This year, Agribusiness, the annual event for the UK agrisupply industry, takes the theme of ‘Taking a lead in Agri-Food Policy post Brexit’ with a strong line-up of speakers to lead the Brexit discussion in the area of agribusiness, agriculture and food. The event takes place at the East of England Showground on 8 November 2017.
With UK:EU negotiations due in earnest this month AIC has drawn up an agenda that captures some of the lead Brexit speakers.
There are many aspects to Brexit negotiations. Some of the most important ones that will impact food and agriculture are trade, policy, research and labour.
Keynote speakers include:
Ian Wright, director general of the Food and Drink Federation has led the discussions on the importance of UK food manufacturing and production both at a UK and EU level.
Meurig Raymond, NFU president will present the view of NFU members as agriculture has the most to gain or lose from Brexit negotiations.
David Caffall, chief executive AIC will represent the agrisupply industry and outline the work of the Agri-Brexit Coalition.
Trade is vital to both agriculture and food as Allie Renison, Head of Europe & Trade Policy Institute of Directors will explain. Dr Andy Cureton will represent the British Biotechnology Science Research Council and will discuss the impact on Brexit on innovation and research funding.
Labour requirements both within agriculture and the food industry and huge and the impact of Brexit on this area with be covered by David Camp, chief executive Association of Labour Providers.
Agribusiness 2018 will be chaired by Anna Hill, a regular BBC presenter on food and farming matters.
In the light of the recent Cabinet reshuffle, an invitation to speak has also been extended to incoming Defra Secretary of State, Michael Gove.
Commenting on Agribusiness 2018, John Kelley, chief operating officer, AIC said “Once again this year’s Agribusiness is the most important conference that is dedicated to the agrisupply and allied industries and it vital to attend to hear the leading UK speakers as well as networking with keys movers and shakers within the industry”