Over 140 people attended a Farming Forum at Market Rasen Racecourse last Thursday. The Forum which is held bi-annually was sponsored by Nicholsons Chartered Accountants and Perkins George Mawer & Co and is in its 10th year.
Mike Perkins from Perkins George Mawer & Co opened the Forum by welcoming everyone. He also introduced the speakers who are all experts in the field of agriculture.
The organisers of the Forum were delighted to have secured keynote speaker, Jonathan Gill from Harper Adams University. Jonathan gave a most up to date and inspiring talk about his experience of being part of the Hands Free Hectare team, which this year successfully drilled, tended and harvested a crop without operators in the driving seats of the vehicles or agronomists on the ground. Jonathan is a qualified robotic engineer with 10 years of experience specialising in mechatronic systems.
Nick Sharp from Perkins George Mawer & Co was the first to take the stage. Nick spoke about the affects Brexit would have on the agriculture sector when the UK leaves the EU. He also looked at the pros and cons of the UK leaving the EU with and without a deal. Elton Moulds also from Perkins George Mawer & Co gave an update on the rural grant system and applications.
Catchment sensitive farming was the subject for Phil Gibson from Natural England. Speaking about managing pollution, soil husbandry and drainage to help improve the water quality gave Phil the opportunity to highlight the advice available to manage these areas. He also gave an update on Countryside Stewardship, looking at what’s new and changing within the regulations.
The legal aspect was covered by agriculture specialist Catherine Harris from Wilkin Chapman. Catherine’s talk included protecting the family and assets, partnership and tenancy agreements and landownership. She also emphasised the importance of lifetime gifts.
Over coffee delegates had the chance to chat to other businesses and the trade stands supporting the event.
Richard Grayson from Nicholsons took to the stage for the penultimate presentation before handing over to Jonathan Gill. Richard spoke about Making Tax Digital and the timeframes as well as the recent and upcoming tax changes.
The Forum came to a close at 1pm when lunch was served.