President’s keynote address at Norfolk farming confernece

Farmers' leader Peter Kendall will present the keynote address at next month's Norfolk Farming Conference.

He will address the theme 'Future opportunities for farmers - land use 2020' at the John Innes Centre, Colney, on Thursday, February 23.

Mr Kendall, who faces re-election at the National Farmers' Union's ruling council the previous afternoon, needs to secure 75pc of the votes from members to remain in post.

Prof Ian Crute, chief scientist of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, will also address the 400 delegates at the conference, which is organised by Anglia Farmers.

Already more than 300 of the places have been booked.

Two speakers on energy and power have also been invited to address the latest conference, which will again be chaired by Essex farmer Guy Smith.

James Alcorn, commercial manager, of Energy Power Resources, will be joined by Philipp Lukas, managing director of Future Biogas, who will talk about feed stocks for anaerobic digestion.

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