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CLA South East - Future of Farming Conference 2024 (Sustainability and Productivity)

The South East Future of Farming Conference 2024 - Sustainability and Productivity 

We have decided to donate 100% of the cost of the ticket price to this years chosen charity RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution)

This event is open to everyone
(members and non-members) 

Plumpton College, The CLA and Virgin Money are collaborating to put on a South East Future of Farming Conference to be hosted at the college’s £10m AgriFood Centre.

At a time of so much change for the industry, we would like to invite farmers and landowners from across the region, to provide inspiration, insight and useful practical takeaways.

We have secured a number of keynote speakers who will be sharing their own stories and bringing to life how they have invested in technology, regenerative practices and/or people in doing so. We aim to show that British farmers can be global leaders.


2:30pm  Registration and refreshments
3:00pm  Welcome Jeremy Kerswell – Principal
3:05pm  Introduction - Emily Norton - Farmer and Rural Policy Advisor
3:10pm  Keynote speaker 1 – Lord Deben – Ex-Chair of UK Independent Committee on Climate Change ‘How can farmers adapt to current climatic challenges’.
3:30pm  Keynote speaker 2 – Joe Stanley – Head of Sustainable Farming at the Allerton Project. 
‘How British farmers can be global leaders through an increased focus on regenerative techniques and the adoption of greater technology.’
3:50pm  Keynote speaker 3 – Eleanor Gilbert – young farmer and BBC Countryfile Young Countryside Champion 2022 (aka 'Berkshire Farm Girl' on social media).
‘My story, thoughts on young people in farming and the role of social media’
4:10pm  Keynote speaker 4 – Flavian Obiero – also known as The Kenyan Pig Farmer, a Kenyan-born farmer based in Hampshire.
‘How do we get out of the hamster wheel?' – discussing how we can change the way we do things.
4:30pm    Joint Q & A
5:15pm  Workshops:
Session 1: 5:15pm – 5:45pm
Session 2: 5:50pm – 6:20pm
6:30pm  Conclusions
6:45pm  Networking, food and drinks reception
Following the talks and Q&A sessions, we will be running a number of workshops offering practical evidence-based solutions, examining the impact of investment in tech on farm productivity and focusing on skills and people.

On arrival attendees can sign up to two of the four workshops lead by a wide range of speakers and expertise. These are: 

Keston Williams, chief operating officer at Barfoots, talking on tech, food production and sustainability.
James Dempster, MD of Fox & Bear, on marketing and branding.
George Brown, contract farmer, on a young person's journey to farm ownership.
James Hibbert, Deputy Principal at Plumpton College, on its carbon assessment and sustainability journey.

Hosted by Plumpton College, supported by the CLA and Virgin Money

Tickets are available for members and non-members but must be booked in advance.

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Event Details

Thursday 18 April 2024
2:30PM - 7:30PM
Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, BN7 3AE
The cost of this event is £10.00