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Farming Matters conference

Posted 24 May 2011

Farm businesses need to think strategically and consider the direction their enterprises are going and where they would want them to be in the future.”

Dr Barrie Florey, Paul Horton, Niall Blackie and Steven Corfield

Industry professionals came together to discuss the profitability of farming at a conference held at Harper Adams University College recently.

The event aimed to address some of the issues facing the industry, such as the roles of food security, economic change, law and taxation in the sustainability of a healthy farm business.

Dr Barrie Florey, Head of Rural Affairs and Environment at Harper Adams welcomed guests to the conference, held in partnership with FBC Manby Bowdler Solicitors. He said: “Thanks to many of you that have worked with and been involved with Harper over the years, in all manner of ways – guests and speakers etc.

“It is greatly appreciated and allows the learning process to be kept alive with the different factions of industry working closely with academia.”

Around 40 delegates attended, including land agents, accountants, farming consultants and representatives from local authorities and banks.

The speakers were Dr Florey, Steven Corfield, partner and Head of Agricultural Services at FBC Manby Bowdler, Niall Blackie, Senior Partner and Head of Town and Country Planning at FMC Manby Bowdler and Paul Horton, a commercial litigation partner at FMC Manby Bowdler.

Mr Corfield, said: “The Farm Matters Conference is a snap shot in time as to how farming needs to remain viable and sustainable in today’s economic climate.

“A positive message was given by all the speakers for the future of the industry, provided farmers take the necessary steps to prepare and plan for the changes in the business conditions.”

Dr Florey concluded the event, saying: “Future security and sustainability of farming can only be achieved if the industry is profitable and the correct investment decisions are made.

“Farm businesses need to think strategically and consider the direction their enterprises are going and where they would want them to be in the future.”

Farming Matters is designed to be a forerunner to a series of lectures which will take place during the next 12 months, focussing in depth on the issues raised.

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