Thursday February 25 at The Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary
This conference looks at options open to farmers to mitigate price volatility, boost productivity and resulting incomes, access cheaper finance and create value added. It also takes a detailed look at the new trailer regulations which were brought into force at the beginning of the year.
Grain farmers’ incomes have fallen significantly in recent years as growing world stocks dampens investor sentiment, pressuring grain prices lower. Key speakers will address a number of topics including: market outlook for 2016, price risk management strategies, role green cover and catch crops, alkaline grain storage & preservation systems among other items.
Agricultural prices according to the FAO’s food price index have fallen by close on 30% from 2011 to 2015. The cereal price index alone for 2015 was down by 15% and continues to fall. The International Grains Council in its latest report has forecast grain carryover stocks for the 2015/16 crop year to build. High world grain stocks, the largest in almost 30 years, in tandem with a slowdown in the Chinese and other developing economies, falling oil prices and the resulting turmoil in financial markets continues to pressure world grain and agricultural commodity prices lower.
Jer Bergin, National Chairman, of the Irish Farmers’ Association
Jer was elected as Chairman of the IFA. He is also National Treasurer and Returning Officer for the Association. He runs a suckler beef, tillage and sheep farm in partnership with his brother in Ballacolla, Co. Laois.
James Nolan, Senior Grains Trader Barnett– Hall
James is the senior grain trader with the Barnett – Hall group. R & H Hall has been the largest supplier to the Irish feed industry of grain and non-grain feed ingredients since 1839. He graduated from UCD with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. He joined R & H Hall directly after leaving college and has worked there as a commodity trader with them for the last 7 years.
Philip Reck – Production Manager at Cooney Furlong Grain Co. Ltd & Farm Manager at Walter Furlong Grain Ltd.
Philip has pioneered the growing of green cover crops. This has delivered significant benefits in terms of improved soil structure and increased yields. He has a degree in Agriculture with Business Studies from the University of Aberystwyth.
James Maloney, Machinery Editor, Irish Farmers Journal
James is the machinery editor at the Irish Farmers Journal. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen. Before joining the Journal he worked as a Crops & Machinery lecturer for Teagasc in Kildalton College 10 years. Prior to that he worked for IFA and IP Europe. He also runs a tillage farm in Co Laois.
Nick Ashmore – CEO at the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI)
Nick previously worked at the Irish National Pensions Reserve Fund. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen. The SBCI is a new promotional financial institution set up by the Department of Finance to source long term low cost finance and use this to support lending to SMEs in Ireland.
Neill Kidd, Director of Export Sales, Strathclyde Nutrition, Scotland
Neill previously worked for BOCM Pauls. Strathclyde Nutrition has developed a cost effective and efficient system of grain storage and preservation, known as Maxammon. The enhanced pH and increased protein delivers nutritional benefits and increased performance.
James Staines, Partner Kennedys
James has 25 years’ experience advising a range of Agri Business and Representative Groups on a range of agri law, regulatory, and litigation advises.