Suffolk Farming Conference 2022

The Suffolk Agricultural Association and Fram Farmers, in partnership with Scrutton Bland, were pleased to host the Suffolk Farming Conference at Trinity Park on Thursday 3rd March 2022.  This event is exclusively open to members of both organisations.

With the focus of “Getting to Grips with the Future”, the conference covered a number of topical issues to help members of both organisations plan ahead for their farming businesses.

The morning session included a commodity review and outlook by ADM, a presentation on “Farming Beyond BPS” from Wilson Wraight and Savills as well as a discussion of “Net Zero in Agriculture”.

In the afternoon delegates were able to choose to attend three breakout sessions from the following options; Woodland Management, Water Management, Grants, Sensors and Data Innovations, Alternative Power Platforms and Automated Farming.

Delegates were also able to visit a range of supplier stands linked to topics covered by the conference during the lunch period.



9:00am     Registration and coffee

9:15am     Conference Welcome – Andrew Read, Fram Farmers Chairman

9:30am     Commodity Review & Outlook – Mark Ostwald and Jonathan Lane, ADM

11:00am   Break & Exhibitors

11:30am   Farming Beyond BPS - Emily Norton, Savills and Giles Cooper, Wilson Wraight

                       Summary of Changes, Net Margin Forecast

                       Implication for Contract Farming and FBTs

12:15pm   Net Zero in Agriculture: Income, Cost or Mission Impossible

                Carl Atkin, Terravost

                Thomas Gent, Gentle Farming

1:00pm     Morning Summary – Nick Banks, Scrutton Bland

1.10pm     Afternoon Briefing - Andrew Read

1:15pm     Lunch & Exhibitor stands


Breakout Sessions (delegates can attend any 3 x 40 minute sessions)

2:30pm     Session 1

3:20pm     Session 2

4:10pm     Session 3

  1. Woodland Management
  2. Water management
  3. Navigating the new grants landscape
  4. Sensors and data innovations
  5. Alternative Power Platforms
  6. Automated farming

5:00pm     Conference Closing Summary – David Barker, President of the Suffolk Agricultural Association

5:30pm     Conference Close

If you have any questions regarding this event, please get in touch with the SAA via email or Fram Farmers via email