Evening Conference At Three Counties Farming Conference

Chaired by local farmer and BBC Countryfile Presenter Adam Henson 2019's conference discusses creating a resilient farming business.

The end of the farming year is always a good time to take stock and consider the plans for the future.

We live in volatile times with climate change, price volatility and political unrest all contributing to the current uncertainty.

How farm businesses can become more resilient to these upheavals will be a major challenge in the future.

The Three Counties Farming Conference has speakers with first-hand experiences of the challenges and how they have made mistakes and found solutions. Their stories should provide inspiration and hope that a business can be turned around!


Expert Speakers

Ali Capper

Apple and Hop Farmer, NFU Horticulture & Potatoes Board Chair

In Partnership at Stocks Farm, Suckley, Worcestershire UK with her husband Richard and his father Mark, the Cappers specialise in growing hops and apples. They farm dessert & cider apples and hops. www.stocksfarm.net

Ali’s former career was in Advertising & Marketing. Today, in addition to numerous roles at the farm, her work includes membership of the Boards of Wye Fruit, the British Hop Association, the Norton Cider Growers Association and as Chairman of the UK’s NFU's National Horticulture & Potatoes Board, Britlish Apples & Pears and Wye Hops. Ali is a Nuffield Scholar, a Trustee of The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust and a non-executive Director of NFU Mutual.

Ali Capper Ali Capper Apple and Hop Farmer, NFU Horticulture & Potatoes Board Chair

Bryce Cunningham

Ayrshire Organic Dairy Farmer

Bryce Cunningham is an Organic Dairy Farmer at Mossgiel Farm, Ayrshire.  He farms the same land Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, once farmed and is passionate about farming in more traditional ways as Rabbie himself would have done.  Certified Organic since 2018, Mossgiel is also the UK’s first single-use plastic-free dairy, is holistically managed and also uses a calf at foot system, with the girls sharing their creamy, non-homogenised milk with their calves until weaning.  Bryce has built this business form the ground up from 2015 when the milk price crashed, and is this year’s BBC Food Awards winner of the ‘Future Food Award’

Bryce Cunningham Bryce Cunningham Ayrshire Organic Dairy Farmer

George Dunn

Chief Executive of the Tenant Farmers Association

George Dunn studied Agricultural Economics at Nottingham and Reading Universities before working as an Economist at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (MAFF) in Whitehall, London between 1989 and 1992. He then spent 4 years as Rural Economics Adviser to the Country Landowners Association (CLA) before joining the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) as its Chief Executive in January 1997.

He was a member of the National Trust’s Properties Committee from 2001 to 2004 and its Rural Enterprise Panel between 2004 and 2015. He continues as a National Trust Specialist Volunteer on land-use and Governance issues.

  • He was a trustee of The Farming Community Network from 2008 to 2015 serving as Chairman of the charity for five years between 2011 and 2015.
  • He became a Trustee of the Arthur Rank Centre: Germinate in April 2019.
  • He is on the leadership team of his local, Reading based, Elim Pentecostal church.
  • He has represented the TFA on the Tenancy Reform Industry Group since its formation in November 2002.
  • He was a member of the Future of Farming Review Group established by DEFRA between 2013 and 2014.
  • He is a member of the Welsh Government Strategic Framework Partnership Group for agriculture in Wales.
  • He was made an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies in June 2006 and a Fellow in May 2011.
  • He is married to Sharon and has three adult daughters (Alexandra, Caitlin and Morgan).
George Dunn George Dunn Chief Executive of the Tenant Farmers Association

James Manning

Shack Events

Having grown up within a dairy family, James developed his interest in business through his father David's passion for cows and business. Over the years the family business has changed considerably, eventually swapping cows for stadium bars and attempting to create a hybrid rural business that is fit for the future and most importantly encompasses our three key objectives, FUN, PURPOSE & MARGIN.

James Manning James Manning Shack Events