Farming: Spotlight on Managing Change in Arable Sector

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FACTORS influencing future business prospects from both a local and global perspective will be addressed by leading agriculturists at the The Arable Group's bi-annual Outlook Conference next month.

The conference "Managing change - rising to the post-SFP challenge" will be held once again at Scotch Corner, North Yorkshire, on February 8.

Presentations, from leading authorities within the industry, at the conference will include future prospects for UK crops, biofuels, environment and land use, profitable crop production and more.

Speakers include: Ian Crute - director of Rothamsted Research since 1999 - gained a 1st class Hons degree in Botany and a PhD at Newcastle University His career has taken him through a number of research organisations including Warwick-HRI, a Fulbright research fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison USA, head of the Crop and Environment Protection Department at HRI East Malling, back to HRI-Wellesbourne as head of Plant Pathology and finally director at Wellesbourne.

Clare Wenner - head of the Transport Biofuels, Renewable Energy Association. A graduate of Cambridge University, Clare worked for 10 years in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. She then spent 10 years with a well-known lobbying company in London, specialising in agriculture, food and international trade issues and setting up the company's operations in Brussels. After four years as corporate affairs director at Geest plc, Clare set up her own consultancy and now works for the Renewable Energy Association and British Sugar plc.

Carmen Suarez - the NFU's chief economist. In her role she co-ordinates the work of the economic team, providing economic advice to NFU office holders and other members of staff on a wide array of issues.

She acts as lead on issues related to market analysis, trade (including WTO), economic developments, and CAP prospects. After a BSc in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Oviedo (Spain) and an MA in European Economic Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), Carmen proceeded to follow a PhD in Economics at Nottingham University.

Andrew Wells - principal consultant, TAG Consulting 2004 Ltd. Andrew joined ADAS in 1987 as an arable consultant in Lincolnshire following a degree in Agricultural Botany. He moved to Nottinghamshire in 1990 and now provides crop consultancy and business advice to clients across the East Midlands. …