21st Century Farming: Evolving in a Changing Landscape

11:00 AM, Astor Pavilion

Join Sam Barnes, Tom Sewell, Richard Wordsworth, Sarah Mannooch, and Callum Preece as they cover topical subjects in this year’s headline seminar, such as diversification, sustainability, the post BPS funding scheme, and creating natural capital – helping you to navigate opportunities in an ever changing political and environmental landscape.

Sam Barnes

Sam Barnes

Owner & Direcotr of SJ Barnes Ltd

Sam Barnes is the owner of SJ Barnes Ltd, a mechanical viticultural contractor based in the Garden of England. Having grown up on a Kentish vineyard, Sam founded his own business in 2017, providing vineyard owners and managers a full range of vineyard establishment and mechanical management services. With years of experience in machinery, Sam is well placed to offer an experienced and focused approach. Sam will be speaking about the diversification of rural land into viticulture and will be available to talk to about his services at stand 7.

Tom Sewell

Tom Sewell

Soil Farmer of The Year (2021)

Tom Sewell is a second generation farmer from Kent. He farms in partnership with his wife, Sarah, and parents and looks after land for 15 different landowners. As a 2013 Nuffield Scholar, Tom travelled to North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Scotland to study the topic of "moving from sustainable to regenerative farming using no-till systems". As a result of his scholarship, Tom transitioned the whole farm to no-till in one year! He is also a director of Weald Granary and writes regularly in Direct Driller magazine.

Callum Preece

Callum Preece

BTF Partnerships, Rural Surveyor

Callum Preece is a Rural Surveyor and Environmental Consultant at BTF Partnership. He provides advice on a range of rural property matters with a growing focus on natural capital and the environment. Callum identifies natural capital opportunities and develops and delivers environmental initiatives for farmers and landowners looking to maximise income. Callum will be speaking at Farm Expo about National Capital opportunities and the work BTF is doing with colleagues at the Kent Wildlife Trust Consultancy Services in identifying and delivering these schemes.

Richard Wordsworth

Richard Wordsworth

NFU Senior Basic Payment Scheme Adviser

Richard Wordsworth is the NFU's Senior Basic Payment Scheme Adviser and has been with the organisation for over 20 years. Prior to this, Richard worked in East Anglia as a Farm Business Consultant. Richard has dealt with the support schemes since the days of IACS. During his time at the NFU, Richard has covered most things from individual claim queries, implementation issues, drafting guidance, to raising concerns directly to Ministers. This knowledge has helped with his current work on a range of schemes being developed.

Sarah Mannooch

Sarah Mannooch

Brachers Senior Associate

Sarah is a Senior Associate in Brachers' Private Client Team and has over 15 years' experience as a solicitor. With expertise in tax and succession planning, Sarah advises clients on how to protect their private wealth, now and for future generations. This includes advising on areas such as estate administration and inheritance tax planning. Sarah works with a number of regional farming families and rural business owners and has an in depth understanding of the specific legal issues faced by people in the agricultural sector.

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