AHDB taking to the airwaves for a 360 degree look at Brexit

AHDB is running a live digital event on 23 June exploring in the round the impacts of Brexit one year on for UK agriculture and horticulture.

Three panel sessions broadcast on You tube and the AHDB website will examine where we are now a year after the referendum vote (8.30am), the big issues that have emerged for the agri-food sector (11am) and what farm businesses can do to gear up for the change ahead (1pm).

Questions can be submitted by direct messaging @TheAHDB on Twitter and will be discussed by experts, including the authors of AHDB’s suite of Horizon publications.

Joining the 11am discussion on the big issues will be Graham Redman from Andersons and Tom Keen from the NFU EU Exit and International Trade team.

Growers, farmers and their supply chains are being encouraged to get involved using the hashtags #AskAHDB and #Brexit360.

Phil Bicknell, AHDB Market Intelligence Director, said: “From the referendum result onwards, the entire country has been on something of a learning curve. From an agricultural perspective, we know that Brexit matters. CAP has provided the framework behind farming policy for UK farming for the last four decades and Europe has become a close trading partner over that time, whether that’s as customers for our exports or suppliers of a whole host of agricultural and food products.

“We want to hear from farmers and growers what their key concerns are as they look ahead to a post-Brexit world and are well positioned with our in-house expertise and industry partners to start addressing some of these. We’ll also be looking at some of the questions farm businesses should be asking themselves and demonstrating the tools and resources AHDB is investing in to help the industry through the change process.”

Full agenda

The event on 23 June will be live streamed at http://www.ahdb.org.uk/brexit/brexit360.aspx

Hosted and chaired by John Bates, AHDB Senior Media & PR Manager

8.30am Where are we?

Panel: Phil Bicknell, AHDB market intelligence director; David Swales, AHDB head of strategic insight; Sarah Baker, AHDB senior analyst

Since the referendum, AHDB has focused efforts on delving into the detail, with its Horizon series of reports providing vital insight to the industry at this time of uncertainty. To kick off, we’ll be reflecting back on the last twelve months and taking stock of our current position.

11.00am What are the big issues?

Panel: Phil Bicknell, AHDB market intelligence director; Graham Redman, partner, The Andersons Centre; Tom Keen, EU exit and international trade adviser, NFU

While the specifics for individual farmers will vary depending on sector, size and even location, some common themes have emerged for the agri-food sector. We’ll hear from farmers on their key concerns as they look ahead to a post-Brexit world and our expert panel will give their view on the trade, labour and farm policy issues that dominate discussions.

1.30pm What do we need to do next?  

Panel: Jack Watts, AHDB Lead Analyst; Philip Dolbear, AHDB knowledge exchange manager; Peter Hardwick, AHDB head of exports

Just because we’re in uncertain times and we face several variables beyond our control, it shouldn’t mean we take a wait and see approach. Change will happen, different scenarios are emerging and we believe that planning for a different future is going to be critical. We’ll look at the key questions we think farm businesses need to be asking themselves, hear from farmers what they’re doing to prepare for the future and look at how AHDB is gearing up with new tools and resources to help.


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John Swire - Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.