Farming Connect has selected two of Wales’ most iconic attractions to stage this year’s highly anticipated Women in Agriculture Forums, which are now an acknowledged highlight of the year for many women working within the industry in Wales. Building on the success of previous Women in Agriculture events, which each year attract capacity audiences, this year’s double billing will be held at:
• Portmeirion, Penrhyndeudraeth, LL48 6ER – Tuesday, 19 September 2017
• Cardigan Castle, Cardigan SA43 1JA– Thursday, 21 September 2017

Both events will run from 10am to 4pm. This year’s speaker line-up will be headed by Carmarthensire farmer’s daughter Fflur Sheppard. Fflur was recently headhunted by one of the UK’s leading communications companies and personally spearheaded a major retailer’s hugely successful campaign to rebuild trust in the brand and its employee relationships. Fflur will be joined by Nuffield scholar and farmer Holly Beckett who has helped grow her family’s fourth generation Midlands farm to include a farm shop, restaurant, cookery school and conference facilities; as well as representatives from two Welsh police forces who will talk about agricultural cybercrime.

Eirwen Williams, director of rural programmes with Menter a Busnes, which delivers Farming Connect on behalf of the Welsh Government and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government, said that the aim of the events is to encourage women to drive forward change and innovation within farming particularly as businesses face the
uncertainties of Brexit.

“Women play a key role in many farm businesses and rural enterprises in Wales and there has never been a more important time to make sure their voices are heard,” said Mrs. Williams. The forums will bring women together and offer them an opportunity to network and create new contacts within the Welsh agricultural industry. Attendees will also participate in three facilitated
workshops. Workshop topics include:
• Managing staff – facilitated by Corinna Lloyd Jones, head of human resources, Menter a
• Grow your people, grow your business – facilitated by Nuffield Scholar and farmer Holly
• Tackling cybercrime in farming – Paul Callard, Dyfed Powys Police and Nicholas Hawe, North
Wales Police

Booking is essential for both these events. Please call Sian Tandy on 01970 631404 or e-mail or to reserve your place online visit

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