New Entrants in Farming: Environments for dialogue
Tuesday 4th of February 2020, Location: Biotechnical Faculty
This programme is not final and prone to changes.
8.30 Opening of registration
9.30 Official opening by Andries Visser (Wagening University), Irma Potočnik Slavič (University of Ljubljana) and Dr. Darja Majkovič (Director-General at the Agriculture Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Slovenia)
9.45 Getting to know each other
10.10 Key Note Speaker 1: Zvonka Jelenc, European Commission DG AGRI
10.40 Coffee break
11.10 Key Note Speaker 2: Mrs. Alenka Zapušek (Newbie Slovenia)
11.40 Key Note Speaker 3: Jannes Maes, President CEJA and Newbie in Belgium
13.30 Award winners in the spotlights with the story from the Scottish Newbie award winner: Lynn Cassells (Lynbreck Croft), Maja Turnik (Biodynamic farm “Zlate misli”) and the Slovenian Award Ceremony
14.30 Parallel sessions on specific challenges of Newbies – round 1
15.30 Coffee Break
16.00 Parallel sessions on specific challenges of Newbies – round 2
17.00 Networking open space
18.15 Closing the conference
New Entrants in Farming: Environments for Dialogue
Below you will find the list of topics which are to be addressed in two rounds.
|Session theme||Round 1
|1. Meeting the challenges: business models of new entrants||Room A10||Room A10|
|2. Matchmaking and collaboration, experiences from Ireland||Room A11||Room A11|
|3. Farm incubators in France: fostering newbies skills through innovative synergies between advisory services||Room 1||Room 1|
|4. Financing differently: money and land||Student Room||Student Room|
|5. Access to Land – are “joint ventures” a model for new entrants in expensive land markets?||Room A5||Room A5|
|6. Factors that influence farm entry, exit, non-entry and non-exit decisions||Room A6||no|
|7. Are soft skills the missing link to connect value chains actors and support Newbies?||no||Room A6|
Description of sessions.
Meeting the challenges: business models of new entrants
NEWBIE facilitates the development and dissemination of new entrants’ business models. The session provides insights into NEWBIE’s case studies of dozens of inspiring and innovative business models of new entrants from nine European countries including a short videotape of a nice example. The aim is to widen the range of cases, finding commonalities and differentiators for classifying new entrants’ business models.
Moderator: Bernd Pölling, Fachhochschule Südwestfalen (FH SWF), Germany
Matchmaking and collaboration, experiences from Ireland
This interactive session will look at matchmaking of retiring farmers/landowners and new entrants in Ireland and the routes taken once the match has been made. This will be followed by a discussion sharing ideas from all participants on how best to support and encourage collaboration between older farmers/landowners and new entrants throughout Europe.
Moderators: John Moriarty and Gordon Peppard, Teagasc, Ireland
Farm incubators in France: fostering newbies skills through innovative synergies between advisory services
RENETA (French Network of Farm Incubators) will present the diversity of farm incubators in France. What is our definition of a farm incubator? How are they organized in France? What is the added value of incubation for a new entrant in agriculture? We will also identify together what is specific to the French context and what can be developed in other countries.
Moderators: Claire Quintin and Jean Baptiste Cavalier, RENETA, France
Financing differently: money and land
Crowdfunding, land funds, investors: there are many opportunities to finance business expansion or start-up different then by bank loans. Can you finance your business like this? In this workshop full of practical examples you get inspiration for your own financing, with or without loans from the bank.
Moderator: Marcel Vijn, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands
Access to Land – are “joint ventures” a model for new entrants in expensive land markets?
Access to land is a persistent barrier for new entrant farmers. Amidst expensive land markets and low rental turnover, what innovations help get aspiring farmers on the land? In this session, we explore the potential of “joint ventures” using cases that have emerged from the United Kingdom and compare these models to other alternatives.
Moderator: Adam Calo, James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom
Are soft skills the missing link to connect value chains actors and support Newbies?
This session will focus on the needs in soft skills and new knowledge, required to create dynamic value chains that can attract and maintain new entrants. Soft skills have shown to be the keys for successful collaboration, adaptation and resilience for the long term establishment of new entrants. Is there enough attention to this skills concerning collaboration? And how and by whom can soft skills be promoted?
Moderator: Teresa Pinto Correia, University of Évora, Portugal
Factors that influence farm entry, exit, non-entry and non-exit decisions
How do entry, exit, non-entry and non-exit decisions – or simply demographic decisions – emerge, develop, mature? What factors play a role in this decision process? Why does someone eventually choose to become a farmer, to take over a farm, to start up a farm, to continue farming, to postpone retirement… or not to do so? In this session we discuss how different types of factors interfere with farm demographic decisions (based on SURE-Farm research results) and how we can support future potential entrants to make their way into the farming sector.
Moderator: Isabeau Coopmans, Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO), Belgium
Each participant is asked to provide his/her choice of two sessions at the NEWBIE Event reception. Each session will host 15 participants: if the session of your choice is already full, we will ask you to choose another one from your list. The NEWBIE project team would like to have a cosy and well-connected environments for dialogue.