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Brexit experts to speak at major farming event

June 4, 2019 by  
Filed under Crops

Two experts will provide key advice on how the region’s arable farmers should prepare for Brexit.

Euro-law specialist Peter Wilding and agri-economist Graham Redman will meet farmers from across the UK at this month’s Arable Event. The one-day show takes place on 19 June at Weston Under Lizard, Shropshire.

Both men will outline their thoughts as they detail forthcoming changes and the challenges facing the farming industry as the UK prepares to exit the EU – regardless whether a deal is reached or not.

The free to attend event, organised by Wynnstay and GrainLink, is in its sixth year and is set to attract more than 1,200 visitors.

Mr Wilding is credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with coming up with the word Brexit. He was formerly the Conservative party’s director of communications. Now he heads up the Brexit team at law firm FBC Manby Bowdler.

Mr Wilding will share his knowledge by talking to farmers about:

• Where precisely Britain stands with Brexit on the day of the event

• How Brexit will impact farmers and other agri-businesses in the short and longer term

• What steps can be taken to deal with various aspects of the new reality of Britain’s relationship with the EU.

Mr Redman, partner and research economist for the Anderson Centre, is also author of the John Nix Farm Management Pocketbook. He will discuss:

• Potential winners and losers of Brexit from an economic perspective

• Trade flows – what are they, how they’ve changed and why

• Trade barriers, tariffs and non-tariffs

• The loss of agricultural subsidies and the impact of their abolition.

Mr Redman will also highlight a case study from within the arable sector, provide advice and answer questions from farmers.

Event organiser Kelly Dolphin said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming both Mr Wilding and Mr Redman to this year’s Arable Event.

“Their expertise will be welcomed by farmers up and down the country who are facing many uncertainties right now and they will benefit from all of the advice and guidance they can get.”

At a practical level, there will a focus on precision farming, with the latest equipment on display. Exhibitors will include Rea Valley Tractors, who will be demonstrating the John Deere 750A with its new Pro Series opener.

Machinery highlights

Another highlight is expected to be the latest Horsch Avatar no-till drill, provided by main dealer, Edwards & Farmer of Shrewsbury, plus Battlefield Machinery bringing the high speed and very accurate Kverneland u-drill.

Those attending the event will also, for the first time, be able to book one-on-one ‘ask the expert’ sessions with key specialists across a range of topics, collect BASIS and NroSO points and tour the extensive variety trials established by Syngenta.

These include winter wheat, winter barley, oilseed rape, cover crops and winter triticale, with guided tours taking place throughout the day to share updates on how the varieties are performing.

The Arable Event takes place on the Shropshire and Staffordshire border and free tickets are now available to book online at www.thearableevent.co.uk.

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