09:00 Registration, tea and coffee
10:00 New NAAC video and welcome from NAAC
10:05 Welcome by the Conference Chair, Cedric Porter, Supply Intelligence
10:15 National Food Strategy, Balwinder Dhoot, Policy lead on the National Food Strategy at Defra – The National Food Strategy is a landmark review of Britain’s food system to determine a national strategy lasting decades beyond Brexit. The review will be the first significant assessment of the British food system in 75 years and we consider the influence of and impact on contractors.
10:45 Panel debate: Sustainable productive farming – where do contractors fit?
– Farming without the Single Farm Payment, Stuart Roberts, NFU Vice President
– Farming Green, Phil Jarvis, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
– Technology – but who pays? Russell Price, NAAC Contractor
11:30 Carbon neutrality – pipedream, challenge or opportunity? Neil Carter, SAC Consulting – The UK Government has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050, and the NFU has committed farming by 2040; we consider how this may impact on contractors – looking at how to work out a carbon footprint, business efficiency and machinery costs.
12:00 Taking positive steps, Vicki Beers, National Partnerships Manager, Farming Community Network – Poor mental health is emerging as one of the biggest challenges in the UK farming industry. It estimated that one agricultural worker a week takes their own life. Contractors face unprecedented challenges from the weather, finances and pressures of work but help is there.
12:20 Round-up by the Chairman
12:30 Lunch and exhibition until close at 16:00
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