Key Points
  • Developing a Smarter System of Public Support For Farming Communities, Encouraging Innovation and Ensuring Food Security
  • The Future Trading Relationship with the EU, Exploring New Trade Deals and Maintaining High Quality Standards
  • The Transfer of EU Law, Maintaining Environmental Protections and Developing Tailored Environmental Arrangements
Guest of Honour

Guy Smith NFU Vice President

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Overview
Taking place in the context of confidence levels and investment falling among farmers and six months on from the publication of the House of Lords Energy and Environment Sub-Committee report which investigated the implications of Brexit for UK agriculture and food, this forum will provide delegates with a timely opportunity to discuss and debate future priorities for the UK Agriculture sector and ensuring farming communities receive the support they need to thrive in a post-Brexit world.

Future of Farming Support in a Post-CAP Age

Delegates will discuss the future shape of support and subsidies for farming communities as the implications of leaving the EU's Common Agriculture Policy become clearer. With the Government promising to maintain existing support until 2022 consideration will be given to how farmers, food producers, environmental experts and the wider agricultural sector can work together to develop a modern system of public support that can maintain the UK’s food security whilst also potentially providing new incentives to promote the health of the environment, investment in research and innovation to increase productivity and a boost to training and skills for farming businesses.

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Competitiveness of UK Agricultural Products

Sessions will provide an opportunity to consider the emerging business opportunities for agri-food businesses as the UK is able to negotiate new trade deals after exiting the EU whilst also preparing for the possible competitive disadvantages of lower quality standards in new markets. Latest thinking on how the UK can continue to benefit from both permanent and seasonal labour from EU countries and the negotiation of new trading relations with the EU and preparation for potential new tariff and non-tariff barriers that might reduce the competitiveness of UK products will also be discussed.

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The 25 Year Plan for Nature

The morning will also provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss the much anticipated 25 Year Plan for Nature which pledges to ‘’leave our environment in a much better state than we found it’’. With an early draft of the plan praised for having a strong general framework but criticised for having a lack of practical solutions delegates will consider the recommendation of the Environmental Audit Committee in January that a new Environmental Protection Act is needed to maintain the UK's strong environmental standards which to date have been heavily influenced by the EU. Consideration will also be given to how the 25 Year Plan for the Natural Environment can complement the 25 Year Plan for Food, Farming and Fisheries also being developed by Defra.


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming remarks

 

Speakers

Lord Curry of Kirkharle House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

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09:05 - 09:30
What are the challenges and opportunities for UK Farming and Agriculture post-Brexit?

 

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Guy Smith NFU Vice President

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09:30 - 10:20
Future of Farming Support in a Post-CAP Age - Developing a Smarter System of Public Support, Encouraging Innovation and Ensuring Food Security

 
  • What are the likely outcomes of leaving the Common Agricultural Policy for UK farmers, the management of the countryside and the rural economy?
  • What is the case for providing new incentives to farmers to promote the health of the environment, investment in research and innovation to increase productivity and a boost to training and skills for farming businesses?
  • How is the Agriculture Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech expected to signal the form of the way payments will be made to UK farmers post-CAP
  •  What is the likely balance between a UK wide agricultural policy and potential powers for the devolved administrations to design schemes tailored to their own agriculture and environment?
  • What are the implications of Brexit for the supply of affordable and good-quality food in the UK?




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Vicki Hurd Sustainable Farming Campaign Coordinator, Sustain

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Christopher Price Director of Policy and Advice, CLA

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10:20 - 10:50
What are the challenges and opportunities for UK Farming and Agriculture post-Brexit?

