Cereals: The Arable Event


Stand 919

Alongside price, cost and margin volatility, Brexit brings further threats and opportunities to farm businesses. During the ‘Are you ready for 2020?’ debate (12:30, both days), Jack Watts, AHDB Lead Analyst, will look at some key resilience-building steps that businesses can take ahead of the UK leaving the EU.

The debate, which includes a free hog roast, will feature alongside a ‘Brexit bucket list’ exhibit to raise awareness of key questions to be considered by farming businesses ahead of Brexit.

The Expert: Tim Isaac – Head of Knowledge Exchange, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds

Tim IsaacTim grew up on a small livestock farm, but after studying Agricultural Business Management at Wye College, he embarked on a career as an arable business consultant and agricultural valuer. Over the next twenty years, he became a specialist advisor on the management of arable farms, contracting arrangements and joint ventures. He joined AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds in 2013 with responsibility for developing the Monitor Farm programme in East Anglia. Building on this success, he was appointed Head of Knowledge Exchange in 2016.


Stand 832

The agriculture sector must be ready for the challenges it faces post Brexit.  The next two years will be vital for the agriculture sector and it must do all it can to bump itself up the list of the Government's Brexit priorities.

At the Bidwells stand, Jonathan Armitage will advise agribusiness owners on a wide-range of issues and opportunities for farming, rural property and businesses and look forward to the possibilities for post Brexit agriculture in the UK.

He will highlight the challenges at stake for the agriculture sector post Brexit, which fall into four categories: direct subsidy support, trade relations, labour and existing regulation.

In the longer term we can expect reduced levels of government funding, but there are also some areas where we expect funding to continue such as for wildlife, landscape, helping with productivity, and dealing with volatility areas with particular hardship.

We can expect a rapid drive for efficiencies which will inevitably will mean an increase in the pace of consolidation across most sectors and a concentration of environmental effort in areas where food production economics are more marginal.

But there will be opportunities for progressive farmers and for the imaginative-thinking around land use and releasing the value of environmental management. This is where Jonathan’s experience and knowledge will be invaluable.

The Expert – Jonathan Armitage MRICS MIAgrM

Jonathan ArmitageJonathan Armitage is Head of Agribusiness at Bidwells and has over 25 years’ experience in farm and estate management and consultancy.

His experience includes the management of farming businesses for a range of clients, from individuals, family farms, trusts and charities through to farms managed on behalf of national or international investment funds. He is also involved in regular consultancy work and administration of joint ventures including a large number of contract farming arrangements.

Jonathan advises potential farmland purchasers on investment return expectations and appropriate business structures, with a key specialism in National and European Farming Policy. More recently, he has used his expertise to help clients prepare their businesses for a sustainable future in a post-Brexit environment.

Jonathan has been a member of the Agricultural Valuers’ Farming & Environment Committee, assessing the implications of proposals for changes to subsidies and regulations for farming businesses and is able to offer professional advice to rural businesses wanting to secure their incomes in uncertain times.

Brown & Co

Stand 810

Cereals show is attended by our rural departments. Our Agricultural Business Consultants and Land Agents offer a wide range of services across the sector. This year’s focus is on Brexit proofing your business.

Change is on the horizon for UK agriculture, our ‘Fit for the Future’ strategic property and business review service helps farm businesses prepare for change.

The experts: Judy Strawson & Paul White

Judy Strawson

Judy StrawsonFrom an arable farming family in the Lincolnshire Wolds; Judy has worked in Lincolnshire for Brown & Co since 2007.

Judy is involved in a wide range of rural professional work including: sales and lettings of farms and land, machinery auctions, landlord and tenant matters, compensation claims and valuations for a variety of purposes including mortgage, tax and stocktaking.

Judy is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a RICS Registered Valuer and a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Paul White

Paul WhitePaul is a partner of Brown&Co, based at our Grantham office. He advises on a wide variety of farm business enterprises to include arable, root, vegetable and livestock on structural and strategy issues, business reviews, business and enterprise planning, whole farm budgets and cashflows, contract farming, labour and machinery joint ventures, machinery planning, EU and UK legislation to include the basic payment scheme and CAP issues.

Paul has an arable and root farming background in Lincolnshire before joining Brown&Co in 1988.


Stand 808

The referendum decision to leave the European Union (EU) will result in greater changes to the rural economy than any decision taken in the past 40 years. What impact will this have on you? Whether you are a farmer, a landowner, a professional working in the rural community or a rural business owner, you will be affected. CLA can help.

As our political leaders negotiate the next steps, our advice and guidance will give you the vital support you need to manage your land and business. Our leadership and influence will give you the reassurance that your interests are being protected.

At Cereals find out about:

Direct Support - the principles for building a more competitive and sustainable rural economy through a world-leading Food, Farming and Environmental policy.

Trade - the need for a trade policy that creates markets for farmers at home and abroad. As the ministerial portfolios for the Department for International Trade have been confirmed, it has become clear that no minister has the sole responsibility for agriculture.

Regulation - calls for the Government to overhaul specific EU regulations that work poorly for UK rural businesses, consumers and the countryside in time for Brexit.

Labour Market - the rural economy will be particularly affected by changes to policies on employing migrant workers from the EU post-Brexit and that uncertainty may affect investments and job creation in the rural sector. 

The Expert – Ben Underwood

Ben UnderwoodBen was appointed CLA East Regional Director in January 2015 following a four-year spell as CLA Wales Director. During his time there, he advanced the impact of the CLA’s lobbying in the country and built relationships with key politicians, and oversaw a significant growth in membership.

Ben has worked for the Association for 10 years and, previous to working in Wales, held posts as Conservation Adviser and Assistant Director South East.


Stand 816

Lloyds Bank Agriculture will be delighted to discuss any aspect of farm business, banking requirements and Brexit with visitors to the stand.  Particularly, we can discuss funding and planning diversifications and alternative income streams, fixing BPS rates and managing risk in volatile times.

The Expert – Ben Makowiecki

Ben MakowieckiBen Makowiecki is Agricultural Area Director in the East of England and has been with Lloyds since May 2016.  Prior to this Ben has worked in agricultural banking and agri-business consultancy since graduating from Wye College in 1998.  Ben and his team will be delighted to discuss all aspects of farming, banking and Brexit and the opportunities and challenges that may arise during a period of uncertainty.  Our ability to lend up to 25 years with no break clauses and to offer similar term fixed interest rates enables us to help your business mitigate against uncertainty and volatility.  

During the Cereals event, we will be gathering your views on the future of farming, post –Brexit and particularly on the recently published Institute for Public Policy Research report on the future of subsidy payments.

Lloyds Banking Group is focussed solely on the UK market, which means we truly are “Helping Britain Prosper”


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