Key Points
  • Develop New Practice Methods to Improve Productivity: Hear how technological advances and pioneering schemes are helping to increase yields and reduce reliability on chemicals
  • Understanding the Impacts of the Agriculture Bill: Learn how the bill will impact farmers financially and how the Environment Land Management System will shape farm planning
  • Mental Health and Well Being: Hear from the Farming Community Trust about the rising and unspoken challenges of poor mental health and the support mechanisms on offer
  • Address the Challenges of Brexit on Farming Policies: Understand how the current political climate is affecting farming policies and what challenges lay ahead
  • Reviewing Trends in Consumer Habits and Practices: Develop insights into how consumers shifts towards vegan diets, organic produce, and ethical awareness of produce is affecting farming practices


Overview

Confirmed Speakers

  • Guy Smith, Deputy President, NFU
  • Charles Smith, Chief Executive, The Farming Community Network
  • Jonathan Hall, Director of Policy, NFU Scotland
  • Liz Bowles, Associate Director Farming and Land Use, Soil Association
  • Rob Cooke, Director, Natural England
  • Belinda Gordon, Strategy Director, Green Alliance
  • Dr Alastair Leake, Director, Allerton Project, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Phil Bicknell Market Intelligence Director, AHDB
  • Andrew Swift, CEO, Fera Science Ltd.
  • Emily Norton, Head of Research for the Rural, Energy and Projects Division, Savills
  • Dr Jess Davies, Senior Lecturer in Sustainability, Lancaster University
  • Dr Ludivine Petetin , Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University
  • John Martin, Conservation Team Leader, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Northern Ireland


Westminster Insight’s Future of Farming conference will explore the challenges facing the sector including the Agriculture Bill, as well as innovative approaches to enable a more progressive, profitable and sustainable environment for British farmers.

Explore innovative practice methods and technological developments that can improve farmer’s yields and help improve productivity. With farmer’s livelihoods susceptible to changing environmental conditions, hear how direct payments and financial incentives can protect farmers income.

Experts from the sector will discuss the sustainability of current methods and progress towards a more sustainable system for farmers. We will review the trend towards organic, ethically sourced and plant-based products, and the impacts on farmer’s production plans.

Hear from the Farming Community Truston their work to de-stigmatise mental health in the farming community and providing support to combat stress, loneliness and enhance mental wellbeing.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:30
Registration, Refreshments and Networking

 

09:30 - 09:45
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Guy Smith NFU Vice President

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09:45 - 10:15
Understanding the Challenges and Risks of Farming in a post-Brexit World

 
  • Discussing whether the UK should keep farming regulations inline with the EU or adopt its own set of regulations
  • Establishing trade-relations with the EU post-Brexit and protecting current trading relationships 
  • Addressing the implications of changes in food and chemical regulations and questioning if the UK needs to adopt its own set of laws 
  • Dealing with the potential restrictions on seasonal workers from the EU accessing visa’s and contributing to the farming economy

10:15 - 11:00
Understanding the Impacts of the Agriculture Bill

 
  • Addressing the short-term challenges that businesses will face in the wake of the bill 
  • Understanding the financial impacts of the bill on farmers and the taxpayer 
  • Balancing the challenges of the phasing out of direct payments with the potential benefits of the Environment Land Management System 
  • Implementing the new trading regulations and ensuring positive trade relations during the transition period

Speakers

Dr Ludivine Petetin Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University

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John Martin Conservation Team Leader, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Northern Ireland

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Jonathan Hall NFU Scotland Director of Policy

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11:00 - 11:20
Networking Break

 

11:20 - 11:50
Promoting Best Practice Methods in Farming and Utilising Technological Developments

 
  • Using technological advances to increase yields and maximise farming productivity 
  • Reducing the harmful impacts of chemicals and regulating their usage     
  • Improving soil health and limiting the impact of pollution on produce -         
  • Regulating the quality of produce and ensuring foreign alternatives don’t undercut the market 
  • Using direct payments effectively to protect farmers from financial hardship and maintain high standards of welfare

Speakers

Belinda Gordon Strategy Director, Green Alliance

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Liz Bowles Head of Farming, Soil Association

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11:50 - 12:40
Panel Session: Reviewing the Global Price Competitiveness of British Produce and Assessing Future Trading Opportunities

 
  • Understanding the impact of changing trade tariffs, quotas, and border checks on the UK’s agriculture sector on the global stage 
  • Developing new markets for trade and understanding the produce requirements for new territories 
  • Overcoming barriers to success and improving competitiveness on a global-scale

Speakers

Phil Bicknell Market Intelligence Director, AHDB

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12:40 - 13:20
Panel Session: Reviewing the Impact of Changing Consumer Trends on Farming Production

 
  • Assessing the impacts of alternative consumer diets such as vegetarian and veganism 
  • Understanding consumer’s perceptions of organic produce and the ethical treatment of animals 
  • Developing plant-based sources of protein for a developing meat-free demographic

Speakers

Dr Alastair Leake Director of the Allerton Project, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

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13:20 - 14:20
Networking Lunch

 

14:20 - 15:00
Panel Session: Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Methods

 
  • Balancing short-term profitability of produce with long-term sustainability of farming land 
  • Using new technologies to reduce the impact of farming on the environment and protect the UK’s rich wildlife 
  • Evaluating the UK’S natural capital and determining how to measure its value
  • Understanding how farmers can encourage the production and usage of renewable energy methods, and what incentives are available to pursue new alternatives 
  • Protecting the welfare of animals through the entire farming process, and ensuring the safe transportation of livestock across borders 

Speakers

Rob Cooke Director, Natural England

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Emily Norton Head of Rural Research, Savills

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Jess Davies Senior Lecturer in Sustainability, Lancaster University

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15:00 - 15:30
Protecting the Wellbeing of Farmers

 
  • Addressing the impact of a poor work-life balance on the wellbeing of farmers -          
  • Dealing with stress, loneliness, and the physical impacts of farm work -          
  • Providing open dialogue over mental health issues to de-stigmatise wellbeing

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Charles Smith Chief Executive, The Farming Community Network

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15:30 - 15:35
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Phil Bicknell Market Intelligence Director, AHDB

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Liz Bowles Head of Farming, Soil Association

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Rob Cooke Director, Natural England

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Jess Davies Senior Lecturer in Sustainability, Lancaster University

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Belinda Gordon Strategy Director, Green Alliance

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Jonathan Hall NFU Scotland Director of Policy

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Dr Alastair Leake Director of the Allerton Project, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

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John Martin Conservation Team Leader, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Northern Ireland

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Emily Norton Head of Rural Research, Savills

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Dr Ludivine Petetin Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University

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Guy Smith NFU Vice President

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Charles Smith Chief Executive, The Farming Community Network

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Venue details

Zone 1 Central London


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