Strongest-ever line up of speakers at East of England Farming Conference

A strong line-up of speakers including politicians, industry leaders and innovative farmers has been confirmed for the East of England Farming Conference on 2 November.

Entitled ‘Grow or Go’, the conference organised by the East of England Agricultural Society, now in its third year, will present novel farming approaches and ideas to encourage resourcefulness in British farming.

The conference is described by Thomas Beazley, chairman of the East of England Agricultural Society as: “A not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear a vision for the future of British farming from our strongest-ever line up of speakers, including industry policymakers, politicians, and innovative farmers.”

Minette Batters, NFU deputy president, Lord Melchett, policy director of the Soil Association, and Stuart Agnew MEP will present their views for UK Agriculture post 202, alongside Charles Shropshire, Managing Director of Cambs Farms Growers Ltd.

Referring to the second session of the conference, where five forward-thinking farmers, including industry award winners and Nuffield Farming Scholars, will explain how they overcame serious challenges in order to succeed, Mr Beazley says: “We need more farmers with flair. These innovators are putting great ideas into action, to grow their businesses and secure their long-term future.”

Speakers in the second session include: Alec Mercer, Packington Free A Range; Matthew Sharp, Rising Sun Farm; Jack Stilwell, Get Jack Farming; Tom Wright, Spring Farm Systems; and Emily Norton, Nortons Dairy. Delegates will get the opportunity to quiz panellists on how they put their ideas into practice.

Mitigating and removing barriers to growth will be a key feature of the third session of the conference, where experts from across the farming industry will discuss building the British brand. Speakers include: Jake Freestone; Overbury Farms, Edward Darling, Redlist Revival; Neil Darwent, Free Range Dairy; and Colm McKay, British Sugar.

Tickets to the East of England Farming Conference 2017 are available to purchase from the conference website Students and Society members can apply for discounted tickets by contacting the organisers via the website.

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