23 August 2002

High-profile speakers at conference on farming future

RABI and farmers weekly are also joining forces next month to host a national conference titled A Viable Future for Farming and the Rural Economy.

NFU deputy president Tim Bennett, Lord Plumb and HRH The Princess Royal will be among the speakers at this top London event on Thursday, Sept 12.

It aims to provide people in the farming industry with ideas to overcome their current difficulties and to help identify positive actions which will lead to a viable future.

Farmers and those working in all spheres of agri-business will be among those attending this important event.

Entry to the conference is free and, although availability is limited, a number of tickets have been reserved for farmers weekly readers.

Available on a first-come, first-served basis, these can be applied for by completing and returning the coupon below.

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Please return this coupon by Mon, Sept 2 to:

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RABI National Conference

A Viable Future for Farming and the Rural Economy Thursday 12th September 2002

9.30-10.20 Registration

10.35am Opening Remarks – Lord Plumb, RABI president

10.40am Welcome – John Wallis, RABI chairman

10.45am Keynote Opening Address – HRH The Princess Royal

11.00am Global To Local:The Pressures We Face – Tim Bennett, NFU deputy president

11.20am Think Positive:Theres Life In Dairy Farming Yet – Ian Biggs, president of ABS Global (A division of Genus)

11.40am Good People:How Do We Find Them? – Malcolm Florey, Bicton College principal

12.00pm Recovery Starts Here:Where To Begin? – Malcolm Stansfield, chief agricultural adviser to RASE

12.50pm Buffet lunch

2.00pm Concurrent Discussion Forums. Chaired by:

Tim Bennett – Political/social issues

Ian Biggs – Theres Life In Dairy Farming Yet

Malcolm Florey – Next generation issues

Malcolm Stansfield – Farm/rural economic issues

FW Editor Stephen Howe – Discussion forums summary

John Wallis – Closing remarks

3.00pm End of conference and refreshments

3.30pm RABI annual general meeting