New Event Explores How Farmers Can Deliver Environmental Good

‘A cleaner and healthier environment for future generations’ was at the heart of the Government’s Agriculture Bill, launched earlier this month, but who will deliver it, what can farmers do to achieve it and how can the agri-food supply chain support them?

These are some of the key questions up for debate at the inaugural Kellogg’s Origins Food, Farming & Environment Conference, to be held at the Allerton Project in Leicestershire on Tuesday 13 November.

Wildflower field margin

Wildflower margin
pic: GWCT

As we prepare to leave the Common Agricultural Policy, farmers could be facing the most significant change in how they are funded for a generation. Changes in technology and trading could be key how they adapt, so interested is expected to be high. Speakers will cover innovative approaches within different agri-food supply chains and how they are working with producers to help incorporate environmental management into viable farming businesses.

Attendees will get to hear from all of those with a stake in making farming work – both for the environment and the people reliant on a productive landscape. Farmers will be giving their account of the realities of how supply chain initiatives work for them. Representatives from Kellogg’s, Nestle and Waitrose will outline what they are looking to achieve. There will also be a view from the research community looking at what can be achieved by changing the relationship between farmer producers and the agri-food supply chain. There will be ample opportunity for dynamic discussion around agri-environment measures and sustainable solutions to achieving a healthy farmed environment.

“This is a unique opportunity to get farmers and suppliers together to discuss practical ways of working together,” said Jim Egan, who is head of development and training for the Allerton Project.

“Farmers play in vital role in improving Britain’s environment but, for that to work, we must remember their main priority – feeding our growing nation whilst running a profitable business. To achieve the ambitions laid out in the new Agriculture Bill, suppliers and farmers need to be signing from the same hymn sheet. I think this conference marks an important step forward.”

The event is run in partnership with European Farming & Food Partnerships (EFFP) and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Project. The Project should for an ideal setting as all research undertaken by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust on the site is done so with the intention of making productive farming and increasing biodiversity go hand-in-hand.


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