Wed, Nov 13, 2019 · 15:30

The South of England Agricultural Society is delighted to announce that 2019’s Farming Conference will take place on Wednesday 13th November at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex. Chaired by BBC presenter Charlotte Smith, this year’s conference will consider in a post-Brexit world whether the industry has a positive future.

This year guest speakers at the conference include Jane King, CEO of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, Richard Anscombe, CEO of Fram Farmers, Julian Marks, MD of Barfoots of Botley, and Kent farmer Owen Piper of M.A. Piper and Son Farms who has recently introduced vineyards to further diversify and ‘future proof’ his family farm business. All speakers will deliver a short presentation setting out their thoughts as to the future, leaving plenty of time for debate and questions.

The popular Technical Forum will also take place before the main Conference. Now in its fourth year, the forum invites active and progressive farmers and students to come and learn about specific subjects.

Chaired by Doug Jackson of NFU Mutual, and Vice-President of Sussex YFC, the Technical Forum brings together a number of experienced speakers and this year’s title is ‘Harnessing the best of technology to drive productivity'. Speakers for the forum include Duncan Forbes, Dairy Research Director of Kingshay dairy consultants and Head of Dairy at the Agri – EPI Centre , and Stuart Hill, who is Head of Technology and Innovation for Hutchinsons crop production specialists.

The Technical Forum, which has been allocated Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points this year, starts at 3.30pm and refreshments will be available from 6pm ahead of the main conference which runs from 7pm - 10pm.

Both the Farming Conference and Technical Forum are FREE to attend, but visitors must register for BOTH through the farming conference page at

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