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Chairman’s welcome and introduction
David Missen, ICAEW Farming & Rural Business Community Subject Matter Expert
Keynote: Future Farming and Countryside Programme - Farming reforms and next steps
Briony Turner, Head of Strategic Policy in the Future Farming Countryside Programme at Defra joins us to look at the latest developments in the process of the changing subsidy regime - and how members, as professional advisers, can help.
Update on UK farming: a look at current trends, policy changes and profitability outlook
Richard King, Partner & Head of Business Research at The Andersons Centre, provides an overview of the prospects for the farming industry looking at policy, markets and profitability.
Sowing the seeds to improve mental health in agriculture
Emma Haley, Charity Manager at YANA has worked in the charity sector, and mental health, for over 12 years. Emma is also a Trustee of HOPE after Suicide Loss, a charity that supports those bereaved by suicide. On a day-to-day basis Emma is focused on leading YANA through a phase of development and growth, ensuring the services are the best they can be at all times.
A working farmer's perspective - Gareth Wyn Jones, Farmer
Gareth’s family have farmed at Ty’n Llwyfan, for over 370 years. The farm breeds 3,500 sheep and 300 head of cattle. He features regularly on mainstream television, is an author of a bestselling book, a regular contributor on social media and is known as the “tweeting famer”. He constantly seeks to educate the public about sustainable / seasonal food, farming, it’s heritage, time honored traditions and its challenges.
Tax update - Ros Martin, Tax Consultant
There are a lot of developments at the moment - MTD, the transitional relief, potential changes in capital allowances, ATED, Stamp Taxes and all the implications of green farming - Ros will look at recent legislation and how it will affect our farming clients
Chairman's round up
William Nixey, Chair, ICAEW Farming & Rural Business Community
Bank finance for the estate and farm market
Mark Ashbridge, Managing Director at Ashbridge Partners will be covering the rural finance sector, interest rates (where next?), fixed rates & protection as well as reviewing green finance and how this will impact the finance market.
Keynote: Funding the food chain of the future – to seize the opportunities which will appear. What has changed and what hasn’t?Allan Wilkinson, Head of Agrifood & Sector Heads, HSBC UKInflationary pressures, climate change and sustainability requirements all seem to make Brexit and the aftermath of the Covid pandemic potentially distant memories. How do businesses take all this in their stride and move forward with their plans and seize the opportunities which undoubtedly will appear? What will their funders continue to look for, whether on farm or further along the food processing chain? What strategies will be needed to operate at pace and with success?
Monetising natural capital for farmers, a pragmatic view
David Meredith, Principal Rural Business Consultant at DJM Consulting will discuss what is natural capital; exciting opportunity, it’s where the world is heading; existing monetising opportunities (nutrient neutrality, BNG etc); pitfalls and traps for farmers.
Sustainability and the rural economy
Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, Partner, MHA Macintryre Hudson joins us to give us the run down on the political perspective of agriculture and food, cutting through the green noise and tips for SME businesses.
Connecting data - the opportunity for UK agriculture and the role of the accountant
There are exciting opportunities for accountants to support the connectivity of UK Ag. David Kirby from Figured discusses the role the accountant can play in supporting farmers and others to access quality financial and production data in order to make better decisions.
ICAEW Farming Committee - Panel session
The ICAEW Farming Committee gather for a panel session covering topics including; how farmers are reacting to the subsidy cuts, getting to grips for the change of basis period and the tax consequences of greening. This is your opportunity to raise your questions and opinions on the points covered by our speakers over the past couple of days.
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