Key Points
  • Explore the UKs Trading Relationships post-Brexit and COVID-19: Developing new markets for trade and understanding the produce requirements for new territories
  • Assess Changing Consumer Trends in the Food Sector: Reviewing market signals such as the rise of vegetarianism and veganism and identifying potential market disruptors such as lab-grown meat and insects as a source of protein
  • Harmonise Agriculture and Environmentalism: Understanding the Benefits of Sustainability to Farm Survival while Mitigating Business Risk
  • Harness Emerging Technologies to Increase Productivity: Understanding the economic benefits to the use of technologies such as robotics, GPS guidance, remote sensing and camera recognition
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Overview

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Patrick Holden CBE, Director, Sustainable Food Trust
  • Jonathan Baker, Head of Programme Policy and Strategy, Defra
  • Dr Andrew Swift, CEO, Fera
  • Liz Bowles, Associate Director Farming and Land Use,Soil Association
  • Susie Stannard, Customer Insight Manager, AHDB
  • Andrew Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestle
  • Emily Norton, Head of Rural Research, Savills
  • David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA
  • Dr Alistair Leake, Director of Policy & Allerton Project, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Susan Twining, Chief Land Use Policy Adviser, CLA
  • James Adler, National Land Management adviser, The Wildlife Trusts & Director of Biodiversity, Surrey Wildlife Trust
  • Dr Sam Sinclair, Director, Biodiversify


    Westminster Insight’s timely Future of Farming Conference will unite key stakeholders, as you'll explore the policy landscape, the likely implications of COVID-19 and Brexit and the Agriculture Bill.

    You will learn how new technologies, consumer trends and environmental concerns are impacting the farming community, and gain innovative approaches to a more progressive, profitable and sustainable environment for British farmers.

    Hear from Patrick Holden CBE, Director at Sustainable Foods Trust, who will offer practical solutions to harmonising agriculture and environmentalism to ensure we lower the carbon footprint.

    Experts from the sector will discuss the sustainability of current methods and progress towards a more sustainable system for farmers, as we’ll review the trend towards organic, ethically sourced and plant-based products, and the impacts on farmer’s production plans.

Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:40
Chair's Opening Remarks: Looking Beyond Lockdown to Help Mitigate the Impact of COVID19

 

  • Identifying the biggest challenges to the sector post COVID-19
  • Exploring research around the agriculture bill and promoting cross-Governmental thinking to farming issues
  • Highlighting the need to source more food domestically and campaign to promote British food and British Farmers 
  • Exploring ways, the sector to recruit essential staff to overcome the shortfall of workers due to COVID19
Questions and Discussion 09:35-09:40

Speakers

Emily Norton Head of Rural Research, Savills

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09:40 - 10:25
Panel Session: Assessing the Benefits of Sustainability to Farm Survival

 
  • Embedding pro-environmental behaviours in farmers and understanding the three pillars for behaviour change; advice, incentive, and regulation
  • Assessing the value of the UK's Natural Capital to establish a proper value on environmental assets
  • Protecting wildlife and biodiversity and assessing the benefit for farmers by improving agricultural productivity potential
  • Exploring inclusive and sustainable agricultural development in developing countries overseas

Speakers

Andrew Griffiths Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestle UK&I

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Dr Alastair Leake Director of the Allerton Project, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

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Emily Norton Head of Rural Research, Savills

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10:25 - 10:45
Keynote Address: Creating a Sustainable Agriculture Policy

 
  • Offering practical approaches to harmonising agriculture and environmentalism together
  • Reviewing the policy landscape around sustainable farming - e.g. the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Embedding pro-environmental behaviours in farmers and understanding the three pillars for behaviour change; advice, incentive, and regulation

    10:45-10:55 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Patrick Holden CBE Director, Sustainable Foods Trust

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10:55 - 11:40
Panel Session: Integrated Land Management and Promoting Progressive Methods of Production

 
  • Exploring what methods of production have the most potential to rebuild lost soil fertility, promote integrated nature conservation and create viable business models
  • Establishing integrated landscape management plans to conserve and restore the environmental impact of agriculture
  • Measuring impact and how best to communicate improvement in performance      
  • Encouraging farms to reduce emissions such as nitrous oxide and methane emissions without compromising domestic production

Speakers

Dr Sam Sinclair Director, Biodiversify

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Liz Bowles Associate Director Farming and Land Use, Soil Association

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James Adler National Land Management adviser, The Wildlife Trusts & Director of Biodiversity, Surrey Wildlife Trust

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Susan Twining Chief Land Use Policy Adviser, Country Land and Business Association (CLA)

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11:40 - 12:00
Intermission

 

12:00 - 12:20
The Agriculture Bill in Practice

 
  • Assessing the benefits of leaving the CAP, such as an improved regulatory culture, better environmental outcomes and increased flexibility 
  • Exploring the building blocks for effective regulation to effectively achieve behaviour change 
  • Providing strong incentives, proportionate and flexible regulations and working in partnership with farmers  

    12:20-12:30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Jonathan Baker Head of Programme Policy and Strategy, Defra

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12:30 - 12:50
Assessing Changing Consumer Trends in the Food Sector

 
  • Reviewing market signals such as the rise of vegetarianism and veganism - sustainable production vs. sustainable consumption
  • Identifying potential market disruptors such as lab-grown meat and insects as a source of protein
  • Developing plant-based sources of protein for a developing meat-free demographic

    12:50-13:00 Questions and Discussion  

Speakers

Susie Stannard Consumer Insight Manager, AHDB

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13:00 - 13:20
Retaining High Quality Produce and High Animal Welfare Standards

 
  • Ensuring that animal welfare standards are not compromised during Brexit and matching UK standards to overseas markets
  • Using repatriation of farm animal welfare policy as an opportunity to review and improve farm animal welfare and standards
  • Keeping close ties with the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW)

    13:20-13:30 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

David Bowles Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA

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13:30 - 13:50
Harnessing Emerging Technologies to Increase Productivity

 
  • Short intro Fera and BAU despite Covid
  • Utilising agricultural data to make forecasts and to encourage more calculated decisions in all aspects of their production, from product ordering to crop tending
  • Understanding the economic and environmental benefits to the use of technologies such as robotics, GPS guidance, remote sensing and camera recognition
  • Supporting UK’s Trading Relationships post-Brexit and Covid-19 and the National Food Strategy

13:50-14:00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Dr Andrew Swift CEO, Fera Science Ltd.

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14:00 - 14:05
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

James Adler National Land Management adviser, The Wildlife Trusts & Director of Biodiversity, Surrey Wildlife Trust

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Jonathan Baker Head of Programme Policy and Strategy, Defra

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David Bowles Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA

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Liz Bowles Associate Director Farming and Land Use, Soil Association

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Andrew Griffiths Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestle UK&I

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Patrick Holden CBE Director, Sustainable Foods Trust

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Dr Alastair Leake Director of the Allerton Project, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

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Emily Norton Head of Rural Research, Savills

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Dr Sam Sinclair Director, Biodiversify

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Susie Stannard Consumer Insight Manager, AHDB

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Dr Andrew Swift CEO, Fera Science Ltd.

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Susan Twining Chief Land Use Policy Adviser, Country Land and Business Association (CLA)

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Venue details

Digital Live Broadcast


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