South of England Farming Technical Forums

Our Farming Technical Forums address a variety of subjects in land-based industries with leading experts in their field.

Forums are held online, two times a year, are free to attend and are available to book online.

Our next Technical Forum will be taking place on 8th June. More information coming soon.

Saturday 8th June 2024: 'Cultivating Trust Between Farmers and the Public'

We discussed the likes of:

  • As we’re all aware, currently there are multiple challenges and pressure faced both in our industry and lives. Join our panel to discuss and gain insight into how they are riding the current rollercoaster and adapting their businesses to become more resilient, motivating the people around them, whilst ensuring they look after themselves.

Chaired by Mark Campbell

Our Speakers:

Leighton Snelgrove – Farm Manager & Chairman of SYFC

Kendra Hall – Account Director

Peter Appleton – Dairy Farmer

Andrew Flake – Farmer

About our Speakers

Leighton Snelgrove - Farm Manager

Leighton is a 24 year old Farm Manager on an organic farm rearing pedigree Sussex cattle. He also has his own flock of commercial sheep producing meat boxes for local customers, pubs, & restaurants. He prides himself in being able to produce in Sussex and provide succulent meat to the local community.

In his free time, he Chairs Sussex Young farmers and South East Young Farmers to encourage young people to get involved and learn more about farming and food. Snelgrove is also on various committees; Sussex Cattle society, South of England Cattle Committee, Fletching Parish Council, Winter Prime Stock Fayre, and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Young Farmers Steering Group.

Leighton is passionate about the wellbeing of farmers, getting involved with the FCN (Farming Community Network) and speaking to college students and farmers about the challenges faced in the industry. He also contributed in the Vinnie Jones documentary, which he found raising money for highly rewarding.

Kendra Hall - Account Director

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Charles Anyan - FCN Ambassador & Farmer

Charles is an arable farmer and keen environmentalist from Lincolnshire who took up running during the Covid lockdowns. A five stone weight loss quickly ensued. Now a veteran of 4 marathons (and currently training for number 5) he still hasn’t stopped. He has found running to be a great way to look after both his physical and mental health, and is an advocate for breaking the stigma around this.

Anyan became an ambassador for The Farming Communtiy Network in 2021 and was also a judge of Britain’s Fittest Farmer in 2023.

James Wallis - Farm Manager, Sutton Hall Estates

James has been contract farming the Sutton Hall Estate near Newick for 13 years, managing 850 dairy cows and 700 acres of arable cropping. More recently, in a move to maintain long term income after the removal of BPS, the estate has invested in a Christmas tree growing enterprise, aiming to harvest 25,000 trees per year from 2024.

Previous Farming Technical Forums

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Resilience - Riding the Rollercoaster

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