Exmoor is sharing some of the inspirational work taking place on upland farms, to demonstrate new opportunities for tomorrow’s farmers. An afternoon conference being held by North Devon+ at Raleghs Cross Inn on 27 November will highlight the innovation and adaptation required to address today’s challenges – whether practical, economic or environmental.
“We want to highlight the contribution being made by the younger generation of farmers on Exmoor, and to explore where support is needed for the farmers of tomorrow in these changing times,” said Kate Harris, Exmoor Hill Farm Project coordinator at North Devon+ “The Hill Farm Project has worked closely with many younger farmers through our Business Support programme and our Forward Farming Discussion Group. We want to ensure that their experiences, ideas and voices are heard locally and in the corridors of power.”
With Defra currently consulting on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the conference will explore the issues and challenges facing farmers and how these can be addressed. The opening speaker at the event is beef and sheep farmer David Knight who farms with his family near Minehead.
“The North Devon+ Hill Farm Project has brought together farmers from across Exmoor who are really keen and positive about the future of farming, they have great ideas and are prepared to work hard, they just need more opportunities to give it a go,” said David who has recently taken on the role of Chairman of the newly formed Exmoor Hill Farming Network.
One of the main issues for people looking to get a step up on the farming ladder is lack of available land to farm. Land prices have continued to rise and so have rental prices with any available land being snapped up quickly. Speaker David Fursdon is only too aware of this issue and will share his experience of seeking a tenant for the 24ha Rixham Farm within his mid-Devon estate. As Chair of Defra’s Future of Farming Review published earlier this year, he highlighted the need for the industry to take more responsibility for its own future and urged Government to support them in doing so.
With a range of speakers and a final panel chaired by Exmoor based Robin Milton, chair of the NFU’s National Uplands Group, the conference will highlight the contribution being made by the younger generation of farmers and debate where support is needed for the farmers of tomorrow.
To reserve your FREE place please contact North Devon+ on 01643 841455 or email email@example.com