Countryfile star at Agrii Conference

Adam Henson, centre, from the BBC's Countryfile team, will be the headline speaker at the Agrii Conference.
Adam Henson, centre, from the BBC's Countryfile team, will be the headline speaker at the Agrii Conference.

Farmers and growers from across the North of England are being urged to attend the seventh annual Agrii Conference, which will be held at Bishop Burton College on Thursday 11 February.

The event, which will be hosted by the College in its Olympic-standard equine arena, will feature keynote speakers David Downie, chief executive of Agrii; Adam Henson, Countryfile presenter; Colin Lloyd, head of agronomy at Agrii, and Guinness World Record holder Rod Smith, who recorded a record-breaking crop yield of 16.52 tonnes per hectare in 2015.

College chief executive and Ppincipal Jeanette Dawson OBE believes the event is a must for all growers who are keen to ensure their businesses are healthy enough to meet the challenges of climate change, sustainability and unpredictable market forces.

She said: “The event is offering a programme of speakers who will give delegates a real insight into how business leaders are preparing for the challenges facing the industry. They will hear about how research and development can deliver tangible benefits, how they can maximise their crop yield and how the market is exploring solutions to a variety of on-going challenges.

“I am confident that this year’s programme will lead to lively debate and plenty of new ideas for attendees to think about.”

This year, David Downie will address the challenges facing UK agriculture, and consider Agrii’s response and support.

The conference will also hear from Rod Smith, the new Guinness World Record holder for the highest wheat yield per hectare. Rod, who runs a family farm with a vision for high output crops, will explain the importance of having a dedicated team and how his soil and crop management has paid dividends.

Back by popular demand is conference headline speaker, Countryfile presenter Adam Henson. Adam will update the conference on his TV role and how he tackles difficult farming issues.

If you would like to attend please contact Lorraine Christie at Agrii on 01738 646713.