Joint Shropshire Farming Conference on Improving Business- 14/01/2011
More than 70 Shropshire farmers and landowners heard cutting edge ideas on how they can improve their businesses from industry and legal experts at Harper Adams University College and Shropshire-based law firm FBC Manby Bowdler LLP.
The Your Farm Matters Conference held at Harper Adams University College Campus took place before Christmas and gave attendees the chance to hear the latest thinking on food security, economic sustainability, farming in a changing economic climate, taxation and town and country planning issues.
The half-day conference was designed to be a forerunner to a series of lectures, which will take place over the next year and will focus in more depth on these issues which are vital to sustain a healthy farm business.
Dr Barrie Florey, Head of Rural Affairs and Environment at Harper Adams said: “The conference and the accompanying lectures address some of the issues facing farming today, an industry where business cost management and profitability is vital to secure long term business viability.”
Steven Corfield, Partner and Head of Agricultural and Rural Services at FBC Manby Bowdler, who leads a group of nine specialist lawyers and currently works for a large number of farming clients and landed estates, including the Crown Estate, said: “Farmers and landowners are being forced to deal with a myriad taxes and business regulations, but this has also opened up many new opportunities, and allowances, with which they require expert help. This conference and the subsequent lectures will go some way to helping farmers meet these challenges most profitably.”
Further information on the joint lecture series at Harper Adams University College is available from Emma Welch on tel. 01952 815300.