Key Points
  • Reviewing government priorities to form a thriving and sustainable UK agricultural industry
  • Transitioning to new agricultural funding models and the future of farming regulation
  • Piloting the new Environmental Land Management Contracts
  • Achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 in the agricultural industry


Overview
Chaired by:
Emily Norton, Head of Rural Research, Savills

Speakers include:
  • Jonathan Baker, Head of Future Farming Programme Policy and Strategy, DEFRA
  • Sue Pritchard, CEO, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission
  • Rob Ward, CEO, Forward Food.Tech Ltd, AgriFoodTech Expert and Investor
  • Nicholas Saphir, Chair, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
  • James Skates, Head of Modelling, Geospatial and Monitoring, Welsh Government
  • Oliver McEntyre, National Agricultural Strategy Director, Barclays
  • Prof Paula Harrison, Principal Natural Capital Scientist, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH)
  • Richard Davis, Audit Manager, Defra Value for Money Team
  • Jenny Phelps MBE, Senior Farm Environment Adviser, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group
  • Alex Carson-Taylor, Independent International Trade and Development Specialist and Specialist Adviser on Trade to the EFRA Select Committee
  • Andrew Bauer, Head of Food & Footprint, SAC Consulting
  • Craig Livingstone, Farm and Estate Manager, Lockerley Estate
  • Mark Tufnell, Deputy President, Country Land and Business Association
  • Jake Fiennes, General Manager-Conservation, Holkham Estate
  • Angela Francis, Chief Advisor Economics and Economic Development, WWF


Westminster Insight’s The Future of British Farming Digital Conference will review the changes to agricultural policy, provide clarity over new subsidy schemes, future regulation and the impact of new trade deals. This half-day briefing will be broadcast live from our studio in London via an interactive digital platform.

Join us to examine how to successfully adapt business models as we transition from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to new agricultural funding and Environmental Land Management Contracts. Hear how farmers can profit from supplying “public goods” such as tree-planting, soil improvement, wildlife protection and measures to prevent flooding.

You will hear from key stakeholders from government and the farming industry as we explore strategies to reverse falling revenues impacted by Brexit, Covid 19 and bad weather. We will review how to transform farming practices, enabling profitable and resilient businesses that meet national goals for food, climate change and biodiversity.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 08:40
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Emily Norton Head of Rural Research, Savills

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08:40 - 09:10
Progress with the Agricultural Transition Plan 2021-2024

 
  • Transitioning from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to replacement agricultural support schemes
  • Implementing new approaches to farm payments and land management
  • Incentives to focus on ‘public goods’ such as environmental or animal welfare improvements
  • Improving fairness in the agricultural supply chain and on the operation of agricultural markets
  • Towards a new regulatory and enforcement model 
9:00 - 9:10  Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Jonathan Baker Deputy Director for Programme Policy and Strategy, Defra

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09:10 - 09:40
The Environment and Rural Affairs Monitoring and Modelling Programme (ERAMMP)

 
  • Exploring the effects of policy and management interventions on farm viability, land use change and various public goods in Wales
  • Supporting integrated policy development using a collaborative approach between government, the agricultural industry and research communities
  • Modelling for the EU exit process, designing the Wales Sustainable Farm Scheme, supporting landscape design and understanding the impact of trade deals
9:30 - 9:40  Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

James Skates Head of Modelling, Geospatial and Monitoring, Welsh Government

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Prof Paula Harrison Principal Natural Capital Scientist, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH)

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09:40 - 10:20
Panel Discussion: The Impact of Trade Negotiations on the Agri-Food Supply Chain

 
  • Progress with implementing the Trade and Agriculture Commission Recommendations
  • Ensuring a competitive farming sector whilst providing sustainably produced affordable food
  • Building the British farming brand and investing in how we trade to open up new markets
  • Maintaining high standards from trade partners
  • Adapting to changing consumer behaviour, the choices consumers make and improving traceability in the supply chain
  • Business considerations for farmers from new trading agreements and tariff regulations
Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Alex Carson-Taylor Independent International Trade and Development Specialist and Specialist Adviser on Trade to the EFRA Select Committee

