Cambridgeshire farmer and founder of FaceTime a Farmer, Tom Martin, has been appointed the new East of England Farming Conference (EoEFC) chairman.

Outgoing chairman, Richard Whitlock said the conference had become a “must-attend” winter event for those interested in connecting with the future of the industry.

“I have now handed on the baton to Tom Martin, and along with a young, enthusiastic and extremely capable team of session chairs and East of England staff, they are producing a valuable programme for this coming November’s conference. I will certainly be attending and wish the new team well for the future,” he said.

38-year-old Tom Martin runs a medium-sized cereal farm, growing wheat and barley alongside his mother and father.

FaceTime a Farmer

Martin has also launched an initiative called ‘FaceTime a Farmer’ where schools can sign up to regular video call sessions with a local farmer.

The idea behind the project was to show young people where their food comes from as well as how it is produced.

Martin said: “I am extremely proud to be appointed chairman and thank former chairman Richard Whitlock not only for his service in steering EoEFC to become a key annual event for progressive leaders in the industry, but also for his wisdom and friendship.”

This year’s conference will take place on Thursday, November 1, at the East of England Arena and Events Centre.

Entitled “Fit for the Future” it hopes to industry business leaders to understand, embrace, and adapt to change in the coming years.

The conference will host a series of key sessions with inspiring, motivational, and informative speakers from the fields of politics, science, and industry with a focus on in-field productivity, and business profitability gain.