Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Next steps for agriculture policy and funding

Morning, Thursday, 14th March 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will be an opportunity for key stakeholders to discuss the next steps for agriculture policy and funding.


It is timed to discuss the impact on the sector of changes proposed in the Agriculture Bill which is currently being debated in Parliament - including moves towards a system of payment for ‘public goods’ in areas such as environmental and animal welfare standards.  


Delegates will also examine the practicalities of the agricultural transition period in England between 2021 and 2027, looking at how best to support farmers during this time and future funding - and will be informed by the recently announced review on the future distribution of agriculture funding between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Following the closed consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance post-Brexit, and with an Environment Bill expected in due course, attendees will also assess the role of UK agriculture in protecting the environment, security of food supply and what more can be done to support productivity in the sector.


Further sessions look at possible new approaches to regulating farming with the Review of Farm Inspection and Regulation expected to report by the end of the year.


Discussion will also include the future of agricultural research and innovation, and international relationships and collaboration.



Keynote Speakers

Sarah Church

Director, Future Farming & Countryside Programme, Defra

Dame Glenys Stacey

Chair, Farm Inspection and Regulation

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Church

Director, Future Farming & Countryside Programme, Defra

Dame Glenys Stacey

Chair, Farm Inspection and Regulation

Chairs

Neil Parish MP

Chair, House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee

Sue Hayman MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Speakers

Dr Bill Parker

Research Director, AHDB

Minette Batters

President, NFU

David Thomson

Chief Executive Officer, Food and Drink Federation Scotland

Lynette Steel

Farm Policy Adviser, Tenant Farmers Association

Patrick Begg

Outdoors and Natural Resources Director, National Trust

Councillor Rosemarie Harris

Rural Affairs Spokesperson, Welsh Local Government Association

Professor Gerry Boyle

Director, Teagasc

Panos Varangis

Head, Agricultural Finance; Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation Global Practice, The World Bank Group

Andrew Lazenby

Chief Executive, Royal Agricultural Society of England and Chief Executive, Innovation for Agriculture