The Future of Farming: A National Conference

Central London

18 July 2019


Westminster Insight's Future of Farming Conference will explore the challenges facing the sector. Discussing the impact of the Agriculture Bill, senior decision makers will focus on the innovative approaches which will enable a more progressive, profitable and sustainable environment for British farmers. Exploring how innovative practice methods and technological developments can improve yields and productivity, industry leaders will discuss the sustainability of current methods. 

Confirmed Speakers: 

• Guy Smith, Deputy President, NFU 
• Charles Smith, Chief Executive, The Farming Community Network 
• Jonathan Hall, Director of Policy, NFU Scotland 
• Liz Bowles, Associate Director Farming and Land Use, Soil Association 
• Andrew Swift, CEO, Fera Science Ltd 
• Belinda Gordon, Strategy Director, Green Alliance 
• Phil Bicknell, Market Intelligence Director, AHDB 
• Emily Norton, Head of Research for the Rural, Energy and Projects Division, Savills 
• Dr Jess Davies, Senior Lecturer in Sustainability, Lancaster University 
 

Gain insight into what is being done to combat the changing environmental conditions, and hear how financial incentives can protect farmers income. Special focus will be also be provided on the on-going efforts in de-stigmatising mental health in the farming community. 

 
Why Attend? 

• Develop New Practice Methods to Improve Productivity: Hear how technological advances and pioneering schemes are helping to increase yields and reduce reliability on chemical 

• Understand the impacts of the Agriculture Bill: Learn how the bill will impact farmers financially and how the Environment Land Management System will shape farm planning 

• Discuss the challenges of Poor Mental Health: Hear from the Farming Community Trust on their work to destigmatise mental health and provide support to combat stress, loneliness and mental wellbeing 

• Address the issues of Brexit on farming policies: Understand how the current political climate is affecting farming policies and what challenges lay ahead 

• Review trends in consumer habits and practices: develop insights into how consumer's shift towards vegan diets, organic produce, and ethical awareness of produce is affecting farming practices. 

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