The 2012 UK Grain event will allow visitors to consider post-harvest technology and the challenge of grain marketing in a difficult season. The event, being held at the Peterborough Arena on Wednesday 7th November, combines free independent advice at topical, informative clinics and seminars alongside an exhibition of the latest equipment for grain storage and handling.
Against the backdrop of one of the toughest UK harvests in decades and increasing market volatility around the world, UK Grain offers a comprehensive look at grain handling, drying, storage and marketing.
“UK Grain is now established as a unique event, which addresses all the issues post-harvest, and really gets to the heart of the grain business,” says Andrew Newbold of event organiser Fusion Events. “It brings together the best advice and equipment to help farmers ensure they deliver grain at the quality and specification that will secure the best prices.”
UK Grain offers a trade exhibition with some 60 exhibitors involved in every aspect of grain storage, monitoring, drying and marketing. In addition, a seminar programme delivers timely information, and enables participants to gain CPD points for NRoSO and BASIS.
This year’s seminar programme takes two key themes: ‘Managing the un-manageable – growing crops in a changing climate and volatile market’ and ‘Grain chain collaboration – delivery value, trust and transparency for all’.
Jack Watts from HGCA, the Grain Quality Partner for the event, heads up the programme with his market insight. Matthew Read, Chairman of Red Tractor, will address the importance of maintaining crop quality through the food chain and what Red Tractor are doing to promote this. In addition, two farmers will talk about their decisions to opt for either on-farm or off-farm storage.
Once again, industry experts will host one-to-one sessions in the Grainstorm area, providing a unique opportunity for visitors to consult on issues of concern. These will include marketing options in a challenging season and the ability to take an independent view on proposed projects.
“Whether farmers are looking to renew, update or adapt their grain handling and storage facilities, UK Grain will provide them with insight,” says Mr Newbold.
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