The National Farm Management Conference is set to return to the QEII Centre in London on Thursday, November 7, 2024.

The conference which is run by the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM), aims to “explore intelligent management” for the future, which will cover innovations in intelligent farm systems.

The conference will also discuss how management and a range of new technical and business skills, including automation and artificial intelligence (AI), remain “vital” to success.

IAgrM director, Victoria Bywater said that the speakers at the 2024 conference will not only look into emerging and future technology, but also question how this will make people management even more critical.

Bywater added:

“The rapidly evolving environmental and political landscape means it’s clear we need to be able to manage our farms and supply chains even more intelligently than we’ve done in the past.”

The one-day event involves a range of speakers from across the industry and includes an opening session from chief economist at the Un Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Máximo Torero.

Torero will share the view on commodity prices, input costs and outline the challenges of scarcity of supply and cost inflation. 

Chair of G’s, John Shropshire will relate these issues to the management of his own business, while Andrew McLay, from Innovate UK, will look at future innovation opportunities and challenges in the agri-business sector.

The first session will discuss leadership in agriculture and personnel of the future, with insight from speakers from Harper Adams University, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, Morrisons and Forces Farming.

A chair session led by Lincolnshire farmer, Thomas Gent will discuss “what sort of intelligent farm systems will we need for the future?”, which will specifically look at the role of automation.

Jack Bobo, from Nottingham University, will join the session alongside Ed Ford, from Dyson Farming and Matt Percy, Vice-President of Business Innovation with a specific focus on AI from John Deere in the USA.

David Jones from Hatton Bank Farm and Kate and Vicky Morgan from East Yorkshire will provide a “hands-on point of view” to the delegates on how they manage high quality people and innovation on farms.

For more information or to book your tickets for the National Farm Management Conference, visit the IAgrM website.