East Anglia: ‘Next generation’ farmers from Blythburgh Free Range Pork and George E Gittus & Sons address conference

TWO ‘next generation’ Suffolk farmers will be among those presenting their outlook at an East Anglian farming conference next week.

Farmers’ leader Peter Kendall will present the keynote address at next month’s Norfolk Farming Conference. Also among the speakers will be Alastair Butler, of Blythburgh Free Range Pork, and George Gittus, of George E Gittus & Sons of Bury St Edmunds.

Mr Kendall will address the theme “Future opportunities for farmers - land use 2020” at the John Innes Centre, Colney, on Thursday, February 23.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president, who faces re-election at the National Farmers’ Union’s ruling council the previous afternoon, needs to secure 75% of the votes from members to remain in post.

Prof Ian Crute, chief scientist of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, will also address the 400 delegates at the conference, which is organised by Anglia Farmers.

Already more than 300 of the places have been booked.

Two speakers on energy and power have also been invited to address the latest conference, which will again be chaired by Essex farmer Guy Smith.

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James Alcorn, commercial manager, of Energy Power Resources, will be joined by Philipp Lukas, managing director of Future Biogas, who will talk about feed stocks for anaerobic digestion.

Mid-Norfolk MP, George Freeman, who chairs the all-party committee on science and technology in agriculture, will outline his thoughts on feeding the world. - Feed the world.

The latest AF Agflation Index will be revealed by Clarke Willis, chief executive, Anglia Farmers before four “next generation” farmers will present their outlook on the prospects for the industry and their businesses. As well as Mr Gittus and Mr Butler, fenland farmer David Hoyles, of G H Hoyles, Cambridgeshire farmer James Peck, of P X Farms will be giving their views.

Booking forms - www.norfolkfarmingconference.org