Our YIELD network have released some exciting virtual speaker events over the next three months including a diverse and interesting line up of speakers for you.
Those wishing to attend should register their interest via the links below on Eventbrite, details of how to join each ZOOM meeting will be included in your confirmation email from Eventbrite.
Tim Heddema Agricultural Counsellor to The Embassy of the Netherlands in London.
Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
It’s a few weeks after the UK’s planned date for leaving the European Union and we have the opportunity to speak to the Netherlands agricultural representative in London. This country is a powerhouse of agricultural innovation and trade, leaders in the game across the world. They are our near neighbour-as the crow flies Amsterdam is closer to Norwich than Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester and Newcastle- and we share much in the nature of our regional landscape and agricultural industry. Many links in Agri & food are already in existence and being further developed, also with the help of the Honorary Dutch Consul for East Anglia, Andrew Wood who is based in Norwich.
Julian Hughes, Alexis Pouye and Leo Vogels join our conversation to give insight into their leading Irish, French and Dutch farm businesses.
Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity to build European links, whilst we have a new relationship with Europe we are still neighbours with much in common. These three farmers are leaders and innovators, who all run fascinating businesses but also bring the perspective from their respective countries.
Julian Hughes (@JulianHughesAg) from Kilkenny in Southern Ireland is managing director of Hughes Farming Ltd they are growers of fresh produce, who supply all the major Irish multiples as well as exporting to North America, Europe and the UK. Julian has a CV which includes agricultural consultancy work across Africa, Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as running a training business.
Alexis Pouye is a farmer and a Seed, Grain and Fertiliser Broker. Well known in the UK as he set up the grain marketing service ODA where he has over the years spoken to many farming audiences. In 2012 Alexis moved back to France where he bought a farm and converted it to Organic production.
Leo Vogels is a farmer from Holland, one hour outside Amsterdam, he has invested extensively in a potato and onion store and pack house.
Minette Batters needs little introduction, at the helm of UK agriculture in the position of NFU President ably navigating turbulent times.
Thursday 18 March 2021 at 7:30 p.m
This is an opportunity to review the year just gone and to look ahead. Minette Batters will present her views and the members of YIELD will have the opportunity to share their questions and ideas.
Minette is a tenant farmer from Wiltshire, she has been NFU President since 2018. Minette’s farm includes a beef herd, a wedding venue, sheep and arable. She is a member of the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 2020 Power List and a subject of Desert Island Discs. Notably she agreed to commit the NFU to a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, has passionately argued the cause for British food standards in the face of possible trade deal imports and was a co-founder of ‘Ladies in Beef’ and ‘The Great British Beef Week’.