Award-winning farmer Guy Poskitt has been confirmed as one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Northern Farming Conference to be held in Hexham.
Guy, 50, whose farm is one of the country’s largest suppliers of carrots to retail giant Asda, will be speaking about his experiences of managing relationships with major supermarket chains and also the challenges of business expansion.
Over the past 30 years, Guy has built the business from being a 600-acre tenanted farm to more than 6,000 acres both owned, rented and contract farmed - not only in Yorkshire but also in other parts of the UK.
The cropping includes combinable crops as well as sugar beet, potatoes, carrots, parsnips and swede.
Guy said: “Poskitts have always been carrot growers but over the past 15 years the company has expanded the vegetable business considerably by growing with retailers, food service companies and wholesalers, as well as developing a successful prepared vegetable division.”
The business now has a turnover of over £30m and employs more than 200 people. Guy was national vegetable grower of the year in 2004 and 2010 and is the 2012 Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year and overall Farmer of the Year.
CLA North regional director Dorothy Fairburn, who is part of the organising committee for the Northern Farming Conference, said: “We are delighted to have a farmer of Guy’s calibre at the conference, which is shaping up to be one of the best and most informative we’ve held yet.”
Other speakers at the conference, on Wednesday, November 13, at Hexham Mart, include Farming Minister David Heath and leading economist Allan Buckwell as well as a selection of leading arable and livestock farmers.
The Northern Farming Conference is a joint venture between the CLA, Strutt & Parker, Bond Dickinson, Armstrong Watson, Catchment Sensitive Farming and Gibson & Co Solicitors, supported by the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation. For more information, please visit: www.northernfarmingconference.org.uk or telephone 01748 907070.