Farming Conference 2023-24

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


Graham Redman, The Andersons Centre

This session will cover the current farm profitability and financial situation, including drivers such as trade and policy changes, market developments and outlook for the main farming sectors and the future of UK farming.


Pat Nown, Mercia Group Ltd

In this session, Pat will consider a selection of key tax issues currently of relevance to farmers in their personal and business capacity. The following will specifically be included:

  • National Insurance – fill it or lose it
  • Paying attention to tax aspects of pension savings
  • Partnerships, co-ownership and the trust registration service
  • The risk of national minimum wage
  • Basis Period Reform – overlap, spreading and averaging
  • Any other new announcements or developments.

Julie Butler, Butler & Co

This session will cover:

  • The Spring Budget 2023 environmental consultation
  • Tax treatment and the link to Jeremy Moody's presentation 
  • The interim period to the results of the consultation 
  • The APR doubts on environmental projects and the need for BPR
  • Changes to existing succession planning 
  • Accounts treatment on environmental projects to protect capital taxes
  • The importance of capital taxes and ELMS treatment for all new farm projects 
  • The woodland investor - rollover into bare land and new plantation
  • Consideration of changes to a vast number of farm legal agreements - contract farming, arrangements, partnership agreements, wills etc.

Jeremey Moody, Central Association of Agricultural Valuers

This session will cover:

  • England’s overall strategy
  • Eroding basic payment de linked from land and farming
  • Look to profitable production - restructuring
  • The production schemes and what might follow
  • The developing public goods schemes
  • Developing policies in Wales and Scotland.

Richard Baugh, Woodside Farm

Richards' session will cover his experiences with regenerative agriculture, the consumer response and a farmers' view on selling carbon.


Jeremey Moody, Central Association of Agricultural Valuers

This session will cover:

  • The Framework of environmental policy
  • Climate change and rural Land
  • Hold onto your carbon
  • Biodiversity net gain
  • Water and nutrient neutrality.

David Missen, Consultant

This session will cover:

  • The impact of commodity prices and subsidy changes on profitability and cash flow
  • Restructuring the business for the future - short and long term options
  • The agricultural business plan - why do we need one?
  • Succession - is now the time?

James Hurst, Mercia Group Ltd

This session will look at recent developments in VAT as well as some common VAT challenges that can arise for farming businesses. 

Conference speakers


Graham Redman

Graham is a Partner of The Andersons Centre, author of the John Nix Farm Management Pocketbook and a Director of Agro Business Consultants.

He has been an agricultural economist at The Andersons Centre since 2004. He provides specialist agri-business research services, to public and private organisations alike. These include training, briefings, agricultural modeling and lead project-work. The Andersons Centre is a multi-disciplined farming and agribusiness consultancy, providing advice and interpretation to all sectors in the agricultural supply chain.

Before joining Andersons, Graham was the economist for a major agricultural merchant, focussing chiefly on grain and animal feed marketing providing guidance to the grain trading and grain procurement teams. Prior to that, he was a farm management consultant for a national firm in Central and Southern England. He has worked extensively on several types of farm.

Graham has agricultural degrees from Leeds and Reading Universities.

He is a Council Member for the Institute of Agricultural Management and a Chartered Environmentalist.


Pat Nown

Pat is a tax consultant lecturer at Mercia Group.

Pat originally trained and worked in the profession for Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton and KPMG before moving to the University of Derby as their senior tax lecturer. Her time at Derby included undergraduate and professional tax training as well as being involved in examinations and publishing projects for ACCA and other professional bodies.

This led to a ten year period with the Financial Training Company now Kaplan where she was Tax Product Director for the Midlands as well as becoming well known as a prominent exam based tax lecturer. Over her career Pat has been actively involved in the tax professional bodies including serving as a Council member for 12 years for the Association of Taxation Technicians.


The Woodside Farm in Nottinghamshire has been in the Baugh family since the 1950s and is now made up of three key elements; pigs, sheep and arable. Richard Baugh returned from university in 2009 and although his dad still remains involved, Richard has taken over management of the farm. He has since diversified the farming activities and developed an award winning hog roast business, Bofs Hogs, and Bofs meats selling meat boxes to set them apart and promote the pork reared on the farm. Richard works closely with numerous local butchers for the distribution of his pork and lamb as well as selling Lamb of a Tesco sustainable lamb group. The farm has also been farming in regenerative ways for the last 3 years.


Julie Butler is a farm and equine tax expert and the author of Tax Planning for Farm and Land Diversification and Equine Tax Planning. Her articles are published in the national accountancy and tax press and her work has also been quoted and re-produced in all the broadsheets and financial pages as well as the online forums TaxationWeb and Scopulas.


Jeremy Moody

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


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.


James Hurst

James joined Mercia in October 2022 as VAT trainer and consultant. His role involves writing technical material as well as devising and delivering VAT training courses.

James has a wide experience of VAT and indirect tax, beginning his VAT career with HM Customs & Excise (as it then was) before moving to the private sector in 1995 and gaining his CTA qualification. Latterly, he had VAT partner and head of VAT roles in Grant Thornton and Mazars.

Outside of work music remains a keen interest. Aside from playing jazz on the tenor sax, James is a regular member of the trumpet section of the Leeds Project Big Band.

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Previous Farming Conferences

Explore the programme of our previous Farming Conferences:

2022/23 Farming Conference