New home for farming conference

The Northern Farming Conference has found a new home for 2013, taking place this year at Hexham Auction Mart on Wednesday, November 13.

Now in its fourth year, the conference aims to provide a range of information on developments across the agricultural industry to help farm businesses plan for the next 12 months and beyond.

Once again, an impressive line-up of speakers has been assembled, led by Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, David Heath MP. Other speakers include leading economist Allan Buckwell, North West dairy farmer and Nuffield Scholar Ian Pye, Northumberland farmer and Monitor Farm Project lead, Simon Bainbridge and Borders beef farmer Donald MacPherson.

Conference chairman Harry Chrisp, a Northumberland farmer and a solicitor at Gibson & Co in Hexham, said: “This year’s theme is risk and resilience, which covers a range of subjects including the weather, commodity prices, produce markets, financial instability and uncertainty about the outcome of CAP reforms.

“The extreme weather conditions we have witnessed over the past year and the huge financial impact it has had on farmers clearly illustrates the need to build resilience in to the business to cushion the impacts of such factors.

“The Northern Farming Conference is fundamentally about farming at a ‘muddy boots’ level and this year will be no different. We hope many farmers will find the day useful, stimulating and beneficial.”

As an added incentive to attend this year’s event, farmers with a County Parish Holding (CPH) number qualify for a 50 percent discount, bringing the ticket price down to just £20.

Mr Chrisp added: “We are very keen to ensure we attract as many active farmers as possible and I am delighted we have been able to halve the ticket price for them, making this year’s event better value for money than ever.”

The Northern Farming Conference is a joint venture between the CLA, Strutt & Parker, Bond Dickinson, Armstrong Watson, Catchment Sensitive Farming and Gibson & Co Solicitors. Tickets cost £40 per person or £20 for farmers with a CPH number. For more information, please visit: www.northernfarmingconference.org.uk or telephone 01748 907070.