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Event Date Wed Apr 21 UTC (6 months ago)
In your timezone (EDT): Wed Apr 21 4:30am - Wed Apr 21 8:55am
Location Online
Region EMEA

This conference will assess the key priorities for taking forward UK agriculture policy in the context of implementation of the Agriculture Act and the UK’s exit from the EU.

Areas for discussion include:
• the new payment system - managing the transition and priorities for collaboration, support, and engagement with the agriculture sector
• environmental land management - lessons from the pilots, fair measurement of the value of public goods, and taking into account the needs of farmers in more challenging settings
• regulation - setting and enforcing requirements and standards, coordination and support, and the way forward for simplification
• productivity and sustainability - achieving both economic and environmental goals, building net-zero into the future of agriculture, and priority areas for innovation, research and investment

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from Defra; BEIS; the Committee on Climate Change; the Environment Agency; the Forestry Commission; DAERA, NI; the Department for Infrastructure, NI; HM Revenue & Customs; the National Audit Office; The Scottish Government; The Planning Inspectorate; the Welsh Government; the Department for International Trade; and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

The seminar is supported by The Icon Group, and organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum.

The agenda:
• The future for UK agricultural policy following EU exit
‘• Successfully applying the concept of paying for environmental public goods’
• Priorities for managing the transition to the new payment system, inclusive approaches for effective delivery, and taking forward wider new national agricultural policy
• Land use, resource management and the future for productivity in the new rural policy landscape
• Delivering effective environmental land management - pilot progress, practicalities and support for farmers, the future for land use, resource management and productivity, and aligning with net-zero emission targets
• Next steps for agriculture policy in the UK


2021 Speakers


Victoria Prentis MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra

Nicholas Saphir
Chair, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Rob Cooke
Director for EU Transition, Natural England


Baroness Jones of Whitchurch
Shadow Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Professor Glyn Jones
Lead Environmental Economist, FERA

Dr Andrea Graham
Head of Policy Services, NFU

Dr Nerys Llewellyn Jones
Founder and Managing Partner, AgriAdvisor

Dr David Rose
Elizabeth Creak Associate Professor of Agricultural Innovation and Extension, University of Reading

Vicki Hird
Head of Sustainable Farming Campaign, Sustain

Mark Coulman
National Chairman, Tenant Farmers Association

Jenna Hegarty
Deputy Director, Policy & Advocacy, RSPB

Professor Michael Winter
Professor of Land Economy and Society, Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter; Board Member, Natural England; and Member, Joint Nature Conservation Committee

David Watson
Chair, Commercial Farmers Group

Sponsors & Partners

2021 Sponsor

• Icon Group