Farming leaders meet in Lincoln for annual agriculture conference

Some 400 people gathered to hear about key issues surrounding the agricultural industry for 2016 at the second annual Lincolnshire Farming Conference hosted at the Lincolnshire Showground, March 1.

The conference has tackled issues such as developing technical solutions and planning for the future as well as breaking world records.

Continuing until 8pm, attendees will hear from key speakers such as Jim Godfrey OBE, DSc, chair on the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), who will be sharing his expertise.

The Second annual Lincolnshire Farming Conference

The Second annual Lincolnshire Farming Conference

Having sat as Chair of the International Potato Center (CIP), the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) and the UK Potato Marketing Board before taking up his current position as chairman of the IRRI, Jim discussed latest news and issues facing farmers today.

Chairman Steve Ward for the Education Committee, said: “Being a county with such an important and large agricultural community, we felt it was essential to have a farming conference on home soil so, with partners, we set up the Farming Conference.

“Now in its second year, I’m welcoming those within the industry who now see this event as key in their annual events calendar.

“This year’s highlights will include an in-depth look of what it is like to work with farmers – from a farmer’s perspective, how we can engage more with the next generation, and looking at transferring agricultural research into practical agronomy advice.

“The Farming Conference is not just about approaching those already in industry, we are keen to welcome more students and young people interested in farming to offer them an insight into agriculture business.”

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