This year’s NFU Annual Conference, at the Birmingham Metropole
Hotel on February 26 and 27, will have its eyes fixed firmly on
the future of farming, in the context of climate change, rapidly
rising world demand for foodp and bio-energy and all of the other
factors which are coming together to create both threats and opportunities
for the coming generation of Britain’s farmers and growers.
NFU President Peter Kendall
NFU President Peter Kendall will be joined on the platform by
a galaxy of star speakers including EU Agriculture Commissioner
Marian Fischer Boel, Defra Secretary of State David Miliband, and
J Sainsbury Chief Executive Justin King.
And with a record number of young farmers expected to attend the
event this year the National Federation of Young Farmers will be
joining forces with the NFU to stage a fringe meeting which will
address specifically the needs and aspirations of young people
coming into the industry, and how to attract more of them.
Peter Kendall said: “This year’s conference promises
to be an inspirational couple of days, with the focus firmly on
what I hope and believe can be a bright future for British farming.
To bring that to fruition we need to engage with the young people
involved in our industry and encourage them to find new and innovative
ways of taking it forward into the 21st century.
“We will be debating new science and technology, the crucial
relationship between farming and the environment, how to strengthen
our food supply chains so that they add value for both producers
and consumers, as well as exploring the growing importance of agriculture
and horticulture – why farming matters – in the context
of the rapidly changing world of the 21st century..
“These are exciting, challenging and changing times for
agriculture and horticulture but I have never been more convinced
of the industry’s ability to rise to the challenges that
face us, whether as food producers, bio-energy producers or stewards
of the environment.”
1. The conference is being held at the Hilton Metropole on Monday
February 26 and Tuesday February 27.
2. Speakers at the conference include: Secretary of State of Defra
David Miliband, Sainsbury’s group chief executive Justin
King, Waitrose managing director Steven Esom, Natural England chief
executive Dr Helen Phillips, Environment Agency chief executive
Baroness Barbara Young and agricultural policy director for Barclays
Bank Euryn Jones.
3. NFU board chairmen and chief advisers will be holding a series
of breakout sessions featuring the commodities including dairy,
livestock, poultry, horticulture, combinable crops and sugar beet,
as well as policy for tenants, the CAP health check, farming for
energy and the future of levy boards.
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