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Fieldwise
AGRONOMY NEWS FROM
DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018
Sebastian Graff-Baker
ANDERSONS
‘Sustainable productivity’
Supporting profitable
farming for the long-term
Identifying ways for arable farms to become more financially
and environmentally sustainable was the focus of this year’s
Hutchinsons Winter Technical Conference in Peterborough
With talk of post-Brexit cuts to
farm support intensifying and evertightening environmental regulations,
the 350 delegates at this year’s
conference heard how there is
a real need for farm businesses
to improve their financial and
ecological sustainability.
Direct support was still a major
contributor to profitability on many
farms, so the prospect of future
subsidies being cut by potentially
half to two-thirds was a significant
concern, Sebastian Graff-Baker
from Andersons told delegates.
Total Income From Farming (TIFF)
figures showed that in the past 20
years there had been a whole decade
(1998-08) where UK farms had
struggled to make a profit from crop or
livestock production alone and while
the situation had improved in recent
years – partly driven by exchange rates
- the situation remained fragile, he said.
Widespread economic uncertainty
and market volatility at home and
abroad added to the pressures facing
growers and meant all businesses
had to maximise the efficiency of
every operation, HSBC’s head of
AgriFoods Allan Wilkinson added.
Allan Wilkinson
HSBC HEAD OF AGRIFOODS
“Relentless benchmarking”
and budgeting were vital to highlight
areas for improving farm performance
and therefore maintaining future >>>
profitability, he said.
Fieldwise
ViewPoint
80 Years
Serving
Farmers
David Hutchinson
CHAIRMAN
2018 will be a milestone year for
Hutchinsons, marking eight decades
of service to UK agriculture.
Agriculture has progressed a
great deal during those 80 years
– improving yield, quality and
environmental protection and we
are proud to play our part in helping
our customers achieve those
improvements.
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