‘A thousand farmers’ expected for week of agricultural debate

Bishop Burton College is preparing itself for an influx or farmers, food producers and representatives from rural and allied businesses when it holds a week of events dedicated to debating and examining future of the agricultural industry.

Bishop Burton College is preparing itself for an influx or farmers, food producers and representatives from rural and allied businesses when it holds a week of events dedicated to debating and examining future of the agricultural industry.

The week, which will run from the 7th – 11th February and is organised by the College’s Centre for Agricultural Innovation in partnership with Masstock Arable, will include Bishop Burton’s annual Rural Business Conference and the annual Masstock SMART Farm Event.

Both events are free and open to anyone with an interest in farming and food production.

The Rural Business Conference, which is to be held on the 8th of February, will feature presentations by Graham Stuart MP, Masstock’s own David Neale and Professor George Marshall of the Scottish Agricultural College.

The events is entitled ‘Food Production: More for Less’ and will continue on the theme of last year’s conference, which examined the challenges facing farmers from climate change and population growth.

The Masstock event on the 10th February will feature a display of farm machinery and technological innovations and seminars presented by Countryfile’s Adam Henson and GM expert Dr Julian Little, who recently presented at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Organisers of the events are expecting ‘in excess’ of 1,000 farmers to attend the two events.

Bishop Burton College principal Jeanette Dawson explains.

“We hold the College’s annual Rural Business Conference in February and it always generates a great deal of interest from the industry.

“Last year we hosted the first ever Masstock SMART Farm exhibition and it made sense to run the events consecutively and present farmers and food producers with the opportunity to do it all ‘in one hit’ as it were.

“Running these events together also presents our students with the opportunity to meet employers and find ways we can work together – particularly through applied research under the guidance of the College’s Centre for Agricultural Innovation.”

If you would like to attend the Bishop Burton College Rural Business Conference please contact Ruth Hankinson on 01964 553134 or email ruth.hankinson@bishopburton.ac.uk.

If you would like to attend the Masstock SMART Farm Exhibition please contact Hazel Dawson on 01759 302002.

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