Conferences and events

Conferences and events

On this page we highlight
forthcoming events that have links with RDPE. For previous events,
Events and workshops in 2009 and 2010.

A variety of courses aimed at helping rural businesses to
develop or maintain skills are available at The Rural Business School at Duchy
in Cornwall  and the Rural Skills
Centre at the Royal Agricultural College

29 March 2011

Farm Walks to help your business

A farm walk is being held to help farmers in Wiltshire find out
more about the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

It takes place on Tuesday 29th March at Manor Farm, Calne. The
farm has successfully diversified, using RDPE funding to convert a
traditional barn into a wedding venue. The wedding barn will serve
as the focal point for the walk.

The walk is part of a series organised by Business Link to show
farmers examples of diversification. Since 2008, Business Link has
helped more than 400 farms in the South West region receive
funding. Awarded grants have ranged from £4,000 to £2 million.

Roger Smith, Business Link Rural advice manager, said: “This is
a fantastic opportunity for farmers and rural business owners in
the Wiltshire area to see firsthand how other farmers have used
RDPE funding. Manor Farm’s wedding barn is a prime example of how,
with financial help, farmers can diversify into new, potentially
lucrative markets. RDPE funding aims to improve rural businesses
and help farmers to prepare for the future.”

The day will begin at 10.30am with a walk around Manor Farm,
examining the innovative new wedding barn. This will be followed by
a light lunch and a presentation by Business Link’s Rural advisers.
The event is being run in conjunction with the Farm Consultancy
Group who will offer insights into the future of CAP reform, grant
funding, energy generation and nutrient management for arable and
dairy farmers.

The event runs from 10.30am – 3pm. For more information or to
book a place please contact 0845 0707 747 or email

February, March & April 2011

The challenges and opportunities of climate change

Farmers and land managers will be able to hear about the
opportunities and challenges of climate change, environmental
resource management and renewable energy installations at events in
Exeter and Salisbury.

They are:

  • Tuesday 22 March 2011
    Energy Marketplace Exhibition and Seminars at Westpoint, Exeter

    This event is aimed at farmers, landowners and other rural
    businesses to help them cope with the growing demand in renewables
    and let them know how they can take advantage of the government
    incentives such as Feed in Tariffs (FITs) and Renewable Heart
    Incentive (RHI). The event is also offering a 10% discount on
    attendance or exhibition space – just use the code ‘partners’ when
    signing up online. For more information, contact Rachel Hayes on
    01392 474374 or
  • Wednesday 27 April 2011 –
    Green Trade Fair for Farmers at Salisbury
    .  This is a free event, targeted at
    farmers and land managers to find out, see, hear and learn about
    how to make their farming practice more sustainable. From 10am –
    4pm on Wednesday 27 April, Salisbury Racecourse will host more than
    40 exhibitors showcasing new farming techniques, products, kit and
    installations that are aimed at making farming more sustainable and
    less carbon dependent. Wiltshire Council is organising the event in
    partnership with Cranborne Chase AONB and Farming and Wildlife
    Advisory Group (FWAG), with support from the NFU. It builds on the
    Climate Change fairs organised by FWAG and Farming Futures. The
    event will support farmers and land managers in their investment
    decisions by running six seminars covering topics such as planning
    and financing renewable investments, arable innovations, woodland
    management and woodfuel as well as a panel discussion on zero
    carbon farming. There will be strong focus on investment and the
    steps and thinking required in changing to a low carbon and more
    sustainable business model. Any businesses wishing to exhibit
    should contact Susey Bamber at FWAG on 01452 503 853. All other
    enquiries should go to
    Farmers who would like to be invited should contact Julian Head at
    or call 01225 713421

February 2011

ELS Boundary advice on farm
Devon and Cornwall