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John Giles

What was said at the 53rd Reading Agricultural Club Conference?

06 February 2019

This event is a great tradition and organised annually by the students towards the end of January and attended by a good turn out of c. 200 students, staff and friends of the University, not least a healthy smattering of the Thames Valley Branch of the Institute of Agricultural Management. The students put together an excellent panel of speakers, made up of Barney Kay, the Head of Agriculture from Tesco, Ali Capper, the Head of the NFU Horticultural Board (and an apple/hop grower in her own right) and finally, Dr Anna Macready, a specialist from the University in...

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What was said at the Oxford Farming Conference a few weeks ago?

23 January 2019

This is one of the “flagship” events in the UK ag and food sector calendar and has been running now for some 73 years – so it has stood the test of time, for sure.  Exceptionally well attended, the delegate list looks like a bit of a “who’s who” of British agriculture and food, with the “Head Honchos” of many of the leading supply chain players there - and an array of speakers over the 2 days of the event.   Held in the Examination Rooms in the High Street, the event certainly has a unique feel to it,...

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What did we learn at the East Midlands Farm Association Conference?

21 January 2019

This event is held a week or so after what many see as the “main event” down in Oxford, but I have always been very impressed by the overall quality of the programme that Paul Wilson and his colleagues pull together year after year -  and the level of attendance.  I have always personally felt it could easily command a wider audience of the 100 or so who largely come from the Nottingham region. Set on the excellent Sutton Bonington campus, the day had a rich range of speakers and plenty of time for that all important networking too – what...

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