Spring Journal: Urban engagement needed

Spring Farmers Club Journal considers the need for more urban engagement, economist Sean Rickard’s views on farming’s future, IAgrE’s engineering remit, apprenticeships, LAMMA show, dairy margins, the Club’s Easter opening…and much more….

The Spring issue of the Farmers Club Journal is now with members – and includes a powerful call for farming to engage even more with an increasingly disconnected urban public.

Independent economist Sean Rickard shares his forthright views on the future of UK farming, and why Brexit is an unwelcome distraction from the main business – improving productivity through greater efficiency and better prices by delivering what consumers want.

Further articles explore the Institution of Agricultural Engineer’s insight into the role of engineering in UK farming, while Farmers Club Charitable Trust beneficiary Roger Clark examines the New Zealand approach to apprenticeships.

Technical innovation is considered in a review of the LAMMA show, which after its move to the NEC near Birmingham seems to be getting ever closer to the atmosphere once cherished at the annual Smithfield Show.

Dairy margin pointers also feature, alongside news of the Club’s Easter opening schedule, an update on the move to a new Club IT system, and an insight into Chef’s ever-popular range of relishes, pickles, and innovative cordials and cocktails now available in the Bar.

New Under 30s Chairman Scott Hayles introduces himself alongside a review of the Under 30s New Members Weekend. The Club’s Under 30s Oxford Farming Scholar Anna Bowen explains what she found so inspiring about this year’s event.

Finally, the Journal details a host of summer events, including a private visit to Eltham Palace, a day at Henley Royal Regatta and a visit to the Hampton Court Palace Garden Show – details and application forms for which are included in the Journal. There are also application forms for a visit to The Marriage of Figaro opera and a Ramos Pinto Dinner in the Club, plus a special Farmers Club/BCPC technical seminar entitled Profiting from new breeding techniques/staying on the right lines.

The full issue can be viewed on the Farmers Club website here.


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