The National Farm Management Conference is back this November

The National Farm Management Conference is back for another year with an exciting new theme focusing on the future of agricultural management.

The conference, titled ‘Agriculture 2028 – transitioning to life beyond direct payments’, welcomes both members and non-members of the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) and will take place in London at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on 16th November 2021.


What does life look like beyond direct payments?

After over 20 years of direct payments coming to an end soon, the industry needs to think about what’s next.

There’s a lot of talk about the approaching changes, however, we want to take the debate forward, to what it will look like afterwards, delving into skills, competencies and issues that those working in agricultural management need to be aware of to future proof their farm businesses.

Therefore, IAgrM have created a showstopping line up of key industry speakers, including those with the boots on the ground who are already putting these practices into place on-farm.


Speaker line up

Nicholas Saphir, chair of the AHDB, will open the sessions by setting the scene on where the industry is likely to be in the next 10 years and highlighting where skillset and knowledge gaps may be.

This will be followed by a series of debates and panel discussions which will delve into these potential gaps, exploring a range of subjects including, trade and competitiveness, farm management skills, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Speakers include:

·       Nicholas Saphir, Chairman of the AHDB

·       Emma Finn, Trade Commissioner, Canadian High Commission

·       Andrew Meredith, Chief Editor, Farmers Weekly

·       Jacob Anthony, Farmers Weekly Young Farmer of the Year, 2018

·       Sian Bowsley, Head of Agri Trade, Defra

·       David Fursdon, Chair of the Institute of Agriculture & Horticulture & Dyson farming Ltd

·       Matt Naylor, Managing Director of Naylor Flowers

·       Lisa Williams, Head of Business Development, Agri Epi Centre

·       James Townsend, executive Chairman of Velcourt Ltd

·       Sally Williams, Dairy Farmer and prior Chair of Oxford Farming Conference

·       Alison Robinson, Principal and Chief Executive of Myerscough College

·       Peter Eccles, Farmers Weekly Farm Manager of the Year 2020


Opportunities to network

Following 18 months of little networking and the benefits it brings, this event offers the perfect opportunity to network with peers and learn from one another. The conference features elongated coffee breaks to facilitate this.



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