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Lincolnshire Farming Conference to focus on Brexit concerns

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The Lincolnshire Farming Conference will focus on managing risk and planning for the future next month.

The conference will return to the Lincolnshire Showground on February 28 at 1pm and look at the latest farming news, discussions and Brexit concerns for Lincolnshire’s agricultural industry.

Chris Rothery, trustee at the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, said that farmers should anticipate changes post-Brexit within the farming industry and be prepared for a possibly bumpy start to 2017 for the agricultural sector.

He said: “Britain’s decision to leave the EU poses many threats to a number of sectors in the UK’s economy, most notably the farming industry.

“With a high level of uncertainty over the future of the UK agricultural sector, at this time in transition, it is especially important that UK farmers are up to speed with the impact that Brexit could impose on their business.

“The conference will give insight and analysis as well as an opportunity to meet with others in the industry in order to lead their sector into a positive light for the future of farming.”

Kelly Hewson-Fisher from Anglian Water and Bill Clark, Technical Director at science-based agricultural business NIAB, will be giving industry analysis and advice about water management in farming and explaining uncertainty in cereal disease control strategies respectively.

Jayne Southall, Chief Executive at Lincolnshire Showground, said: “As the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, it’s important that we provide ongoing support and analysis on what proved to be a turbulent year for farmers and agriculture in 2016.

“Although the future is uncertain it is still crucial that we are all striving forwards in 2017.

“We are also continuing to focus on young people working in the industry in Lincolnshire who are key to the future of agriculture, with an opportunity to speak with three young, local, talented individuals starting their careers in agriculture with short videos of their achievements.”

The conference will be closed by keynote speaker Guy Smith, NFU Vice President, who will be offering an insight into farming post-Brexit.

Tickets cost £12 for adults, £6 for students, with members of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society free to attend.

To book a space visit the Lincolnshire Showground’s website.