HEADLINE SEMINAR 2018 - "Is the future of Agriculture bright? Is the future GREEN?" MIDDAY - ASTOR PAVILION

Hosted by THE RAMSAK GROUP, our guest speakers will be discussing issues around soil and land management, the latest scientific thinking, green subsidies of the future and our panel of experts will be on hand to answer financial, legal and tax questions about moving to a more green farming regime. Join us for an informative and lively debate!

 Chaired by Rollo Parsons, the topics to be covered are -

 CO2 output of conventional vs organic farming

 What is carbon sequestration in agriculture and how will future farm subsidies relate to it? 

 Glyphosate – the future

 Soil Management and Top Soil Wash

 Crop types such as Maize – energy or food?

 Soil analysis and crop prediction


 Kevin Kennedy, Director Sustainable Soils Alliance - Kevin has been a director of the Sustainable Soils Alliance since its inception.  By day he is a lawyer at Burges Salmon specialising in agricultural and private client issues, and has day to day experience within the sector.  He a regular speaker and writer.  His involvement  in the Sustainable Soils Alliance began with holding the view that many of the active voices in the agricultural sector were saying similar things about the issues facing soils, but were not necessarily engaging with each other to achieve a consensus and an accepted plan for the future.  With its current events, and its planned 2019 step-change conference, the Sustainable Soils Alliance can help fix that.

 Giles Dadd, Independent Consultant - Giles brings ICI Fertiliser research to the farming community with over 40 years’ experience within agriculture to promote business strategies by developing healthy soils to help feed crops and assessing crop nutritional needs.

 Tom Wilson, BTF Partnership - Thomas joined BTF in 2007 and gained a broad knowledge of rural surveying, training under Mike Bax. He now has a particular interest in environmental grant schemes with excellent local knowledge and contacts. Thomas studied Agricultural Business Management at Wye College. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2010 and as a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers in 2012. Expertise: Single Payment Scheme advice and CAP Reform, Environmental and Grant Schemes, Rural Diversification, Farm and Rural Estate Management, Valuations for Stock Taking purposes

 Jon Drew, AMC - Jon specialised in Agricultural Finance since completing my degree at Seale Hayne some 25 years ago, building up extensive experience in long term rural finance as well as more traditional day-to-day rural banking. Throughout that time, I have been working and building relationships with farm and rural clients as well as key professionals across the South and South East of England. I am an active member of my local Oxfordshire RABI Regional Committee as well as the Royal County of Berkshire Show Society

 Sarah Attwood, Kreston Reeves - Sarah joined Kreston Reeves in 2011 and went on to qualify as a chartered accountant with the firm. She has built up a portfolio of clients who are entrepreneurial businesses with a range of sizes and goals; Sarah looks after these clients for their compliance needs and is increasingly involved in strategic and advisory work across the whole client base. Having grown up in rural Kent, Sarah has been actively involved in the countryside from an early age; using this background she has a particular interest in businesses operating in the agriculture sector. At Kreston Reeves she is involved in the continued development of the Agriculture service line, which includes being active on Twitter and LinkedIn. Outside of work, Sarah is a member of the committees of both her local point to point and of the Canterbury Farmers Club.”

 Blair Gulland, Gullands Solicitors - Blair Gulland is the Chairman of Gullands.  He follows in the footsteps of his uncle Douglas and father John in carrying on the firm’s tradition of Solicitors in Maidstone, Kent. Blair became a partner in Gulland & Gulland in 1975.  He started and now heads up the Commercial Department at Gullands which has grown significantly in recent years.  He also deals with a number of trust matters, particularly being inheritance and family issues, as well as Charity cases.



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