Welcome to The Business of Farming Conference


The Business of Farming Conference is a one-day event that brings UK farmers together to inspire, motivate and share solutions to strengthen their businesses.

Organised by Farmers Guardian and sponsored by Farmcare, the event has been researched with a wide number of farmers, from all sectors and regions, who collectively identified the burning business issues they wanted to learn more about.

The day was split into four themes and looked at managing succession, raising finance, the art of negotiation and personal management. The sessions were delivered through a balance of lively discussion and interactive workshops.

Speakers challenged the status quo in a thought-provoking event which put forward practical solutions to the challenges facing the farm business of today and in the future.

Briefing Media’s group head of content Emma Penny said: “We spoke to a lot of farmers to find out what they want to learn about so this conference has been put together to reflect all the things that people have asked for.”

Richard Quinn, chief executive of Farmcare, added: “There’s a huge opportunity to restructure what we do and how we do it and we need to take time out to think about how to build a resilient farm business.”

The Business of Farming Conference
2016 highlights


Conference Topics

The Business of Farming Conference interviews

Sian Bushell interview


Paul Brough interview


Matt Waterfield interview


David Cooke and Andrew Mclane interview


What delegates said


Elizabeth Asquith, North Yorkshire
“The conference was a good opportunity for networking and to find out about managing finances. Our family has a small pig and poultry unit but I want to expand and start our own business. The event has been useful for me. Really informative.”

Oliver Scott, South Norfolk
“I’m a farm manager on an estate and I can see that there could be some succession decisions to be made so I came to the conference from that point of view. I’m also looking to segregate the various enterprises on the estate so I was looking for professional advice to take back home with me and it was really useful for that.”

Oly White, East Yorkshire
“I’m from a traditional family farm and we have taken on quite a few rented acres recently. I came to look for new ideas and opportunities, particularly with on financing options for family farms. The networking has been good too.”

Why attend the conference?

  • The content was researched with farmers for farmers

  • Hear from motivational speakers from both within the farming industry and outside of the farming industry,  offering no-nonsense advice and expert knowledge you can take home and apply to your business

  • Benchmark your business for success in challenging times

  • Be inspired by individuals who have grown something from nothing

  • Listen to fellow farmers talk about the challenges they have overcome and the changes they have made to boost the growth of their business

  • Return home with a mind full of ideas and practical tips you can start implementing immediately

Sarah Turner

Lisa Boyd

Richard Quinn

Siân Bushell

Roger Mercer

Paul Brough

Matt Waterfield


Doug Fleming

David Cooke

Steering Group


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