In January I’ll be heading to the Oxford Real Farming Conference and the Oxford Farming Conference. For the first time I’ll be bringing you Meet the Farmers podcast episodes from both conferences, which I am very excited for. It’s going to be a logistical challenge working out in which venue to be at which time but I’ll figure it out!
I learnt today that the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove will be attending the 10th annual Oxford Real Farming Conference (3rd Jan) to take part in a Q&A session. This session will be hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology and chaired by Kerry McCarthy.
Following last year’s packed out plenary session with Michael Gove and Zach Goldsmith, the Secretary of State will return this year to answer questions about the future of farming in the UK.
Kerry McCarthy said to the ORFC: “I’m very pleased that the Secretary of State has accepted an invitation to speak at the ORFC for the second year running. It shows that agroecological approaches are entering the mainstream, and gaining in influence. This will be an ideal opportunity to quiz him on the Agriculture Bill currently going through Parliament, and of course, Brexit.”
This will compliment a raft of other sessions that dig deeper into the future of farming post Brexit – with issues ranging from fishing policy to animal welfare regulation, and with debates exploring the value of natural capital, what constitutes a healthy diet and how to hold government to account for a ‘Green Brexit’.
Tickets for the ORFC have now sold out, with this year’s capacity larger than ever at 1,000
attendees. And with almost 100 sessions across the two days featuring more than 200 speakers, it is sure to be a memorable event.