10th Aug


TFA Media Release No. 20 – TFA Conference to Focus on Longer Term Farm Tenancies

TFA Conference to Focus on Longer Term Farm Tenancies

The Tenant Farmers Association is staging a special conference on 01 September to coincide with the 20th Anniversary of the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 as part of its campaign for longer term Farm Business Tenancies.

TFA Chief Executive, George Dunn said “The TFA has been running a year-long, FBT10+ campaign to champion the need for longer term Farm Business Tenancies and this conference is the next ‘set piece’ event in the campaign.  We are pulling together farmers, landowners and professionals to discuss where we are with agricultural tenancies and how we can ensure that they have a vibrant, long-term future.”

The conference will take place at the Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre in Lambourn, West Berkshire and limited places are still available.  The conference is free to attend but booking is essential.

“We are delighted with the range of high calibre speakers that we have attracted for this event,” said Mr Dunn.

Henry Robinson, President of the CLA and Alastair Martin, Secretary to the Duchy of Cornwall will provide the views of the landlord sector.

From the professional side we have Jeremy Moody from the CAAV, who was also one of the principal architects of the 1995 legislation and Nick Millard who is now with Michelmore Hughes and Vice President of the CAAV, but was also part of the research team involved in the 2002 review of Farm Business Tenancies carried out by the University of Plymouth.

From a business perspective we have Euryn Jones, Agricultural Specialist from HSBC who are also sponsoring the event and Steven Powley a young farmer from Cumbria who has secured a 10 year Farm Business Tenancy.

“With the average length of Farm Business Tenancy only a little over three years this is holding back progression, investment and sustainable land use.  FBTs have been too short for too long and now is the time for that to change. The TFA wants average lengths of term on Farm Business Tenancies to be 10 years or more,” said Mr Dunn.


Ref:  MR20

Date: 10 August 2015

Notes for Editors:

For further information contact George Dunn on 07721 998961 or TFA Communications and Events Co-ordinator Jenna Kirkpatrick on 0118 930 6130 or 07887 777157.

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