Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Next steps for UK agriculture policy - funding, regulation, trade and natural capital

Morning, Thursday, 5th July 2018

Central London


This seminar will bring together key stakeholders to discuss the future of UK agriculture - focusing on key issues around funding, regulation, trade and natural capital - ahead of the publication of the Agriculture Bill due this Summer.

Delegates will discuss the Government’s plans to reform the payments model by incentivising farmers to deliver ‘public goods’ in order to receive future payments, as outlined in the 25 Year Environment Plan. They will consider the criteria - such as environmental enhancement, animal welfare, increasing productivity and protecting soil health - proposed in the recently concluded Health and Harmony consultation.

The seminar also will also be an opportunity to consider what more might be done to make farming regulation, enforcement and inspections more efficient in England post-Brexit, in light of the Government’s review.

Attendees will discuss the delivery of payments to farmers, following the EFRA Committee report into the Rural Payments Agency and concerns highlighted over the timeliness of payments and the RPA’s strategy moving forward with payments post-Brexit.

Discussion will also look at the challenges for balancing increased productivity and the preservation of the landscape, as the Government looks to introduce the Environmental Principles and Governance Bill in the autumn and key issues emerging from the consultation into the proposed environmental body to maintain environmental standards.

Further sessions discuss the future role of devolved nations in decision-making post-Brexit, in light of the recent report by the Scottish Government Agriculture Champions calling for reform to the current payments system and as the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee launches an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on the agriculture industry in Northern Ireland. 

The agenda also includes two international case studies on alternative funding system for agriculture and developing trading relationships and maintaining competitiveness.

Guest of Honour

Sarah Church

Director, Future Farming & Countryside Programme, Defra

Guest of Honour

Sarah Church

Director, Future Farming & Countryside Programme, Defra

Keynote Speaker

Dame Glenys Stacey

Lead, Farm Inspection and Regulation Review


Sue Hayman MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Neil Parish MP

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


Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones

Managing Partner, Agri Advisor

Nick von Westenholz

Director, EU Exit and International Trade, NFU

Paul Temple

Farmer and Chair, Cereals & Oilseed Sector and Board Member, AHDB

Tim Kränzlein

Deputy Head of Unit, Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Research and Education, Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture

Neil Wilson

Head of Agriculture, HSBC

Patrick Begg

Outdoors and Natural Resources Director, National Trust

Dr Chris Kebbell

Agriculture Counsellor, New Zealand High Commission London

Dr Nick Fenwick

Head of Policy, Farmers’ Union of Wales

David Barnes

National Adviser on Agriculture Policy, The Scottish Government