Be empowered to start the conversation and instigate change at Farming Connect’s Women in Agriculture Forum 2018

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths will address this year’s first Farming Connect Women in Agriculture forum, to be held at Bangor on Dee Racecourse on Thursday 21 June.  The Cabinet Secretary will also launch Farming Connect’s new campaign on farm succession planning, “Start the conversation, it’s good to talk.”

The second Women in Agriculture forum will be held on Thursday, 28 June at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells. In a change from previous years, both events will run from 3pm to 9pm, include a ‘speed-dating’ session and an evening dinner.

The benefits of red meat in a healthy balanced diet’, a topic which promises to provide good news for Wales’ red meat producers, will be presented by Dr Carrie Ruxton PhD, Nutrition Communications in the Bangor on Dee forum and in Llandrindod Wells, by Professor Robert Pickard, Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology at Cardiff University

An opportunity to have a brief one-to-one conversation by means of a speed dating session with a number of well-known faces in agriculture, include a neurobiologist; representatives from government and industry boards, banking, the media, and specialist agri-marketeers.

The programme for both events will conclude when Nuffield scholar and well-known journalist and broadcaster Anna Jones will be the guest speaker, addressing delegates on ‘Help or Hinder? Coverage of farming issues in the news media.’

Eirwen Williams, Menter a Busnes, which delivers Farming Connect on behalf of the Welsh Government, said that the aim of the events is to encourage women to drive forward change and innovation within farming particularly as businesses face the uncertainties of Brexit.

“Women play a pivotal role in many farm businesses and rural enterprises in Wales and there has never been a more important time to make sure their voices are heard,” said Mrs. Williams who added that the events not only bring like-minded women together but provide a unique opportunity to network and create new contacts within the Welsh agricultural industry.

Delegates will be invited to select and attend two facilitated workshops from the following four options:

Business Strategy
Nigel Davies
Business Consultant, Promar International

Health & Safety on Farm
James Chapman
Farmer & Nuffield Scholar

Antibiotics and Antimicrobial Resistance
Dr Gavin Watkins, Senior Officer and/or Gosia Siwonia, Veterinary Adviser
Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer in Wales, Welsh Government

Farm Succession (Bangor on Dee)

Professor.Matt Lobley,
Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter

Farm Succession (Llandrindod Wells) 
Siân Bushell
Farm Succession Facilitator

 

 

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Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.