Conference focuses on importance of managing change

With the farming industry entering a period of unprecedented change, the 2019 National Farm Management Conference will help farmers, farm managers and other involved in agriculture and rural businesses challenge their approach to managing change in their own business.

Organised by the Institute of Agricultural Management, the conference takes place on Wednesday 13thFebruary at The Royal Society in London and delegates can book online at or call 01275-843825.  Tickets cost £160 (+VAT) for IAgrM members while for non-members they are £210 (+VAT). The price for students is £66.67 (+VAT).

“Agriculture and rural businesses will have to evolve if they are to remain sustainable and viable in rapidly changing times,” comments IAgrM National Director, Victoria Bywater.  “Whatever the nature and scale of your farm business, you need to understand how the various political, economic, environmental and global influences will impact the business and how you can react.

“This conference will encourage delegates to step back and think about how they, and their business, need to change.”

In the morning, leading authorities including Professor Nigel Scolan from Queen’s University, Belfast and Captain Bob Rusbridge from Babcock International will discuss the factors influencing successful change management and provide practical insights.

The afternoon session will consider the implications of change management at farm level, with individual speakers focussing on the dairy/livestock, cereals, field vegetable and field vegetable sectors.

Victor Chesnutt, Deputy President of the Ulster Farming Union will be the keynote speaker at the evening reception.

“To make the most of the opportunities provided by advances in technology and data to develop businesses fit for purpose in a rapidly changing environment, farm managers must be prepared to challenge everything they do and how they do it,” Victoria continues.  “No-one can afford to sit still and this conference will provide the catalyst for effective change management and help delegates move their businesses in the right direction.”


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John Swire - 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.