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Askham Bryan College participates in the upcoming Country Week conference

Date: 5th October 2021

New developments and innovations in the industry take the spotlight

Askham Bryan College Head of Agriculture, Fiona MacDonald, and Askham Bryan College Farm Manager Rob Yardley of Velcourt Management, will participate in the Yorkshire Post’s first-ever online Country Week Conference on Wednesday 6 October 2021 which will be hosted by former BBC Look North presenter, Harry Gration. The all-day event, comprised of a series of sessions, will focus on current discussions and future developments of the Agriculture industry.  Askham Bryan College will be joined by Bill Meredith, Principal of Bishop Burton College and Andrew Morton of Ripon Farm Services for a session about Agri-Tech. This will focus on the colleges’ new Institute of Technology innovations in precision livestock farming and why they are vital to ensuring environmental sustainability of farming in the future. Discussions will highlight topics such as advent of no-till techniques, robotics, GPS, and drone technology used to achieve regenerative farming will also be covered.

In addition to Fiona MacDonald and Robert Yardley, the day’s roster of speakers and sponsors includes several industry partners who are part of the College’s body alumni, consultants or advisors. This includes Dave Lynch, Senior Relationship Manager, Agriculture, Landed Estates and Renewable Energy at NatWest Bank who also serves on the college's Board of Governors; Rachel Hallos, who sits on the Askham Bryan College’s Agriculture employer advisory group; Robert Copley of Farmer Copley’s Summer Open Day who works with our shearing team; Charles Mills, Director of the Yorkshire Agricultural Show and neighboring farmer and Adam Bedford of NFU, and former student of the College.

Fiona MacDonald, Head of Agriculture, Askham Bryan College says, “We are very grateful to be invited to speak along with the key figures in the industry. The first Country Week Conference will be a platform for pertinent talks about agriculture and welcome the necessary dialogue addressing the current and future issues whilst also celebrating the advancements and developments. As an FE provider for specialist land-based provision, we look forward to representing our sector and contributing to the event.”

More information on the Yorkshire Post Country Week online Conference, speakers and registration can be found at
The Agri-Tech session is scheduled at 11.35am.

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