Take greater control of your farm business – new workshops

It is as important as ever to take control of our own farming livelihoods. Evolving political forces and consumer choices mean our industry is expected to undergo huge change in the years ahead.

With this in mind, now is the time to ensure your business is maximising its economic potential. To help you to do so, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society has teamed up with The Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators to hold a series of Mind Your Own Business workshops at different locations at the start of the new year.

Places are heavily subsidised by the Society in order to make the workshops as accessible as possible. The sessions are designed to support members of family farming businesses who are responsible for their own office administration. They will help you to examine costs more closely and identify ways of making efficiencies to boost profit.

Attendees will learn how to recognise and use farm data to produce farm efficiency and performance measurements.

By the end of the session attendees will be able to:

· Understand year end accounts;

· Recognise cropping year versus financial year;

· Produce gross and net margins and identify the cost of production;

· Produce cashflow and budget reports.

Forthcoming dates for the workshops are:

· Tuesday 21st January 2020 at Reagarth Farm, Helmsley;

· Tuesday 4th February 2020 at The Regional Agricultural Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate;

· TBC – Wednesday 26th February 2020 at Askham Bryan College, York, for members of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire group.

All workshops will run from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Places cost £40 per person, plus VAT. Invoices are provided so that VAT can be reclaimed by farming businesses.

A packed lunch is required but tea, coffee and water are provided at each venue. All venues have excellent free parking and workshop tutors are fully qualified and are members of The Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators.

Kate Dale, co-ordinator of the Yorkshire Rural Support Network at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said: “These workshops are friendly and limited to 10 delegates so that they can be paced to suit everyone with plenty of discussion and interaction and loads of hints and tips to take home.

“The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is delighted to support family farms by subsidising the cost of this workshop to make it accessible to all. It is run completely in the spirit of support with no hidden agenda and no sale pitches.

“Please encourage anyone who could benefit to sign up without delay.”

To book a place at any of the workshops, email Kate Dale on Kated@yas.co.uk or call 07912 495604.

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