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The Future of UK Farming

April 27, 2018 @ 11:00 am - April 28, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

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This conference will set out and debate the opportunities and consequences for farmers in a post-Brexit environment.

Throughout the programme, we will explore how we can design food systems which are profitable for farmers, whilst at the same time enhancing the environment and public health. We will also discuss growing consumer demands for local, traceable food and how all farmers can adapt to keep up with this market.

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We will hear from some of the leading figures and voices in the field including:

  • Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Minette Batters, NFU
  • Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm
  • Joel Williams, Integrated Soils
  • Darina Allen, Ballymaloe Cookery School
  • Kim Wilkie, Landscape architect
  • Caroline Grindrod, Primal Meats
  • Adrian Dolby, Buccleuch Estates
  • Andrew Sells, Natural England
  • Ben Pugh, Farmdrop
  • Rob Havard, Havard & Co Organic Farms

Over the course of two days, we will be exploring the following themes:

Public Money for Public Goods – How will the Government create ‘carrot and stick’ polices to reward farmers for doing the right thing? How will this accelerate the changes that are needed to create more sustainable farming systems with better environmental and health outcomes?

Measuring Public Goods – Are there clearer, simpler and more powerful metrics which could replace the current subsidy system and help determine eligibility for public purse support? The current process of field to fork involves multiple farm audits, overlapping certification schemes and a resulting mass consumer confusion about the best food to eat. How can we simplify the system, providing regulators with the information they need, encouraging continuous improvement and providing greater transparency in the market place?

Building Better Soil Through Farming Practice – Which methods of production have the potential to rebuild lost soil fertility, promote integrated nature conservation and create viable and profitable business models for producers? How could government measure such improvements and design incentives to help accelerate this change?

Delivering High Animal Welfare and Local Meat Through Small Abattoirs – How can we reverse the commoditisation and industrialisation of meat markets? Could more local slaughter facilities enable better marketing and shorter supply chains? Our speakers will explore these complex issues and assess the most recent research on whether on-farm slaughter is a viable option.

New Models for Local Food Systems – How can we design successful and profitable alternative retail systems which support the type of food and farming outlined in the government’s ‘Health and Harmony’ command paper? Exploring innovative models for reaching consumers which offer farmers greater opportunity and customers better quality and more local food.


April 27, 2018 @ 11:00 am
April 28, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
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Sustainable Food Trust
+44 (0) 117 987 1467


Fir Farm
Hill Barn, Fir Farm
Lower Swell, Gloucestershire GL54 1LH United Kingdom
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