Benniworth young farmer to give her perspective at conference

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A Benniworth farm business consultant is one of three young farmers to attend this month’s Lincolnshire Farming Conference on February 28.

Alex Olivant, Alice Cannon and Alex Richardson will be representing today’s young farmers to talk about the challenges they face in the industry and where they hope to see the future of farming in years to come.

The Farming Conference will take place at the Lincolnshire Showground and will provide those working in the agricultural industry with the latest farming news, discussions, Brexit concerns and much more.

Alex Olivant, 21, who is from Benniworth and works for Active Business Partnerships based in Newark will feature in a five minute presentation video, produced by the Lincolnshire Showground, which will be shown to around 300 people attending the Conference.

Alex will then hold a question and answer session with her peers at the end of the video for attendees.

She said: “I am excited to attend the conference later this month.

“Lincolnshire is one of the biggest agricultural counties so bringing together people of all different backgrounds and ages in the industry is important.

“The conference is a great networking opportunity and I am looking forward to meeting new people.

“Working in agriculture as a young professional is really rewarding,

“I am from a farming background originally and so really enjoy working in the industry.

“There is a lot of uncertainty in the industry surrounding Brexit with differing opinions and attitudes and I think it will certainly shake things up and create new opportunities, but it will be exciting to see what happens.”

Jayne Southall, CEO of Lincolnshire Showground, said: “We had a tremendous amount of positive feedback from young professionals last year at the conference so it is great to have Alex, Alice and Alex have a presence at this year’s event.

“We need to we create opportunities for the next generation and it is a key driver behind the conference.

The conference opens at 1pm at the Lincolnshire Showground on February 28.

Tickets cost £12 for adults, £6 for students, with members of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society free to attend once registered.

To book a place at the 2017 conference visit www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk