Speaking at the firm’s annual Rural Conference in Chipping Campden, focussed on a theme of farming resilience, James Spreckley said: “This new decade brings with it an era of unprecedented change for the agricultural sector.
“The sector is facing a raft of changes, and all of them will come quickly and affect everyone from the farmers and producers, to every rural and farming business across the UK, many consequent of the UK’s departure from the EU but others driven by climate change concerns and changing consumer demand.
“The changes will mean that many businesses will have to reconsider their operating model, as they adapt to new environmental and support regimes and cope with reduced access to workers and even to changes to the tax rules that have supported succession planning for many years. Of course, it is not necessarily all bad news and access to data and technology will be a change that can provide many benefits but until these ‘bed in’, the industry and those working in it need help with managing these changes, how they respond.”
Held at Lapstone Barn in the Cotswolds, Lodders’ annual Rural Conference attracted more than 140 delegates from across the agricultural sector from farmers, rural businesses to sector professionals.
“We have brought together speakers from across the farming industry to provide some real-life experiences and insights into the issues facing farmers today, such as seizing the opportunity to diversify, of access to technology, of wellbeing, of balancing productive farming with the demands of ‘public goods’ and of protecting farming assets,” James explained.
James Spreckley added: “Whilst the weather continues to be the immediate challenge to most UK farmers, with February being the wettest month for rainfall on record, leaving many farmers unable to drill all their crops or turn out livestock, it is important to recognise the other changes that are coming, not least through the new Agriculture and Environment Bills.
“Changes such as the phasing-out of farming subsidies that is on the horizon and the ongoing uncertainty over the replacement regime, continued pressure around the perceived emissions from farming, and concerns over the outcome of trade deals all mean that the agriculture sector is going to have to adapt. There will of course be opportunities as well as challenges but the important thing for the sector is to engage and respond.”Contact us
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