 

10:50 - 10:55
Chair’s Closing Comments

 

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Lord Curry of Kirkharle House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

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10:55 - 11:25
Refreshments and Networking break

 

11:25 - 11:30
The Chair’s Welcome Back

 

11:30 - 12:20
Competitiveness of UK Agricultural Products - The Future Relationship with the EU, Exploring New Trade Deals and Maintaining High Quality Standards

 
  • What should the Government's priorities be for agri-food trade with the EU after Brexit?
  • How important is trade with the EU to tenant farmers, organic farming and land owners?
  • How far is the UK likely to be able to continue to benefit from access to skilled and unskilled, seasonal and permanent labour on farms and in the food supply chains after Brexit and to what extent could the UK begin offering seasonal work permits after Brexit?
  • What would be the impact on the competiveness of UK agriculture of new or more comprehensive customs checks, certification requirements and other non-tariff barriers as a result of leaving the EU Single Market and the Customs Union?
  • To what extent are there potential new markets for the sector that are non-EU and what challenges and opportunities would be the UK face when negotiating new free trade agreements covering agriculture?
  • In what ways would World Trade Organization rules affect the UK's farm policy post-Brexit?
  • What steps must the Government take to ensure that UK farmers are competitive in the global market?
  • To what extent can the UK restrict the import of agricultural products because they do not meet the same quality and safety standards as those applied to products produced in the UK?
  • To what extent could the UK adopt higher standards than the EU on agriculture and food products?

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Phil Bicknell Market Intelligence Director, AHDB

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12:20 - 12:55
The 25 Year Plan for Nature - The Transfer of EU Law, Maintaining Environmental Protections and Developing Tailored Arrangements

 
    • How is the 25 Year Plan for the Natural Environment expected to complement the 25 Year Plan for Food, Farming and Fisheries also being developed by Defra and what is the likely date of their release?
    • With an early draft of the plan in April praised for having a strong general framework but criticised for having a lack of practical solutions what policies could the Government introduce to a draft plan to make it more effective?
    • In what ways could the provision of public goods and ecosystem services be promoted or protected through the agricultural sector after Brexit?
    • What place are natural capital and the UK’s biodiversity expected to have in the 25 Year Plan?
    • How far is a new Environmental protection Act needed as recommended by the Environmental Audit Committee in January to maintain the UK's environmental standards which to date have been heavily influenced by the EU?
    • To what extent is the The European Union (Withdrawal) expected to secure existing environmental protections and the mechanisms to which government and public bodies are currently held accountable for their environmental law responsibilities?


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      Amy Mount Head of Greener UK Unit, Green Alliance

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      12:55 - 13:00
      Chair’s and Policy-UK’s Thanks

       

      End

      Speakers

      Phil Bicknell Market Intelligence Director, AHDB

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      Vicki Hurd Sustainable Farming Campaign Coordinator, Sustain

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      Amy Mount Head of Greener UK Unit, Green Alliance

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      Lord Curry of Kirkharle House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

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      Christopher Price Director of Policy and Advice, CLA

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      Guy Smith NFU Vice President

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      Attending
      • AB Agri
      • Aberystwyth University
      • AEA (Agricultural Engineers Association)
      • AIC (Agricultural Industries Confederation)
      • A Rocha UK
      • Bat Conservation Trust
      • Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
      • Bidwells
      • Birketts
      • Booths
      • British Geological Survey
      • Brown & Co
      • Church of England
      • Committee on Climate Change
      • BEIS - Regulatory Delivery
      • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
      • Department for International Development
      • Dunbia
      • Eden Project
      • Fisher German
      • Food Standards Agency
      • Frontier Agriculture
      • House of Lords
      • Kent Wildlife Trust
      • Mills & Reeve
      • Mole Valley Farmers
      • National Association for AONBs
      • National Audit Office
      • National Trust
      • Natural England
      • NFU Mutual
      • Northumbrian Water
      • Promar International
      • RPC bpi
      • Roythornes Solicitors
      • RSK ADAS
      • Rural Support
      • Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts
      • Samworth Brothers
      • Savills
      • South Downs National Park Authority
      • Strutt & Parker
      • Surrey Wildlife Trust
      • Syngenta
      • The McAllister Partnership
      • The Wildlife Trusts
      • The Woodland Trust
      • United States Department of Agriculture
      • University of Kent
      • Veterinary Medicines Directorate
      • Water UK
      • Welsh Government
      • World Animal Protection
      • WWF-UK

      Venue details

      Central London


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