INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY- Institute more relevant than ever: we need to be at the top of our game to meet future industry challenges says, John Giles, the national chair of the IAGRMThe Institute of Agricultural Management held a luncheon at the Farmers Club to celebrate its 50th anniversary on Friday 3rd July which was attended by over 40 of its members. John Giles, the current chair of the Institute took the opportunity to reflect on some of the key achievements of the organisation over this time, but also chose to look ahead too. He said:"UK agriculture has changed a huge amount over the last 50 years and will do so again even in the next 10, let alone 50. The Institute has changed its role and identity several times in this period, and we must keep ahead of the times, if we are to fulfil our role in the promotion and development of high standards of professionalism in UK agriculture. The agricultural industry will come under continued scrutiny in the next few years from consumers, politicians, tax payers, NGOs and other areas of industry and the supply chain. We have to be at the top of our game. The role of the Institute in helping to achieve this is more important and relevant than ever before, not least with the recent development of our P Agric grade of membership. This recognises high standards of professionalism in the agricultural and farming industry in a way not seen before."He concluded: "the Institute has achieved a great deal over its 50 years. The legacy of those who formed the organisation is huge. A number of key individuals have made huge contributions to what we have done. The profile of our membership is high, with a whole range of leading figures from across the supply chain numbered in our ranks. The Institute is in robust shape and we aim to make sure that the objectives remain the same - high quality events all around the UK, whenever we do them. The recent visit to Grosvenor Farms in Cheshire was a great example of this, as is the national conference planned for November in London where we have a very strong line up of speakers on the subject of dealing with volatility in the supply chain as the new norm".NB: pictures are available on request.