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Rob Ward CEO, Forward Food.Tech Ltd, AgriFoodTech Expert and Investor

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Angela Francis Chief Advisor Economics and Economic Development, WWF

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10:20 - 11:00
Panel Discussion: Improving Farm Prosperity by Developing Sustainable and Resilient Business Models

 
  • Lessons learnt from 2020 /2021 and helping farmers to develop contingency plans and manage future uncertainty
  • Getting farming businesses ready for the agricultural transition
  • Adapting business planning, performance recording and succession planning
  • Improving awareness of business support tools, grants and funding to invest in productivity measures
  • Exploring ways the sector can recruit essential staff to overcome the shortfall of workers due to COVID19
  • Supporting new entrants seeking to develop new land-based businesses
Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Mark Tufnell Deputy President, Country Land and Business Association

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Nicholas Saphir Chair, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

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Oliver McEntyre National Strategy Director, Barclays Agriculture

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11:00 - 11:10
Break

 

11:10 - 11:50
Panel Discussion: Piloting Environmental Land Management Schemes

 
  • Aims and evidence base of the schemes to reward famers and land managers to deliver environmentally sustainable actions
  • Keeping farming economically viable for farmers delivering public goods as well as food
  • Progress to date with co-designing and implementing the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot
  • Developing standards, applications and payments and the main benefits, challenges and barriers to their adoption
  • Next steps and roll out of the scheme
Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Jenny Phelps MBE Senior Farm Environment Adviser, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group

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Richard Davis Audit Manager, Defra Value for Money Team

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11:50 - 12:20
Achieving Net Zero in Farming

 
  • How the agricultural sector can contribute to achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050
  • What next after COP26?
  • Transforming land to store carbon and cut emissions
  • Renewable and low carbon energy opportunities and technologies available to farmers and landowners
  • Regulations and incentives to drive change
12:10 - 12:20  Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Andrew Bauer Head of Food & Footprint, SAC Consulting

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12:20 - 13:00
Panel Discussion: Sustainable Agriculture

 
  • Increasing agricultural productivity while minimising environmental impacts 
  • Implementing agroecological food and farming systems
  • Integrating biodiversity net gains into farming systems
  • Conservation practices: what really works at landscape scale and how they fit within modern commercial farming
  • Reconnecting people and producers and educating the public about what good food is and how it is produced
  • Revitalising and supporting small mixed farms
Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Craig Livingstone Farm and Estate Manager, Lockerley Estate

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Jake Fiennes General Manager-Conservation, Holkham Estate

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Sue Pritchard CEO, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

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13:00 - 13:05
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Emily Norton Head of Rural Research, Savills

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End

Speakers

Jonathan Baker Deputy Director for Programme Policy and Strategy, Defra

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Andrew Bauer Head of Food & Footprint, SAC Consulting

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Alex Carson-Taylor Independent International Trade and Development Specialist and Specialist Adviser on Trade to the EFRA Select Committee

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Richard Davis Audit Manager, Defra Value for Money Team

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Jake Fiennes General Manager-Conservation, Holkham Estate

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Angela Francis Chief Advisor Economics and Economic Development, WWF

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Prof Paula Harrison Principal Natural Capital Scientist, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH)

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Craig Livingstone Farm and Estate Manager, Lockerley Estate

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Oliver McEntyre National Strategy Director, Barclays Agriculture

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Emily Norton Head of Rural Research, Savills

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Jenny Phelps MBE Senior Farm Environment Adviser, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group

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Sue Pritchard CEO, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

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Nicholas Saphir Chair, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

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James Skates Head of Modelling, Geospatial and Monitoring, Welsh Government

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Mark Tufnell Deputy President, Country Land and Business Association

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Rob Ward CEO, Forward Food.Tech Ltd, AgriFoodTech Expert and Investor

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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