Morning, Thursday, 18th April 2024
This conference will discuss the future for agricultural policy in the UK.
The discussion takes place against the backdrop of ambitions outlined as part of the Agricultural Transition Plan, which was updated in January 2024 with a focus on productivity and engagement within the agricultural sector.
It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss key issues and priorities for implementation, including payments to farmers and securing income from participation in schemes, actions to support sustainable land management, and the skills and engagement with the sector required to support the transition to sustainable agricultural practices across different types of farming.
Following The Rock Review published last year, as well as commitments made in the updated Agricultural Transition Plan to improve accessibility to schemes, delegates will assess the way forward for making sustainable farming incentives work for tenant farming, with discussion on the flexibility and collaboration needed to support sustainable land management, and to address wider sectoral pressures.
Delegates will examine opportunities and challenges for diversification of income streams for farmers following the Permitted Development Rights consultation held by DLUHC last year, and options for updating rights around developing agricultural units and agricultural diversification. Further sessions look at improving public engagement with farms, utilising under-used sites and discerning opportunities for renewable energy, as well as options for short-term income whilst transitioning to long-term schemes.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Sarah Baker, Head of Economics, AHDB; George Dunn, Chief Executive, Tenant Farmers Association; Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones, Founder and Partner, Agri Advisor; James Kane, Associate, Institute for Government; and Alex Stevens, Chief Sustainable Supply Chains Adviser, NFU.
Overall, areas for discussion include:
- the Government’s agricultural plan: assessing developments to the Agricultural Transition Plan - what is needed from policy and key stakeholders if targets are to be achieved - future policy
- support for farmers:
- strategies for addressing challenges for the sector and economic growth - priorities for investment and innovation - achieving improved productivity - skills development
- sector engagement and effective communication on policy - finance, funding and incentives - fairness and access for different farming types
- policy coordination: alignment of agriculture with wider policy - land use, biodiversity and environment protection - decarbonisation and net zero - food security - economic development
- unlocking opportunities for new revenue streams - innovation and investment - renewable energy on farms and commercial letting
- transitioning to long-term programmes with short-term income approaches
The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from Defra; APHA; OEP; DAERA, NI; DBT; DESNZ; DfT; FSS; Isle of Man Government; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.