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 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.