustainability and the future of farming at a global level. It also introduces agriculture in Asia and Singapore but also has an agricultural society specific track covering leadership, education and marketing. Further information can be found at www.rasc2018canada.com

Next Generation Conference– 3-5th November

Main Conference– 5-8th November


Applicants must;

  • Be aged between 25 and 40 at the time of the conference (requirement for ‘Next Generation’ Conference)
  • Be a member of the East of England Agricultural Society.
  • Be actively involved in the farming, food or allied industries.
  • Provide a report on the experience and present to the society council upon return.

How to apply

Complete the THIS FORM and return it with a written application of no more that 400 words stating your involvement with the East of England Agricultural Society, your background and experience, how you will benefit from the award and how the Society will benefit from supporting you.

The successful applicants will be chosen by a panel appointed by the East of England Agricultural Society. Their decision will be final and the Society reserves the right not to make any award.


Return your applications to RTrolove@EastofEngland.org.uk or Ruth Trolove, East of England Agricultural Society, East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE

If you have any questions please use the email address above or call 01733 234451

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Rasc Conference

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The biennial Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth conference takes place this year from the 31st of October to the 4th of November in Singapore. The title for this, the 27th conference, is “Agriculture at the crossroads: bridging the rural-urban divide” and will bring representatives from over 50 leading national and regional agricultural show societies, agricultural associations and research bodies working in 20 ommonwealth countries.

With the East of England Agricultural Societies renewed focus on supporting young people through out the agri-food industry, through the Cultiv8 group, the trustees are pleased to announce that the Society is offering two members of the Society, who are also Cultiv8 participants, travel bursaries to attend the pre conference Next Generation Forum and the Commonwealth Agricultural Conference.

Invitations are welcome from those aged between 18 and 40 who are actively involved in the farming, food or allied industries.

Further information about the RASC can be found here.

Further information about the 2016 conference can be found here.

Should you have any questions about the conference or the bursary application process please contact William Haire at the society office by email or call 01733 234451

UPDATE! The society are pleased to announce that Amelia Rome and Thomas Martin have been selected to receive the RASC conference bursary. We wish them the best with their travels and look forward to hearing all about it upon their return.

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Press Release

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Farm Business Awards
Press Release 1/2/2016

The East of England Agricultural Society is pleased to announce that schedules for the 2016 Farm Business Awards are now available. The annual competition, open to all farm businesses within a 50 mile radius of the Showground in Peterborough, aims to recognise not only the high standards which farmers in the region attain but also how they overcome and adapt to change whilst remaining focused on producing healthy, wholesome food.

Entries are welcome from all types of farming business, with judges focusing on their management practices and the operation of the farm, including diversification enterprises which may have been developed to operate alongside the farming activities.

Judging of the heats will take place on Monday the 20th and Tuesday the 21st of June with the championship judging taking place on Thursday the 23rd and Friday the 24th of June 2016. All entrants are asked to keep these dates free.

Main sponsors for the awards are once again Camgrain and Openfield with Savills as sponsor of the Young Farmer section. The Society is indebted to all our sponsors for their continual support of the competition.

If you would like to enter please either call the Society office on 01733 234451, email WHaire@eastofengland.org.uk or download the schedule and entry form from the Farm Business Award website. Entries close on Friday 29th of April 2016. Due to the number of entries received, entries will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

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Schedules and Entry Forms released for Farm Business Awards

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Does your farm have what it takes to be crowned our Farm Business Awards 2015 Supreme Champion?

Consider entering the Society’s Farm Business Awards sponsored by Openfield and Camgrain for FREE by filling in an entry form from the links below.

Again offering FREE ENTRY to the competition the Society considers the Farm Business Awards to be a prestigious event.

Judges, appointed by the Society, will inspect farms entered in the Competition in accordance with a timetable to be drawn up and circulated after the closing date.  Judging will take place during week commencing Monday 15TH June 2015.

