Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

The future of UK agriculture policy

Thursday, 30th March 2017

Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD


In the context of Brexit, this timely seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to discuss the future agriculture policy in the UK and priorities for moving forwards from the Common Agricultural Policy.

Planned sessions look at priorities for the UK Government in developing new international trade agreements; what next for UK farming subsidies - in light of the Chancellor’s announcement that CAP Pillar 1 funding will be guaranteed until 2020; the future farming policy landscape, including meeting challenges for food sustainability and mapping the timeline for creating a reformed system of agricultural subsidy to support UK farmers.

Further discussion will also consider best practice to improve the efficiency and growth of UK agriculture production, and next steps for supporting the rural economy.

Guest of Honour

Mike Rowe

Deputy Director, Future Agriculture Policy, Defra

Guest of Honour

Mike Rowe

Deputy Director, Future Agriculture Policy, Defra

Keynote Speaker

Guy Smith

Vice President, NFU


Baroness Parminter

Liberal Democrat Lords Principal Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Neil Parish MP

Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee


Gareth Wilson

Head of Future Farming Policy, Welsh Government

Gary Mitchell

Vice President, NFU Scotland

Kaley Hart

Head of Agriculture and Land Management Programme, Institute for European Environmental Policy

John Elliott

Head of Economic and Policy Evaluation, ADAS

Patrick Begg

Rural Enterprises Director, National Trust

Christopher Price

Director of Policy and Advice, Country Land and Business Association

Mark Suthern

National Head of Agriculture, Barclays Bank

Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones

Head, Agri Advisor Solicitors

John Wheeler

Head of Policy and Program Development, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Government of Canada