Morning, Tuesday, 23rd November 2021
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference follows the publication of the Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024, and will discuss the changes it outlines alongside the implementation of the Government’s Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS), which include:
- 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 impact of the UK leaving the EU on the agriculture sector.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions 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, Joint Nature Conservation Committee.
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament and officials from BEIS; the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise; DAERA, NI; Defra; the Department for International Trade; the Environment Agency; the Food Standards Agency; the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; the Forestry Commission; the Health and Safety Executive; the Isle of Man's Climate Change Transformation Team; the National Audit Office; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Addleshaw Goddard; Agrico UK; Agricultural Engineers Association; Agricultural Industries Confederation; AHDB; Bat Conservation Trust; Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust; Centre for Rural Policy Research, Exeter University; Ceres Rural; CHAP (Crop Health & Protection); Clarke Willmott; Dawn Meats, Dunbia; Earth Trust; eftec; Environment Agency; Fenland Peat Committee; Fera Science; Forum for the Future; French Embassy; Harrison Clark Rickerbys; Isle of Man Government; JBA Consulting; National Farmers Union; NatureMetrics; NIAB; Paul Smith Land Agent; Red Tractor Assurance; Richardson Milling UK; RSPCA Assured; SAC Consulting; Scotland's Rural College; Soil Association; Stantec; The AF Group; The Nature Conservancy; UKCEH; University of Sussex; University of York; Veolia ES UK; Wanderlands; Woldmarsh Producers; and Woodlands Farm (Chedworth).
Press passes have been reserved by representatives from AD & Bioresources News; Farmers Weekly; Haymarket Business Media; IHS Markit; New Scientist; RICS; and The Times.
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 are 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