The 2019 National Farm Management Conference will explore how farm and rural business managers and their advisers can challenge their approach to managing change in their own businesses, against a background of unprecedented change.

“Agriculture and rural businesses will have to evolve if they are to remain sustainable and viable in rapidly changing times,” says Institute of Agricultural management (IAgrM) national director Victoria Bywater. “Whatever the nature and scale of the farm business, managers need to understand how the various political, economic, environmental and global influences will impact the business and how to react.”

The morning session will address the bigger picture, with Professor Nigel Scolan from Queen’s University, Belfast and Captain Bob Rusbridge from Babcock International discussing the factors influencing successful change management, plus the Small Robot Company’s Sam Watson-Jones on the potential of emerging technologies.

The following sessions will examine on-farm change management case studies by enterprise, with speakers including Nick Green of Alvis Brothers on dairy, Tom Bradshaw on combinable crops and Andrew Francis on field vegetables.

There will also be an evening reception with a keynote speaker – Victor Chesnutt, deputy president of the Ulster Farming Union.

“This conference will encourage delegates to step back and think about how they, and their business, need to change,” adds Ms Bywater. “To make the most of the opportunities provided by advances in technology and data to develop businesses fit for purpose in a rapidly changing environment, farm managers must be prepared to challenge everything they do and how they do it.”
“To make the most of the opportunities provided by advances in technology and data to develop businesses fit for purpose in a rapidly changing environment, farm managers must be prepared to challenge everything they do and how they do it,” Victoria continues. “No-one can afford to sit still and this conference will provide the catalyst for effective change management and help delegates move their businesses in the right direction.”

The conference, organised by the IAgrM, takes place on Wednesday 13th February 2019 at The Royal Society in London. Tickets cost £160 (+VAT) for IAgrM members and £210 (+VAT) for non-members, with a student price of £66.67 (+VAT).

More information and bookings via www.iagrm.org.uk/events or tel: 01275 843825.