Conference offers local farmers some food for thought

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The South of England Farming Conference at the South of England Showground, Ardingly, always leaves its audience with food for thought and some tough questions will once again be on the agenda at this year’s event on Tuesday.

The message that resonated from last year’s conference to the 250 farmers, landowners and agriculturalists who attended was that some very hard decisions would have to be taken in the future to keep Britain and its farmers competitive with the rest of the world.

This year’s panel of speakers will be exploring this message even further, debating the question of ‘Who can afford food produced in Britain?’

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) President, Peter Kendall, will be leading the panel of speakers. Crucial issues including sustainability, energy and climate realism, subsidies and world competition will be discussed; and with the demand on food supply increasing year on year whilst land area decreases, the question of whether UK residents will ever be able to afford the food produced in this country will be looked at from every angle. Working on the principle that governments take notice of industries that enjoy wide public support, communicating why farming matters to that wider audience has also been a key feature of Peter’s work and the Society is delighted that he will be joining the panel to bring his expertise to this year’s audience.