FUW reveals speakers for autumn conference

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01/09/2014 14:22


The Farmers' Union of Wales has today revealed its speakers for its upcoming autumn conference themed 'Joint ventures in farming - myth breaking and match making' - to be held at the William Davies Conference Hall, IBERS, Aberystwyth, on Wednesday October 15 .


"In a bid to explore all aspects of succession, addressing the conference will be Duncan Montgomery of Whittingham Riddell chartered accountants on the subject of tax and financial planning, Euryn Jones of HSBC bank will provide a view on the range of joint venture opportunities from the banks' point of view, Nerys Llewelyn Jones of Agri-Advisor is looking at the range of ventures and legal aspects of succession, Malcolm Thomas of JCP Solicitors explores how industry and government can support young entrants through initiatives such as the Young Entrants Support scheme and Tony Evans of The Andersons Centre will speak on his experiences of advising and supporting  joint venture farming contracts," said FUW younger voice for farming committee chairman Darren Williams.


"In addition to the range of speakers we will also be holding a number of workshops facilitated by Kathryn Lewis and James Neame of Davis Meade Property Consultants on succession planning and the practicalities, Charles Coats of Charles Coats Associates Ltd will look at opportunities for succession on local authority estates, Gail Lewis of Agri-Advisor will explore the range of available opportunities in joint venture farming and Tony Evans of The Andersons Centre will host a session on how to make the best possible match.


"This conference aims to put the spotlight on succession, which is often a taboo subjects for farming families. There are plenty of young enthusiastic people who wish to enter the industry so we hope to clear up  some of the myths and preconceptions about joint venture farming to help those who have not yet planned their future and who may be interested in more information on the options available to them," added Mr Williams.


FUW president Emyr Jones said the conference was the start of a process for the union, which aimed to encourage farmers to look at ways in which their land will be farmed in the future, whilst offering them security and access to support.


"We would like to extend a warm welcome to all those interested in learning more about joint venture farming and urge you to book your space for the conference by contacting your local county executive officer or the FUW press office on 01970 820820," said Mr Jones.

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