Sir Peter Kendall and CLA president Ross Murray will be joining a range of farmers and industry experts to speak at this year’s Northern Farming Conference.
Under the theme: Farming: Where I see my future, leading farmers from across the country will be at Hexham Auction Mart on Wednesday 9 November to examine what the future may hold for farmers, particularly in the wake of the recent vote to leave the European Union.
Peter Kendall farms in Eyeworth, East Bedfordshire, in partnership with his brother Richard. They grow more than 600 hectares of combinable crops on the home farm and contracting and rental agreements are also operated with four local farmers. He is currently chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board and was previously NFU president for eight years from 2006.
Ross Murray has been actively involved in the CLA for around 15 years and was elected as president last year. He is a Trustee of Llanover and Coldbrook Estates in Monmouthshire and has been a chartered surveyor since 1991, managing rural and urban estates in South Wales.
Joining Sir Peter and Ross will be former Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the Year and Nuffield Scholar, Robert Craig; AHDB Monitor Farmer for York and precision farming specialist, David Blacker; Anthony Carroll of award-winning Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes in Northumberland and Wagyu beef producer, James Thornton.
Conference Chairman Andrew Robinson said: “Following the vote to leave Europe, there is a huge amount of uncertainty within the agricultural sector and this conference will be a rare opportunity to hear leading industry figures and farmers discuss the key issues facing agriculture."
Now in its seventh year, the Northern Farming Conference aims to give farmers the chance to consider how best to progress their businesses over the next few years.The conference is a joint venture between the CLA, Strutt & Parker, Bond Dickinson, Armstrong Watson, Catchment Sensitive Farming, Gibson & Co Solicitors and Hexham and Northern Marts.
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