Farming conference heads for Hexham

This year’s Northern Farming Conference has found a new home for 2013

Hexham auction mart
Hexham auction mart

This year’s Northern Farming Conference has found a new home for 2013.

It will take place this year at Hexham Auction Mart on November 13.

Now in its fourth year, the conference aims to provide a range of information on developments across the agricultural industry to help farm businesses plan for the next 12 months and beyond.

Speakers include the Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, David Heath MP, leading economist Allan Buckwell, dairy farmer and Nuffield Scholar Ian Pye, Northumberland farmer and Monitor Farm Project lead, Simon Bainbridge and Borders beef farmer Donald MacPherson.

Conference chairman Harry Chrisp, a Northumberland farmer and a solicitor at Gibson & Co in Hexham, said: “This year’s theme is risk and resilience, which covers a range of subjects including the weather, commodity prices, produce markets, financial instability and uncertainty about the outcome of CAP reforms.

“The extreme weather conditions we have witnessed over the past year and the huge financial impact it has had on farmers clearly illustrate the need to build resilience into the business to cushion the impacts of such factors.

Tickets cost £40 per person or £20 for farmers with a CPH number. Visit www.northernfarmingconference.org.uk or call 01748 907070.

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