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Yorkshire Rural Support Network Looks to the Future

The challenges of handing over a farming business to the next generation are the subject of a conference organised by the Yorkshire Rural Support Network (YRSN) on Wednesday 3 December at the Driffield Showground.



The conference is the latest in a series of events which follows the publication of the Network’s report in 2006 entitled “Succession Planning within Farming Families”. The report highlighted the realities and difficulties of succession planning within the agricultural industry.

Entitled “Farming: The Next Generation,” the event is aimed at farming families, new entrants to the industry and business professionals. The repercussions for farming families in terms of increased stress, of facing up to the difficulties, both emotional and practical, of inheritance issues will be discussed and practical advice given. The latest industry difficulties, particularly Bluetongue and the credit crunch, ensure the subject is highly topical prompting more farmers to take a long hard look at when and how they pass on the baton to the next generation.

Speakers are: farmer Andrew Pye from Cumbria, Isobel Robson, Partner, Andrew Jackson Solicitors of Hull, David Dowson Accountant, and Stan Dunn (Tax Manager) of Lloyd Dowson Accountants, Bridlington, and Tom Watson, Associate, Cundalls Land Agents of Malton.

The conference is sponsored by the Health and Safety Executive.

The Yorkshire Rural Support Network was formed in 1994 by a group of organisations, who felt there was a need to come together to help combat rural distress in the region. With members drawn from the statutory, voluntary and public sectors, it supports those who are working to assist those in the rural community suffering from stress. Founder members were the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, The Samaritans, Citizens Advice Bureau and representatives from the health sector.

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