Tenant Farmers' Conference programme announced


Speakers have been confirmed for the 2015 NFU National Tenant Farmers' Conference (4 November).

Our Tenants' Market

New for this year is the ‘Tenants’ Market’. Here you’ll get the opportunity to meet NFU advisers and land agents, ask questions and learn more about the benefits of NFU membership and the services on offer for tenant farmers.

Delegates can visit in the morning prior to the conference starting and during the breaks throughout the day.

Who's going to market?

  • NFU Tenants’ Service - Jonathan Evans
  • NFU BPS Team - Richard Wordsworth, Anna Logan
  • Agri-Environment - Claire Robinson
  • Planning Issues - Suzanne Clear
  • Legal Assistance Scheme -Regina Owusu
  • NFU Regional Representation

This year’s conference takes place at the impressive Newbury Racecourse venue.

This bi-annual event organised by the NFU has built up a fantastic reputation as an unmissable day for anyone involved in the tenant farming sector.

The theme this time out is ‘Winning and Progressing in Tenant Farming’.

Speakers already confirmed include two of the NFU’s top team, Meurig Raymond and Minette Batters; the director of rural and coastal for the Crown Estate, Ken Jones; Andrew Troughton of Carver Knowles and Sam Stables, a tenant farmer on the Duchy Estate.

More NFU expertise comes from our rural surveyor, Louise Staples, and head of taxation Michael Parker.

New for this year is our Tenants' Market, giving you the chance to put your individual questions to our specialist staff.

The programme:

*agenda is subject to change

Tenants service logo_200_1019am – Registration open with coffee and breakfast rolls – Delegates have the opportunity to visit the ‘Tenants’ Market’


10am – Minette Batters, NFU Deputy President (Chair)

Session 1 – Setting the new agenda

10.10am – Meurig Raymond, NFU President
10.30am – George Eustice, Minister of State for Food, Farming and the Marine Environment (invited)
10.50am – Q & A
11.10am – Coffee

Session 2 – Tendering for land in a business environment

11.40am – Louise Staples, NFU Rural Surveyor
11.50am – Michael Parker, NFU Head of Tax
12.00 – Andrew Troughton, Carver Knowles
12.20pm – Ken Jones, Director of Rural and Coastal, Crown Estate
12.40pm – Q & A

1.00pm – Lunch

Session 3 – Progressive steps in a competitive market

2.15pm – Sam Stables, Duchy Estate, Herefordshire
2.35pm – Paul Harris, Ernest Cook Trust Estate, Dorset
2.55pm – Paul Westaway, County Farms Estate, Gloucestershire
3.15pm – Q & A

3.30pm Summary – Minette Batters, NFU Deputy President

3.40pm – Depart


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  • Posted by: Brian Morris (R.W.B. MORRIS )Posted on: 13/07/2015 11:15:06

    Comment: I have been a Tenant for 34 yrs. on a privately owned Estate with a 3 generation Tenancy.It is looking as though I will relinquish this tenancy within 10 yrs. but having been a model Tenant with Zero investment from my Landlords if I give up will I receive no compensation despite the unreal increase in value of the property during my custodianship of this 800 acre farm ??

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