Book now – Future Farmers Spring Debate on 19th March 2024

Food and Nature: Finding The Right Balance

This is the timely topic of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire’s Spring Debate on the evening of Tuesday 19th March 2024.

With changes to UK agricultural policies now impacting farm incomes and the opening up of the new Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), we scrutinise the opportunities that lie ahead.

There is much to unpick amid concerns about where profitable food production fits in as support payments become more environmentally incentivised.

Be part of the discussion and cut to the heart of what these changes mean to you.

We will be bringing together an inspiring panel of speakers for a sociable evening of knowledge exchange and networking.

Free to attend and all welcome

Everyone with a stake in British agriculture is welcome along for a fascinating panel-led discussion and for a great opportunity to network with others in the industry.

The event will be held at Pavilions of Harrogate at the Great Yorkshire Showground, starting with supper at 7pm, before the debate starts at 7.30pm.

Line up

Scroll down for details of our speakers.

Speakers at our Spring Debate 2024

Chair – Fiona Tweedie

Fiona has been providing advice to farmers on conservation, grant schemes, reducing diffuse pollution from agriculture and managing ecosystems on farm for over 20 years.

Fiona initially started at the Peak District National Park Authority before heading to Yorkshire in 2005.

Fiona spent seven years as a farm business consultant and knows the importance of a thriving sustainable farming business to delivering outcomes for nature.

Paul Temple

Paul is a third-generation tenant, in a family partnership practising conservation agriculture, growing arable crops and carrying a suckler herd of 240 cows on environmental grasses.

Paul has been a Vice President of the NFU, Chairman of the European farming organisation COPA-COGECA’s Cereals, Oilseeds and Protein Group, and AHDB’s Cereals & Oilseeds Board.

He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Global Farmers Network based in the USA, co-chairs the United Nations Environmental Projects Farmers Major Group based in Nairobi, and is a board member of the Science for Sustainable Agriculture think-tank.

Mike Powley

Mike Powley is a third-generation livestock and arable farmer based at Oak House Farm in Green Hammerton with his family.

Mike farms 350 acres and is passionate about a regenerative approach, managing the land in a way which reduces input costs and usage, and cuts the farm’s carbon footprint.

Mike grows cover crops to nurture soil health, reduce run-off and fix nitrogen in the soil for commercial crops to benefit from, whilst also producing high-quality livestock feed.

Mike believes that SFI offers real opportunities for farms to capitalise on regenerative agricultural principles.

Jo Franklin

Jo is a former agronomist who ran her family’s arable farm and contracting business alongside until the opportunity for Jo and her partner Rob came along to set up on their own in 2014.

Jo and Rob set up ‘Kaiapoi’ a mixed sheep and arable farm in North Hertfordshire, comprising of a 2,500 New Zealand Romney stud flock, 800 acres of permanent pasture and 1,600 acres of arable cropping. A sheep dairy was added in 2022, milking 300 ewes.

Nuffield Scholar Jo has transformed her tenanted farms into truly sustainable and regenerative farming models.

Bernie Davies

Bernie is Rewilding and Regenerative Land Manager for Denton Park Estate near Ilkley where he is focused on producing the highest quality of food through rewilding and regenerative methods.

Bernie aims to create a balanced ecosystem, sequestering as much carbon as possible.

Not sure what to expect?

The Future Farmers of Yorkshire brings together like-minded farmers, vets and industry supporters.

The group is supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and is open to everyone within the industry.

At the last Future Farmers debate, we explored Bounce Without Breaking: Building Resilient Farm Businesses.

Read the full report from our Great Yorkshire Show Breakfast Meeting here.

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