Tenant farmers issues to be aired at conference

Tenant farming issues will be under the spotlight at a national NFU conference next month.

The NFU Tenant Farmers’ Conference 2013, is being held at the Pavilions of Harrogate on the Yorkshire Showground on Thursday 7 November.

The conference, titled The Realities of Delivering a Prosperous Future for Tenants, has attracted some of the industry’s leading figures.

New DEFRA farm minister George Eustice will be speaking at the event alongside NFU president Peter Kendall.

The focus will be on government strategy for the tenanted sector, including the implementation of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

NFU vice president Adam Quinney, who is chairing the conference, said: “This conference will try and help shape the future of the tenanted sector – one that is a vital driver for growth in productive agriculture in the years ahead.”

Other speakers will include Hugh Fell from George F White, James O’Brien from Brown & Co and Alick Jones from Lloyds who will speak in a technical forum addressing the challenges faced by tenants including farm business tenancies, rent arbitrations and overcoming hurdles to secure finance.

John Varley, from Clinton Devon Estates, and John Macmillan, from Cambridgeshire County Farm Estate, will highlight how landlords and tenants need to work together and the importance of county farms to the tenanted sector.

Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year 2012 Guy Poskitt, chairman of the NFU horticulture board and tenant farmer from Yorkshire will talk about his own farm and the opportunities that tenants have to take.

NFU members wishing to attend should contact their regional office.

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