Evening Conference At Three Counties Farming Conference

Chaired by local farmer and BBC Countryfile Presenter Adam Henson, and starting at 18.30 this year's conference will discuss - Post Brexit Opportunities - planning ahead for the future of food and farming. 

There are great changes on the horizon for the farming industry, no-one really knows how things will pan out at the moment, but there will be opportunities.

The introduction of tariffs by the United States of America will no doubt trigger unheralded response from the rest of the world, and the deteriorating relationship with Russia will add to general uncertainty in Europe.

Brexit brings further uncertainty, but it will also bring opportunity. History has shown that when the New Zealand government scrapped farm subsidies in the 1980’s there was initially a lot of pain, but eventually things turned around as we heard at last year’s Farming Conference.

Join us and hear from our highly experienced panel of speakers who are well placed to consider these opportunities and discuss the areas of growth for the agricultural industry.

Please note a hot buffet will be served from 17.00 before the Evening Debate. 

Expert Speakers

Minette Batters

NFU President

Minette runs a tenanted family farm in Wiltshire. The mixed farming business includes a 100 cow continental cross suckler herd, and a small herd of pedigree Herefords as well as sheep and arable. Diversification includes the conversion of a 17th Century tythe barn into a wedding and corporate events venue, and horse liveries. Minette co-founded the campaigning initiatives 'Ladies in Beef' and the 'Great British Beef Week'.

She has been an NFU member from grassroots through to County Chairman; she served as Wiltshire’s Council delegate and also as Regional Board Chairman for the South West. Minette has also been a member of NFU Governance Board and served as NFU deputy president for four years from 2014 to 2018. Minette is also a Trustee of Farm Africa.

Minette Batters Minette Batters NFU President

David Drew

Member of Parliament

David Drew MP is the Labour and Cooperative Member of Parliament for the Stroud constituency in Gloucestershire following his re-election in June 2017.

In July 2017 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with special interest in farming. 

David previously represented the Stroud constituency from May 1997 until May 2010, during which time he was he was a member of the Agriculture Select Committee and its successor the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

David grew up in Gloucestershire. He studied Economics at the University of Nottingham before qualifying as a teacher and teaching in schools in Warwickshire and Hertforshire.

In 1982 he returned to Gloucestershire to teach at Maidenhill School in Stonehouse and later at Dene Magna Community School in Mitcheldean. He worked for ten years in the education department at Bristol Polytechnic, which later became UWE.

David Drew David Drew Member of Parliament

Neil Parish

Member of Parliment

Neil Parish has been the Member of Parliament for Tiverton and Honiton in Devon since 2010.

He has served continuously on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee since he was first elected, and as of 2015 was elected Chair of the Committee. As a farmer before entering politics, Neil has focused on supporting farmers and the food industry, improving air quality, protecting the environment and promoting animal welfare.

Before entering Parliament, Neil was an MEP representing the South West and Gibraltar. In the European Parliament, in line with his farming roots, Neil chaired the ENVI Committee. Prior to this, he was a dairy farmer and local councillor.

Neil Parish Neil Parish Member of Parliment