UK Agriculture Policy: Sustainability in post-Brexit Britain Conference

De Montfort University (DMU)
03/05/2019 (09:00-17:15)

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We are delighted to be holding this free to attend one-day conference at De Montfort University.  The conference will take place on Friday 3 May and we would be delighted if you could join us for what promises to be an informative and conversation-provoking conference on the future of British agriculture in the post-Brexit era.

The triggering of Article 50 and the process of Brexit have brought opportunities to redevelop key policy areas. One such area is British agriculture, which has been compliant with the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. It aimed at ensuring the sector’s growth in compliance with animal welfare, food safety and environmental protection. Nevertheless, the Policy was not free from criticism, with most focusing on the role and effect of subsidies. The Agriculture Bill 2017-19 signifies the beginning of the transition towards a UK Agriculture Policy and the forthcoming withdrawal from the Common Agricultural Policy. This will provide an exceptional opportunity for British policy makers, industry experts, stakeholders and academics to rethink environmental policies, food safety regulations and to reconsider the interests of farmers and consumers. This timely conference will bring together prominent academics, policy makers, media representatives and stakeholders to discuss critical issues impacting immigration work force, environmental protection and food production in post-Brexit Britain.

Conference programme

9-9.20am: Registration and coffee

9.20-9.30am: Welcome

9.30-10am: Keynote Speech, Guy Smith, NFU Deputy President

10-11.30am: Session 1: Governance in Agriculture, featuring: 

- Chair Dr Aleksandra Cavoski
- Emeritus Professor Berkeley Hill, ‘Studies of the impact on UK agriculture of Brexit’
- Professor Robert Lee, ‘UK agri-food governance post-Brexit’
- Dr Ludivine Petetin, ‘Agriculture and Devolution’

11.45am-1.15am: Session 2: Learning from the Past, featuring: 

- Chair Dr Matthew Bell
- Dr Jeremy Franks, ‘A review of the trends in UK environmental Policy and in particular AES/AECS policy’
- Dr Stephen Ramsden, ‘Integrating the economic and environmental performance of agriculturalsystems: A demonstration using Farm Business Survey data and Farmscoper’
- Julian Gairdner, Rezare Systems Ltd, ’The New Zealand experience - Innovating in the global market’

1.15-2.15pm: Lunch break

2.15-3.15pm: Session 3: A changing environment, featuring:

- Chair Dr Irene Antonopoulos
- Dr Brian Jack, 'Four Shades of Green: governing the rural environment'
- Miranda Gellhoed, ‘Law and Agroecology’

3.15-3.30pm: Coffee break

3.30-5pm: Session 4: The future of British agriculture, featuring:

- Chair Dr Ludivine Petetin
- Dr Aleksanda Cavoski: The interface of science and law in environmental and agricultural issues
- Dr Matthew Bell: Assessing regional differences in farming systems and their resilience
- Dr Christie Siettou, ‘The future of animal welfare in a post-Brexit Britain'

5-5.15pm: Concluding remarks

5.15pm onwards: Drinks reception sponsored by the Institute for Evidence-Based Law Reform

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