Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

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The future for agricultural land use and taking forward for the Environmental Land Management Scheme

Morning, Tuesday, 23rd November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

his conference follows the publication of the Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024, and will discuss the changes outlined in the plan alongside the implementation of the Government’s Environmental Land Management Scheme, which includes:

  • the Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme
  • the Local Nature Recovery scheme
  • the Landscape Recovery Scheme

The discussion will also consider the future for agricultural land use in the context of wider policy developments, such as the Government’s Agriculture Act, Environment Bill, and Action Plan for Animal Welfare, as well as the wider context of the pandemic and the UK leaving the EU, and the impact on the agriculture sector.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from several key stakeholders, including:

  • Next steps for agriculture policy - with Victoria Prentis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra
  • Next steps for agriculture and land use management - with Professor Gideon Henderson, Chief Scientific Advisor, Defra
  • Effective environmental land management, and supporting biodiversity - with Professor Michael Winter, Professor of Land Economy and Society, Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter; Board Member, Natural England; and Member

Overall, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • shaping Environmental Land Management schemes - priorities for the transition from previous schemes and learning from pilot projects
  • supporting sector recovery from COVID-19 and improving supply chain and market conditions
  • priorities for funding following the UK’s exit from the EU and supporting rural communities
  • adapting to the challenge of climate change and moving towards net-zero


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of public policy, together with representatives of the agriculture and food and drink industry - including associations, manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers, environmental and scientific groups, regulators, local government officials, representatives of the agritech and crop science industries, academics, international attendees, charities and consumer groups, together with reporters from the national and trade media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Professor Gideon Henderson

Chief Scientific Advisor, Defra

Professor Michael Winter

Professor of Land Economy and Society, Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter; Board Member, Natural England; and Member, Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Victoria Prentis MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra

Professor Tony Heron

Professor of International Political Economy, University of York


Tom Bradshaw

Vice-President, National Farmers Union

Helen Browning

Chief Executive, Soil Association

Richard Tiffin

Chief Scientific Officer, Agrimetrics

Senior speaker confirmed from WWF

Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones

Founder and Managing Partner, AgriAdvisor