Graduate Surveyor has work published

24th January 2013

Matthew Brown (23) a graduate rural chartered surveyor with George F White in Bedale, has just learnt that he has had his work on CAP reform selected for publication in the Journal of Agricultural Economics, and for presentation at the 87th Annual Economic Society Conference in April.

This is a rare honour for someone just setting out on his career, and is the result of Matthew’s highly acclaimed dissertation on CAP Reform which he then presented to the Royal Agricultural College in December 2012. Over sixty people attended including academics, agricultural experts, farmers and members of rural bodies such as the CLA and NFU.

The full title of the dissertation is: ‘The effects of the proposed Greening measures of the 2014 CAP Reform on dairy, mixed lowland and upland farmers’ and Matthew completed it while he was studying for his MSc in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College in Circencester last year.

Matthew who joined George F White’s Bedale office in September 2012, has recently moved to North Yorkshire. He is delighted that his dissertation has been selected for publication and says: ‘I’m very pleased to have my work selected for publication and that my dissertation was so well received. It was an interesting subject to study and research. The proposed CAP reforms could have a huge impact on farming in many different ways, but if farmers are able to keep themselves informed of policy changes and adapt where possible, it will stand them in good stead.’

Edward Hewetson, George F White Bedale office says: ‘It’s a great honour for Matthew just starting out in his career to have work accepted for publication. This knowledge and experience of ever-changing agricultural policy could help our clients in planning the best strategies to secure their farms and businesses for future generations.’ He continues:

‘The timing of the presentation paper on the practical implications of the CAP Reform could hardly be more relevant in light of the announcement by David Cameron on a potential for a European Referendum in 2018. This is set against the need for the EU to save money and the meeting of the European Commission, Ministers and Parliament to determine the budget for 2014 – 2020. The CAP will no doubt feature highly in the potential game of chess that member states will play, before the policy is reviewed at a national level. The stakes have rarely been higher since the advent of the CAP, and particularly for farming businesses in the North Yorkshire region who need certainty in planning for their future against the backdrop of a very difficult and volatile trading environment.’

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