Factors influencing future business prospects from both a local
and global perspective will be addressed by leading agriculturists
at the The Arable Group's bi-annual Outlook Conference next month.
'Managing change - rising to the post-SFP challenge', the conference
will be held once again at Scotch Corner, North Yorkshire on February
Presentations, from leading authorities within the industry at
the conference, will include future prospects for UK crops, biofuels,
environment and land use, profitable crop production and more.
Ian Crute - Director of Rothamsted Research since 1999 gained
a 1st class Hons degree in Botany and a PhD at University of Newcastle
upon Tyne. His career has taken him through a number of research
organisations including Warwick-HRI, a Fulbright research fellowship
at the University of Wisconsin in Madison USA, Head of the Crop
and Environment Protection Department at HRI East Malling, back
to HRI-Wellesbourne as Head of Plant Pathology and finally Director
Clare Wenner - Head of Transport Biofuels, Renewable Energy Association. A
graduate of Cambridge University, Clare worked for 10 years in
the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. She then
spent 10 years with a well-known lobbying company in London, specialising
in agriculture, food and international trade issues and setting
up the company’s operations in Brussels. After four
years as Corporate Affairs Director at Geest plc, Clare set up
her own consultancy and now works for the Renewable Energy Association
and British Sugar plc.
Carmen Suarez - NFU's Chief Economist. In her role she co-ordinates
the work of the economic team, providing economic advice to NFU
Officeholders and other members of staff on a wide array of issues.
She acts as lead on issues related to market analysis, trade (including
WTO), economic developments, and CAP prospects. After a BSc
in Economics and Business Administration from the University of
Oviedo (Spain) and MA in European Economic Studies at the College
of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), Carmen proceeded to follow a PhD
in Economics at the University of Nottingham (UK).
Andrew Wells - Principal Consultant, TAG Consulting 2004 Ltd. Andrew
joined ADAS in 1987 as an arable consultant in Lincolnshire following
a degree in Agricultural Botany. He moved to Nottinghamshire in
1990 and now provides crop consultancy and business advice to clients
across the East Midlands. He has particular interests in
combinable crop establishment techniques, the practical use of
remote crop sensing and canopy management of combinable crops. Andrew
is also actively involved with the management of two family farming
businesses in Lincolnshire, which allows him to maintain “hands
on” involvement with crop production.
Guy Smith - farms 500 hectares of combinable crops on the north
east Essex coast. The land is mainly grade 3 marine clay below
sea level. The farm is officially the driest spot in the British
Isles. The area is recognised for its ecological importance.
When applying for HLS a hefty bribe was offered by Natural England
to convert the farm into rough grazing. This was refused. Instead
a scheme combining productive arable farming and sound nature conservation
was agreed. Guy Smith is Chair of Eastern Region NFU and the LEAF
communications committee. He has undertaken two Nuffield Scholarships.
He was named NFU Farming Ambassador of the year in 2004. He writes
regularly in the press and was awarded PPA Columnist of the Year
Colin McEwan - Colin studied at Aberdeen University from 1980
-1983. He has spent his whole career within the farming sector,
having six years experience of livestock marketing and valuation
work with a firm of livestock auctioneers in southern Scotland. He
then spent 10 years with PIC where he held a number of senior management
roles, including development of cost of production contracts with
the supply chain and the acquisition of a major competitor. Colin
joined Morley Research Centre in September 2002 as Commercial Director
and led the merger with ARC to form The Arable Group. Since then,
he has been responsible for the acquisition of the ADAS consulting
business and the integration of the Silsoe Spray Applications Unit.
He took up the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Group 14
The event is open to all and the full agenda and booking details
are available from TAG head office, on 01285 652184 or on the website www.thearablegroup.com
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