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Talks and Workshops

Editor Mike Donovan has been talking to audiences throughout his business career. In London with the Economist Intelligence Unit and Financial Tines, and more recently as founder editor of Practical Farm Ideas. As a journalist his aim is effective communication

Evening talks for farmers

Normally lasting around an hour but stretching longer with a keen audience. Ask for a quote.

Making a booking

Email the details to mike(a)farmideas(dot)co(dot)uk  giving your possible dates. We will reply in a couple of days, so if you hear nothing, please try again.

Talks for agricultural college students

Younger audiences need a presentation which keeps up a good pace, and a contents that is understandable. When it comes to machinery many students benefit from some basic economics being included in the session. We also are keen to get over the 'soil story'.

Professional and motivational

Farming is on the cusp of a technical revolution which will have a major impact on suppliers of machinery, chemicals, finance. Agri-business needs to be aware of the challenges and opportunities, and understand how to embrace change, and major agri companies  are invited to engage with Mike.


There's often very little conferring at farming conferences. Workshops provide a greater opportunity for participants to find answers to difficulties.


Mike is an experienced and lively conference chairman.

Speech writing

Fed up with the speech you have been giving audiences over the years? Too busy to find the time to write something fresh? Use the contact details below.


    From: Becky Willson
    Subject: RE: FCCT Conference  

    HI Mike,

    Thank you very much for chairing the day yesterday, you did a fab job and really 
    added to the day.  I will of course keep you in mind for similar events and that subject
    area is something that we are planning on running an event on in the near future.

    Practical Farm Ideas is a great publication and hope that the sales continue to increase! 

    With kind regards,    Becky


Hi Mike

Thank you so much for coming last night. It was great to meet you and the feedback on the talks has been fantastic. I hope you got back safe last night.

I will have a check with the venue regarding the box of cards and let you know.  In the meantime, I would really like to keep in touch and hopefully meet up again.

Thanks once again for a fun and informative talk.

Best Wishes 

Steven Jones BSc (Hons)

Business Development Director

Ballard Dale Syree Watson LLP         

Contact:  Mike Donovan,  Practical Farm Ideas, 11 St Mary's St, Whitland, Carmarthen, SA34 0PY
Email mike@farmideas.co.uk or call/txt 07778 877514 or 01994 240978 so he can see if he can fit you into the diary.

ABOUT Mike Donovan

  • Reading University: BSc (Hons) Agricultural Economics 
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and editor Retail Business   1969 - 75
  • Contributor: UNCTAD Conferences in London, Geneva, Madrid and Istanbul 1972 - 77
  • Author: 'Consumerism' Encyclopaedia Britannica 1972

  • Financial Times, London 1974 - 77
  • Dairy farmer, West Wales 1977
  • Winner: Bath & West Show Farmers Brainwaves 1991
  • Created Practical Farm IDEAS magazine 1992



Monday, August 7     BBC Farming Today  (2nd part) 

August 2                    Cardigan Show: Sponsor of Commercial heifer class. click

October 1,                  BBC Radio Wales, 

October 11,                Gloucestershire Grassland Society Evening talk

October 30,                Farm Safety Day, Stareton Hall, Stoneleigh Park

November 8 and 9     Farm Business Show, NEC Birmingham

November 15             Evening speech to BDSW Accountants, Worcester

November 22             Herefordshire Rural Business Hub 

December 6                East Radnor Grassland Society 

December 11             Huers Farm Discussion Group, Bodmin, Cornwall


February 13               Evening talk at Harborough Magna, Rugby

Recent speaking engagements:

2015 Conference for the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit
Leicestershire Agricultural Machinery Society
Farm Business Innovation Show, Olympia, London
Farm Safety Partnership Workshop
Derbyshire Grassland Society

Cowbridge Farmers Club
Lancashire Farm Machinery Society
Chairman, CCH Annual Rural Business Conference, Stoneleigh  2008
Loddon Farm Machinery Club
Luneside Farmers Club
Thornbury Farmers Discussion Group
Stewartry Young Farmers Club
Dalston Discussion Group
Exmoor Forward farming Discussion Group
Carmarthenshire Smallholders
Fylde Farm Machinery Club


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