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The Northern Farming Conference

Now in its fourteenth year, the 2023 Northern Farming Conference took place on Wednesday 1 November 2023 at Hexham Auction Mart in Hexham.

Northern Farming Conference

This annual event is one of the most prestigious events in the north, attracting nearly 250 farmers, industry experts and politicians to network, listen and question a super line up of speakers.

This year’s speakers included:

  • Janet Hughes, Defra’s Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme
  • Martin Hanson, Head of Agriculture at HSBC
  • Joe Stanley, Head of Training & Partnerships, GWCT Allerton Project
  • Andrew Meredith, Editor – Farmers Weekly
  • Peter Illman, Sustainable Agriculture Manager at Tesco
  • Prof. John Gilliland OBE, Special Adviser to the AHDB
  • Caroline Grindrod, Consultant and coach supporting food and farming businesses transition to regenerative systems. Wilderculture & Primal Meats
  • Andrew Ward MBE, Lincolnshire Farmer, Forage Aid
  • The Rt Hon Lord Richard Benyon joined our super line-up of speakers in sharing his reflections and insights following morning session speakers.

Click here to view the 2023 Northern Farming Conference brochure.

The event is renowned for its mix of formal and informal debate and has now cemented its position as the 'go-to' conference for the sector in the North.

If you’ve missed this year’s (2023) Northern Farming Conference, you can read the report here.

Download the 2023 presentations

  • To download the 2023 presentation slides click here

2023 presentations

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For more information on the Northern Farming Conference, please contact the CLA North office
Call: 01748 907070
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