Right now, farm businesses are facing a multitude of challenges: climate change, unpredictable weather patterns, changes to future farm payment schemes and adjusting to new consumer demands. But as research shows, farm businesses can improve resilience by utilising the most powerful asset at their disposal: nature.
When farmers make nature a shareholder in their business by working with it instead of against it, there are real opportunities to become profitable and adaptable in the long term.
This conference, with guest speakers and a live Q&A, will tackle farm business concerns to show where and how this can be achieved. Our workshops will offer practical solutions for adapting your business and will provide actionable insights on working towards the Maximum Sustainable Output (MSO) of your farm, using real-life learnings from farmers who have changed their approach.
Accountants, economists, scientists and other supporting industry professionals will be showing how nature has an impact on both climate change and the ‘bottom line’ of business.
Tuesday, 19th October
Welcome 9:30am – Opening remarks by NFFN’s Martin Lines and Sir Dieter Helm
Session 1 10.30am – 11.15am – Starting Your Nature Means Business Journey
Covering the core principles of nature and its impact on your business.
Guest speakers: Professor Tim Benton and Chris Clark, Nethergill Associates
Session 2 11.30am – 12.30pm – Practical Solutions for Practical People
A panel discussion with farmers who have changed their business to work towards MSO through a maximum sustainable business approach.
Guest speakers: five farmers from across the UK
Session 3 1.15pm – 2.30pm – Accounting for Nature
Showing the difference nature can make to your profitability
Guest speakers: Armstrong Watson (Accountants) and Brian Scanlon, Nethergill Associates
Session 4 2.45pm – 3.45pm – Nature as a Business Partner
Bring your questions to the panel. This session will include references to the new payment schemes being developed across the UK and the role of nature and the environment within these.