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Next steps for agricultural land use and management, building food security, and the future for Environmental Land Management Schemes

Morning, Tuesday, 11th October 2022


This conference focuses on the future for agricultural land use and management in the UK.


It follows the launch of the first ELM scheme - the Sustainable Farming Incentive - and the land use policy update announced in the Government Food Strategy.


With a keynote contribution from Defra, delegates will assess the rollout and future development of environmental land management schemes, and look ahead to the new land use framework to be published in 2023.


The conference will also be an opportunity to discuss the direction of government policy more widely under a new prime minister, including building climate resilience and the role of farming in achieving food security.


Overall, sessions in the agenda include:

  • ELMs - learning from the pilot projects - evaluating launch and impact - assessing support made available for skills and innovation - priorities for policy amidst changing pressures on agriculture 
  • onward implementation - remaining challenges - priorities for guidance, funding and access to the schemes - next steps for innovation and new practices - support for skills and the workforce
  • nature restoration and biodiversity protection - the way forward for building a climate-resilient agricultural system
  • policy - land use and agricultural policy in England - the Government Food Strategy - the perspective of devolved administrations - the future direction of UK policy under a new prime minister

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Jonathan Baker, Head of Programme Policy and Strategy, Future Farming & Countryside Programme, Defra; Professor Janet Dwyer, Member, Food, Farming & Countryside Commission Advisory Group; David Baldock, Senior Fellow, Agriculture and Land Management, Institute for European Environmental Policy; and Edward Vipond, Farms Manager, Troston Farms who will share lessons and progress from experience of the pilot projects so far.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from Defra; DAERA, NI; Department of Finance NI; Geospatial Commission; Northern Ireland Environment Agency; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament.



Keynote Speakers

Jonathan Baker

Head of Programme Policy and Strategy, Future Farming & Countryside Programme, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Edward Vipond

Farms Manager, Troston Farms

David Baldock

Senior Fellow, Agriculture and Land Management, Institute for European Environmental Policy

Keynote Speakers

Edward Vipond

Farms Manager, Troston Farms

David Baldock

Senior Fellow, Agriculture and Land Management, Institute for European Environmental Policy

Jonathan Baker

Head of Programme Policy and Strategy, Future Farming & Countryside Programme, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Professor Janet Dwyer

Professor of Rural Policy, University of Gloucestershire; and Member, Food, Farming & Countryside Commission Advisory Group

Chair

Baroness Ann Mallalieu

Member, Land Use in England Committee

Speakers

George Dunn

Chief Executive, Tenant Farmers Association

Emily Norton

Head of Rural Research, Savills

David Swales

Head of Strategic Insight, AHDB

Professor Michael Winter

Professor of Land Economy and Society, Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter; and Chair, Devon Nature Partnership

Councillor Peter McDonald

Councillor, South Cambridgeshire District Council

Kevin Kennedy

Partner, Burges Salmon

Gareth Morgan

Head of Policy (Farming and Land Use), Soil Association

James Townshend

Executive Chairman, Velcourt Group Ltd.

Steven Thomson

Agricultural Economist, Scotland’s Rural College