Farming Conference 2022-23

Our one day virtual Farming conference has been specifically designed for partners and managers with responsibility for a number of farming clients. It is a specialist conference looking at a wide range of practical issues which will enable those attending to provide the best possible advice to their clients.

Programme correct at the time of publication. Mercia Group reserve the right to change the programme and speakers as a result of circumstances beyond our control.


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Full conference agenda


Richard King, The Andersons Centre

This session will cover:

  • Current farm profitability and financial situation
  • Trade and policy changes
  • Market developments and outlook for the main farming sectors
  • The future of UK farming

Neil Owen, VAT Advisory Services Ltd

In this session, Neil will look at a number of topics where changes or new perspectives may be valuable. Subjects covered will include:

  • Installation of energy-saving materials
  • Employee accommodation
  • Grants and subsidies
  • Expenditure on farmhouses

Jeremy Moody, Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV)

This session will cover:

  • England’s Overall Strategy
  • The Death of Basic Payment
  • The New Production Scheme
  • The New Public Goods Schemes
  • Developing Policies in Wales and Scotland

Chris Thorpe, Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)

The session, which will cover:

  • Basis period reform including:
    • Basic intro to MTD and the reason why basis period reform is occuring
    • Overlap profits be utilised and availability of terminal loss relief
    • Reminder of normal loss relief rules with an update of the Nagshineh case
  • Capital allowances:
    • Looking at the recent case of JRO Griffith and storage silos to illustrate the long-standing issues
    • Recent reform consultation and the suggestions made in that document
  • Proprietary estoppel:
    • Brief overview of that equitable concept and implied trusts
    • How such a contentious situation can be avoided

David Missen, Consultant

Is MTD looking ever more problematic? Can anything be done to ease the problems?

How can clients manage the basis year change to advantage?

Will the "outgoers scheme" be as simple as it sounds?

David will look at the changes confronting the industry on a farm by farm basis and assess whether advantages can be drawn from the developments happening in the next few years. He will specifically look at worked examples of the interaction between the factors summarised by the earlier speakers.


Antony Pearce, Moat Farm

An opportunity to hear from a farmer about current issues and how accountants can really add value to their clients.


Jeremy Moody, Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV)

This session will cover:

  • The Environment Act – Framework, Targets, Regime
  • Climate Change and Rural Land
  • Hold onto your Carbon
  • Biodiversity Net Gain
  • Nutrient Neutrality, Water Neutrality

David Missen, Consultant

This short session will look at the accounting treatment of existing and potential green schemes and how this fits in with both income and capital taxes. 


Kit Franklin, Harper Adams University

Kit will recap the fundamentals and history of agricultural robotics, explaining how this shaped the ideas behind the Hands Free Hectare and how the collaboration was born. He will then go on to recap how the project ran for its first two successful years of autonomous cropping honing and improved the performance of the system. 

Kit will also explain how the project grew into a Farm with refreshed aims and highlight the achievements to date. Finally, he will discuss the implications and outputs of the project including economic studies and knowledge exchange activities which are shaping the future adoption of autonomous agriculture.

Conference speakers


Richard is a Partner and Head of Business Research at the Andersons Centre. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer.


Neil Owen

Neil Owen is an independent consultant and speaker. He has specialised exclusively in VAT for nearly forty years, initially working for Customs & Excise, entering the professional world in 1990 and setting up his own practice, VAT Advisory Services Ltd, in 2007. He is the only indirect tax practitioner to be a Fellow of both the CIOT and the BIAC, and has extensive experience of advising on VAT matters in the agricultural and landowning sector. 


Jeremy Moody

Jeremy is Secretary and Adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and an independent adviser.


Chris is a technical officer at the Chartered Institute of Taxation, prior to which he was a lecturer at Mercia. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.


David Missen

Having previously been a Partner within a regional firm of chartered accountants, David is now an independent consultant. He is an agriculture subject matter expert for the ICAEW farming community and also writes assignments and lectures for firms within the sector. He has his own small farm which he has expanded with a mixture of arable, solar and stewardship areas.


Antony trained in finance before returning to farm 900 acres in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire in partnership with his father. He is a leading member of the Joint Venture Farming Group since 2011.


Kit is a Chartered Engineer and research active Senior Engagement Fellow in the Engineering Department at Harper Adams University. His expertise covers a range of topics from mechanical design to precision farming. Kit’s research into “future farming systems” led to the ground-breaking and headline-grabbing world first ‘Hands-Free Hectare’ project, which established and harvested a cereal crop autonomously and has now grown to become the Hands Free Farm.

He is a Current Vice President of Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) and co-chairs the IAgrE Robotics Special Interest Group.

One Day Conference
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