How can farmers balance food security with environmental needs on the path to net zero? This year’s National Farm Management Conference will provide the answers.
Balancing food and environmental security to be debated at National Farm Management this November
The National Farm Management Conference is returning this November to tackle the big questions which come with balancing the requirement for food security with environmental needs.
This year’s conference, titled ‘Agriculture’s defining decade: Balancing food and environmental security’, will address the ‘thornier’ issues which come with efficiently producing food while safeguarding the environment.
It’s acknowledged that the war in the Black Sea region has stoked a resurgence in focus on food security issues, which were already creeping back to the forefront due to disruptions caused by Brexit and Covid-19. At the same time, farming is undoubtedly going to play a key role in reaching net zero emissions, as 72% of UK land is farmed, providing vast opportunity to sequester carbon in agricultural soils alongside other ‘environmentally friendly’ activities.
National Farm Management Conference speaker line up
Speakers at the event include:
- Minette Batters, President, National Farmers Union
- Benjamina Bollag, Founder and CEO, HigherSteaks Limited
- Lord Deben, Chair of the Climate Change Committee and former Minister of Agriculture and Secretary of State for the Environment
- Dr Thomas Farrugia, Founder and CEO of Beta Bugs Limited
- Will Gemmill, Executive Partner, Ceres Rural
- Dr John Gilliland, Professor of Practice, Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS), Queen’s University Belfast
- Phil Jarvis, Chairman, Albanwise Farming Limited
- Professor Tim Lang, Professor Emeritus of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, University of London
- James Lloyd-Jones, CEO and Founder, Jones Food Company Limited
- Steve Maxwell, CEO, Worldwide Fruit
- Emily Norton, Head of Rural Research, Savills
- Abi Reader, Goldsland Farm, Glamorganshire and Farmers Weekly Farming Champion of the year
- Nick Swallow, Trade Commissioner to the UK & Ireland, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
- Sophie Throup, Head of Agriculture, Fisheries and Sustainable Sourcing, W M Morrison Supermarkets
- Professor Michael Wallace, Professor of Agriculture and Food Economics, University College Dublin
The line-up of sessions promises to leave no stone unturned when it comes to tackling the difficult questions which arise when debating food and environmental security.
Free tickets for students at National Farm Management Conference
The conference welcomes both members and non-members of IAgrM. For the first time this year, 50 free of charge places are available to students in a bid to help inspire the next generation of farming leaders.