Uplands 2030 - New Era, New Opportunities: Exeter

Past Event - booking closed

Mon, 10 February 2020

10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Westpoint Exeter, Clyst Saint Mary, Exeter, Devon


Presentations from the day:

Morning Session

Afternoon Session


Uplands 2030 is being jointly run and organised by the SW NFU and AHDB. Now a regular event, the SW Uplands conferences have developed a reputation for bringing in a predominantly farmer audience and tackling the biggest issues of the times in a positive way.  The focus is always on solutions and answers and not descending into rabbit holes of despair.

For Uplands 2030 the theme is all about the future of farming on SW uplands. We are looking at how farmers, landowners, government, national parks and academics see the opportunities. There will be a look at what might be the ways to make money in the coming years and where the focus of the key buyers (commodity, government and environmental) is going to be and how farmers can get involved.

Speakers from: Farmers from across England, Defra, Exmoor National Park, Duchy of Cornwall, Environment Agency, Derek Gow Consultancy, NFU, AHDB, University of Exeter.

Please book using the 'Book now' button above, or email: south.west@nfu.org.uk or phone: 01392 440700







Registration – tea and coffee


Welcome and introductions

Melanie Squires, NFU Regional Director


Setting the scene: Where are we heading?

Where are we now

Thomas Binns, NFU Uplands Forum Chairman

What makes a successful and resilient farm

Matt Lobley, Professor of Rural Resource Management, Director of the CRPR, Exeter University

The upland estate at a time of change

Tom Stratton, BSc (Hons)  MRICS  Deputy Land Steward, Duchy of Cornwall

How National Parks see the future

Sarah Bryan, Chief Executive, Exmoor National Park Authority

Panel discussion (15 minutes)




Joseph Keating, Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager, AHDB


Building Business Resilience





Against all odds

Layland Branfield, Farmer, Dartmoor

Why bringing back the beaver to a farmed landscape is a no brainer

Derek Gow, Derek Gow Consultancy

Identifying opportunities for your farm business

Jim Beary, Farmer, Peak District

The value of farmers and  landowners collaborating

Chris Musgrave, Farmer, Wiltshire

Panel discussion (20 minutes)





Who would fill your boots?

Yellow Wellies – Farm Safety Foundation



Kevin Bishop, Chief Executive, Dartmoor National Park Authority



What are we selling and who is buying?

Agriculture Bill and Trade

Alex Stevens, Regional Policy Manager, SW NFU

The Future for Beef and Lamb


Tom Forshaw, Senior Analyst, AHDB


The future Environment Land Management Scheme – Getting it Right!

Gavin Ross, Head of ELMS, Defra

Delivering on Opportunity

Guy Whiteley, Catchment Funding Advisor, Environment Agency.

Tom Dauben, Senior Flood Risk Adviser, Environment Agency

Opportunities for Farming Carbon

Harley Stoddart, Resource Management Scientist, AHDB

Panel discussion (30 minutes)



Close and summary

Will Jackson, AHDB Strategy Director