Judges are asked to judge the whole farm as they see it on the day, having regard to standards of cropping and livestock husbandry.  They should also take into account the suitability of the chosen farming system to the basic resources in land type(s), buildings and other features such as availability of irrigation. Entrants will also be questioned closely on their cropping and stocking policy.  Set-aside will, naturally, be recognised as an acceptable farming practice.

In the main Farm Business Award category, entrants will also be questioned on their utilisation of full-time, part-time, pool or contract labour and their use of pool or co-operative machinery and equipment.  It will be for the entrants to make out their case for their particular system of farming having regards to modern practice and the need to adopt the best possible farming system for the profitable utilisation of the available resources.

When considering the Countryside Management Award, the Judges will seek to recognise farmers who incorporate conservation as part of their farm businesses, having regard to the maintenance and improvement of wildlife and landscape features and farming practice which provides environmental benefits.

The Special Enterprise Awards are intended to acknowledge new and innovative approaches to maximising the income from a particular holding.  It is now necessary for many farmers to seek out new ways of marketing produce, i.e., added value, farm shops, pick your own, etc., or introduce ancillary businesses, ie, caravan and camping sites, livery stables, craft workshops, etc., to enhance or supplement the income derived from their basic farming enterprise. Entrants are asked to specify the activity they wish to be considered for this Award on their entry form.

The category for Best First Time Entrant will apply to competitors entering farms that they have not entered in the past or have not been entered for 10 years or more.

2015 will also see the continuation of the Young Farmer Award, which is open to under 35 year olds and is aimed at recognising the younger generation in the farming industry. The class will be judged separately to the main Farm Business Award and will cover all aspects of farming.

Entrants are reminded that the application for the awards, still includes a complementary ticket to the Farm Business Awards Presentation Dinner, which is held on Thursday 19th November 2015 at the East of England Showground in the Peterborough Suite.  Additional tickets are available for partners, fellow directors, farm managers, and friends.

We are all very much looking forward to our Awards this year and I look forward to receiving your completed entry form.

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Free Entry to CropTec – A Great Offer For Our Members

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CropTec is a brand new arable farming event focused on helping farmers develop profitable and sustainable farming. It will be held at the East of England Showground on the 19th and 20st November.

This revolutionary event will focus on improving product knowledge and techniques to help optimise returns and lower the cost of production across all crops and forages.

An extensive exhibition & seminar programme will cover the latest technical research and developments, presenting advice relating to crop nutrition, crop protection, plant breeding and precision farming.

CropTec will be the only show in the agriculture calendar where farmers can come together and immerse themselves in the latest and best technical processes and products. Every visitor will come away with the knowhow and improved techniques to help enhance their cropping profits.

The seminar sessions will be repeated on the second day, so you can split your time over two days and attend a mix of seminars and visit the exhibition stands or if you are limited for time you can visit for just one of the days.

For Society Members access to the free tickets – Please register prior to the event at www.croptecshow.com – when you follow the links through you will see a question which asks if you are a member of an association, on that list will be East of England Agricultural Society, when you select this option it will ensure when it comes to the end of the process you will not be charged for a ticket. A total saving of £12 off the preregistration price for tickets – a great offer for our members.

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Birds Go Wild

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East of England Agricultural Society invites Beaver and Cub groups to our ‘out of the classroom’ learning experience all about identifying our garden birds, building a bird box, making bird food and lots more here at the East of England Showground from 10.00am to 12.30 pm on Saturday 25th January 2014. Places are limited to 200 children.

Kids Country is our programme of events aimed at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. It will run through the calendar year, delivering a learning experience in a fun and active way through food, farming and countryside topics. It is also designed to interface with the Children’s University initiative which is in turn supported by the Peterborough Learning Partnership. We believe that children should spend their free time playing outdoors, getting dirty in the mud and looking for bugs. Most children cannot identify our most common garden birds and will not be aware of blackbirds singing in the trees or the song thrush out searching for worms in the garden! Nature is all around us, in our school grounds, in the local park and in everyone’s gardens.

The Kids Country ‘Birds Go Wild’ is all about birds, trying to encourage children to stop, look and listen. It is fully aligned with the national curriculum at the key stage 2 (children 7-11 years of age)

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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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