Newly appointed minister to speak at farming conference
Newly appointed Defra Secretary Liz Truss has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at this year’s Northern Farming Conference at Hexham on Wednesday 12 November.
The Norfolk MP, who replaced Owen Paterson in a surprise cabinet reshuffle earlier this month, will head the line-up of nine farmers and industry experts speaking at the conference under the theme of Which Way Forward?
Conference Chairman Andrew Robinson said: “We are delighted to welcome the new secretary of state to our conference and very much looking forward to hearing her plans for supporting and developing the farming industry following the latest round of CAP negotiations.”
Also confirmed for the conference is award-winning farmer Richard Price of Lowther Park Farms, Cumbria, who will be speaking about identifying business risks and farm restructuring.
Richard, who was the 2013 Farmers Weekly Farm Manager of the Year, successfully transformed the failing 1,292ha in-hand farming operation at the Lowther Estate in to a profit-making business over a five year period.
Now in its fifth year, the Northern Farming Conference aims to give forward thinking farmers the chance to consider how best to progress their business.
Mr Robinson added: “This year’s conference is shaping up to be one of the best yet. In just a few years it has established itself as the north’s leading event for farmers to share successful business strategies and find out about the latest industry developments.”
The Northern Farming Conference is a joint venture between the CLA, Strutt & Parker, Bond Dickinson, Armstrong Watson, Catchment Sensitive Farming and Gibson & Co Solicitors. For more information, please visit: www.northernfarmingconference.org.uk or telephone 01748 907070.
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