Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Next steps for farming productivity - innovation, investment and knowledge transfer

Morning, Monday, 12th March 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will be a chance to assess the opportunities and challenges facing the future of farm productivity in the UK.


Delegates at this conference will consider policy priorities for supporting an innovative and competitive farming sector - with discussion on funding, skills, infrastructure and industry partnerships.


It follows the recent announcement by Defra and the Rural Payments Agency of £200 million of funding for landowners to improve farm productivity, including investment into rural broadband, new equipment and land management. It also comes at a time of wider discussion around what the shape and funding structure of the UK’s agriculture sector will look like as we leave the EU, following the Secretary of State’s commitment to farming subsidies having a greater focus on environmental stewardship post-Brexit.



Guests of Honour

Mark Filley

Team Leader, Farming Productivity Team, Defra

Tim Mordan

Deputy Director, Farming Productivity, Defra

Guests of Honour

Mark Filley

Team Leader, Farming Productivity Team, Defra

Tim Mordan

Deputy Director, Farming Productivity, Defra

Chair

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering

former Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee

Speakers

Professor Carol Wagstaff

Director, AgriFood Training Partnership, University of Reading

Will Wells

Chief Executive Officer, Hummingbird Technologies

Steven Thomson

Senior Agricultural Economist & Communities Sectoral Lead, SRUC

Dr Kate Pressland

Programme Lead, Innovative Farmers, Soil Association

Tom Hind

Chief Strategy Officer, AHDB

Dr Julian Little

Head of Communications & Government Affairs, Bayer Crop Science

Professor Michael Lee

Head of Sustainable Agriculture Sciences, North Wyke, Rothamsted Research

Dr Andrew Francis

Chief Economics Adviser, NFU