New RASE conference to focus on the next generation

A NEW industry-led conference addressing the future success of the farming industry has been launched.

Organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of England and Fresh Start, and supported by Farmers Guardian, the initiative is in response to growing reports that suggest the industry needs a skilled workforce, with achievable plans and new entry opportunities.

The two-day conference features a range of speakers, who will tackle the key decisions affecting family succession, new farming opportunities and the need for skills in setting up and running new farm businesses.

Case studies will highlight working examples of successful transitions.

Entitled ‘Farming: the Next Generation’, the conference will be held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire beginning on May 17 with an evening dinner followed by the day event on May 18.

With a special entry fee deal of £65 for two generations from the same family attending, the event is designed to appeal to those starting their farming career, families tackling succession issues, advisers, professionals and policy makers working to support new entrants.

More Information or to book your place, contact Laura Cruse on 02476 685 3060 or visit

What’s on

The opportunities and challenges

Monday, May 17

Conference dinner

7pm with guest speakers including John Baker and Richard Ashworth MEP

Tuesday, May 18

Full Conference

9.15 – 10.00 Registration, tea and coffee

10.00 – 10.10 Welcome and introduction from the chair – Denis Chamberlain, MBE

10.10 – 11.20 Succession and New Blood – Understanding the challenges

The need for ‘new blood’ will feature the succession challenge, the family business or new business, with a succession case study. Speakers will include Dr Matt Lobley from Exeter University, Royal Agricultural Society of England and the National Trust.

11.40 – 13.00 Working with Succession – the opportunities

Topics include tenancies, share-farming, working with established businesses, options in the family business, succession planning, options for those wishing to exit the industry and related support organisations and mentoring. Speakers will include John Baker from Iowa State University and the International Farm Transfer Network, Tenant Farmers Association and Nuffield scholar Mike Mack from Easton College.


14.00 – 15.30 Business skills and working towards a successful business

Working for a professional industry, the importance of business skills alongside technical skills, financing your future, finding opportunities. Speakers will include Henry Cator OBE, chairman of RASE, Phil Barker, policy director for Agriculture at Lloyds TSB and Richard Longthorp, farming chair of the Agriskills Forum.

15.45 – 16.45 Inspiration for the Future

A selection of case studies of new entrants and businesses will offer an insight into their businesses success. The session will offer the chance to meet them, see their achievements and join in with a debate and Q and A session to a panel of speakers from the day’s events.

17.00 Conference ends

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