Contractor 2019 – Fit for the Future?
12 December 2019, 09:00 – 16:00 / East of England Showground, Peterborough
Sponsored by John Deere
09:00 Registration, tea and coffee
10:00 New NAAC video and welcome from NAAC
10:05 Welcome by the Conference Chair, Cedric Porter, Supply Intelligence
10:15 Financial Forward Gazing, Oliver McEntyre, National Agricultural Strategy Director, Barclays
As weather blights the current season, we look at how contractors can cope, whilst financially planning ahead to a new era of UK agriculture.
10:45 Panel debate: Sustainable productive farming – where do contractors fit?
– Farming without the Single Farm Payment, Stuart Roberts, NFU Vice President
– Farming Green, Phil Jarvis, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
– Technology – but who pays? Russell Price, NAAC Contractor
11:30 Carbon neutrality – pipedream, challenge or opportunity? Neil Carter, SAC Consulting – The UK Government has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050, and the NFU has committed farming by 2040; we consider how this may impact on contractors – looking at how to work out a carbon footprint, business efficiency and machinery costs.
12:00 Taking positive steps, Vicki Beers, National Partnerships Manager, Farming Community Network – Poor mental health is emerging as one of the biggest challenges in the UK farming industry. It estimated that one agricultural worker a week takes their own life. Contractors face unprecedented challenges from the weather, finances and pressures of work but help is there.
12:20 Round-up by the Chairman
12:30 Lunch and exhibition until close at 16:00
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