Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
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Next steps for UK agriculture policy and funding

Morning, Tuesday, 23rd June 2020


***Taking Place Online***

This conference will discuss key issues for agriculture policy and funding in the UK.

Areas for discussion:

  • Practicalities: the Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme, payment for public goods in areas like environmental and animal welfare standards, and support during the transition period;
  • The impact of any changes on farm finance, further support that might be needed for the sector to reach net-zero emissions and sustainable practices in devolved nations;
  • Farm finance and the overall payment process - what lessons can be learnt from the direct payment system under CAP;
  • Monitoring and measuring environmental standards and disseminating best practice;
  • The evolving regulatory landscape, food security and productivity, and options for creating a system that promotes sustainability, stewardship, and efficient and competitive farming; and
  • Issues for smaller farms and those with limited adaptive capacity.

The context:

The agenda:

  • Priorities going forward for agricultural policy and the Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme;
  • The vision for the ELM scheme: productivity, funding and local delivery;
  • Practicalities of a new system - monitoring, environmental standards, external challenges, and learning from Payments by Results pilot schemes;
  • Alternative approaches to the ELM scheme - the experience in Wales; and
  • Implementation issues - farming regulations, food security, finance, and towards net zero emissions.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.

Particularly this one. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons and officials from the BEISCommitee on Climate Change; Defra; Environment Agency; MHCLG and the Welsh Government.

This conference will be online***

  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish
  • opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • a permanent record of the proceedings will be made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all slides that have been made available, and further materials

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

Keynote Speakers

D-J Gent

Head of Future Farm Funding, Environment Agency

Guy Horsington

Deputy Director, Future Farming Policy and the Agriculture Bill, Defra

James Owen

Deputy Director, Land Management Reform Division, Welsh Government


Joanna Lewis

Director, Policy and Strategy, Soil Association

Nick von Westenholz

Director, EU Exit and International Trade Policy, NFU

Sarah Mukherjee


Mark Coulman

National Chairman, Tenant Farmers Association

Annabelle Le Page

Project Manager, Natural England

Helen Keep

Senior Farm Conservation Adviser, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Tom Lancaster

Acting Head of Land, Seas and Climate Policy, RSPB

Tom Hind

Chief Strategy Officer, AHDB