Managing Volatility As The New Norm - PRESS RELEASE

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Managing Volatility as the New Norm - PRESS RELEASE

Date Published: 28/09/2015

National Farm Management Conference, 26 November, London

Managing volatility as the new norm is the theme of this year's National Farm Management Conference to be staged in London on Thursday 26 November.

A comprehensive range of topics will come under the microscope in two parts led by an inspiring line-up of speakers featuring a mix of farm managers, farmers and industry influencers scheduled by conference organiser, the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM).

AHDB chairman, Peter Kendall will lead the morning session with his take on the future of British farming. Climate change and its impact on global food security will be covered by the Department for International Development's Prof Tim Wheeler whilst risk management and farming will be explored by Royal Bank of Scotland's Jimmy McLean. Volatility and its impact will also be examined by McDonalds UK supply chain director, Connor McVeigh and Genus ABS Europe and MENA regional director, Andy Thompson.

The afternoon session chaired by Yorkshire Dairy Goats' David Alvis will be led by Thia Hennesy from Ireland's Rural Economy Research Centre discussing the country's exposure to market volatility and it's coping strategies, whilst the need for risk management will be argued by ForFarmers' raw materials director, Tony Bell, himself a farmer.

Finally a panel session covering views on managing volatility will feature AHDB strategy director dairy, Amanda Ball; Euston Estate's estate director Andrew Blenkiron; Waitrose UK agricultural manager, Duncan Sinclair and Graham Redman research economist with The Anderson Centre. The evening reception will be addressed by LEAF chief executive, Caroline Drummond.

"The Institute of Agricultural Management has organised a one day event which is designed to inspire and challenge farmers, farm managers and industry influencers alike," says IAgrM director, Richard Cooksley. "Managing volatility is already posing a major challenge to all farming businesses regardless of commodity, and it's one to which solutions will have to be developed and adopted if they are to remain profitable and sustainable."

For further information and to book a place call IAgrM on 01275 843825,,