Thrings Agriculture Seminar: Introducing Environmental Farmers Group guest speaker

Colin Smart Thrings guest speaker

Thrings’ Annual Agriculture Seminar returns this month and we are proud to welcome Colin Smart, Board Member of the Environmental Farmers Group (EFG), as our guest speaker.

A firm fixture in the agriculture calendar, with more than 200 farmers and rural professionals in attendance, the event returns to the Royal Agriculture University in Cirencester on Friday, 10 November.

This year’s event will be looking forward at how the sector could change in the coming years, with Thrings’ Agriculture and Planning teams providing a range of advice on how to strengthen and secure your businesses for the future.

Opening the seminar, Colin will be discussing how farmers can protect and enhance nature for the public good and how this links with the EFG’s mission to harness scale and member cooperation in securing the best environmental results and financial returns.

A lifelong supporter of the rural sector, Colin’s career in the agriculture machinery has spanned 40 years having worked for John Deere and Kverneland before founding Smart Agricultural Services in 1998, which went on to become the largest John Deere dealership in the south west and one of the largest JCB dealers in the UK.

After selling his business in 2021, Colin began his association with the EFG, a farmer co-operative in the Natural Capital sector, joining the board the following year and leads the organisations efforts in member recruitment and sponsorship.

Colin said: “I am delighted to have been invited to speak at the upcoming Thrings Agricultural Seminar and contribute to this year’s highly topical theme, ‘the future of farming’.

“Farmers across the country are currently being presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve the environment, which will impact generations to come, whilst getting a fair return for natural capital trades.”

Thrings’ renowned Agriculture Seminar returns on Friday, 10 November with the firm’s agriculture, planning and development experts discussing the biggest issues for the rural sector as part of this year’s topic “The Future of Farming”. To find out more and to book your place, visit here.

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