South of England Farming Conference & Technical Forum 2019

Conference: 'From Uncertainty to Opportunity'

Wednesday 13th November

South of England Showground, Selsfield Road, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TL

Whether or not you voted to leave the EU, most agree that the last three years have created great uncertainty and particularly for agriculture and food, so entwined is our industry with European and global markets. Once we are through the maelstrom of the immediate future, the question is: does the industry have a positive future?

Chaired by BBC presenter Charlotte Smith, this year’s conference will consider the post-Brexit world facing agriculture.  Coming less than 2 weeks after the UK is due to leave the EU, this year’s South of England Farming Conference features a line-up of experienced speakers who between them will present views from across the food supply chain.

Conference Timetable

6-6.30pm Sponsors’ Reception

6-7pm Complimentary refreshments. Bar open

7pm Welcome by Charles Burgoyne, SEAS Chairman

7.10pm Charlotte Smith (BBC1 Countryfile & BBC Radio 4 Farming Today) opens the conference

8.30pm Bar re-opens

10pm Finish

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Farming Conference 2019 Speakers

CHAIR Charlotte Smith

Charlotte is a radio and TV presenter, working on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today and BBC1’s Countryfile. She grew up in Leicestershire and worked in local radio as a sports presenter before moving into rural programmes. Charlotte is a voluntary Director of the Oxford Farming Conference.

Jane King

Jane joined the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board in 2015 as CEO and has led a significant review and restructuring to improve value for money for farmers from the levy. She is an award winning journalist and editor and was the first woman Editor and Editorial Director of The Farmers Weekly Group.

Owen Piper

Owen farms with his father Tim on the edge of Romney Marsh in Kent. Since returning from Reading University in 2013 to help manage the farm, Owen has introduced vineyards as another enterprise to this already diverse business and as part of their plan to ‘future proof’ their farming.

Richard Anscombe

Winner of the East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards Director of the Year Award 2013, Richard is CEO of Fram Farmers, Chair of Agri-Tech East Stakeholder Group and Vice Chair of Worshipful Company of Farmers Fundraising Committee. He is experienced across a diverse range of business sectors and has a wealth of knowledge across multiple business functions.

Julian Marks

Julian is Group Managing Director of Barfoots of Botley who grow, process and pack a range of exotic and semi-exotic vegetables, for UK and European retailers. The son of a Hampshire Farmer, he worked in General Management roles in fresh produce & primary production businesses in the UK and Africa following five years in the British Army.



Technical Forum: 'Harnessing the Best of Technology to Drive Productivity'

Wednesday 13th November

South of England Showground, Selsfield Road, Ardingly, RH17 6TL

3.30 – 5.30pm

Looking ahead, it seems that farmers will receive less support than they have previously.  Moreover, the UK farmer is lagging behind other countries in Europe and further afield in terms of productivity.  In a post-Brexit world the industry needs to up its game and technology will have a key role to play.

The aim of this forum is to consider how technology and different farming practices can improve production efficiencies. Now in its fourth year, 2019’s forum brings together a number of speakers experienced in cutting edge technical development.


Technical Forum 2019 Speakers

CHAIR Doug Jackson

Doug is Senior Partner at Jackson, Ashby & Smith the NFU Mutual agency Ashford, Tenterden and Whitfield where he is also NFU Group Secretary in Kent & East Sussex. He previously ran his own business consultancy before it was acquired by Savills UK where he took up running the Food & Farming consultancy team in the South East. He is currently Vice-President of Sussex YFC.

Stuart Hill

Stuart is Head of Technology & Innovation for Hutchinsons crop production specialists, focussing on the strategic future of agronomy and technology and how this can work together to deliver a benefit to growers. He also leads a technical team who manage the development of new products and concepts to provide all the required technical information for over 200 agronomists nationwide.

Duncan Forbes

After several years in practical farming, Duncan moved in to farm management consultancy and was MD at Kingshay for over 20 years. He now is Dairy Research Director at Kingshay and Head of Dairy at the Agri-EPI Centre and for both roles his focus has been the development of the South West Dairy Development Centre, a dairy research and demonstration facility in Somerset.

David White

After 40 years of farming “conventionally” on a larger scale and also offering contracting services David is entering his fifth year practicing Conservation Agriculture. He is a co-founder of RTK Farming Ltd which provides a subscription precision farming correction signal for any brand of machine across a greater part of England. David is also the long time Director and Vice Chair of Camgrain Stores Ltd, a four site farmer owned co-operative grain storage business.

2 CPD Points for those attending the Forum (BASIS & NRoSO)



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