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A ground-breaking workshop looking at the future of agriculture is being held at the University of Gloucestershire.

On 29th March, over 125 delegates will be gathering to hear a range of industry experts and practitioners build on ideas and identify priorities and ways to embed them into policy thinking, and ultimately action, so that food, farming and environment policy is fit for the challenges that lie ahead in the next 70 years.

The interactive workshop is being organized and led by the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), a specialist rural policy and research organization based at the University of Gloucestershire. Although the focus is on Gloucestershire, the workshop aims to be pulling in thoughts from further afield.

Chris Short, who is the main organizer, said:

“The CCRI has been delighted to work with so many people in developing the programme for this event.  It demonstrates how interested a wide range of people are in what happens to the rural areas in Gloucestershire and further afield.  Many people and organisations, regardless of how they feel about leaving Europe, are aware that there is a unique opportunity to shape policy for rural areas to ensure that we have resilient landscapes and vibrant rural communities that can cope with the impacts of climate change and the global markets.” 

The workshop has received approval in high places and we are delighted that Dr David Drew, MP for Stroud and Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), together with Julie Girling MEP, will be attending and sitting on a panel in the afternoon session.

David Drew MP said:

 “I’m very much looking forward to hearing from delegates and experts from across the food industry and farming. Agriculture faces significant change and challenges, with Brexit looming, so it is important that we use this moment as an opportunity to really think about how best to prepare for the future and develop policies which ensure a sustainable future for our farming, food production and environment.”

Julie Girling MEP said:

 “I’m very pleased to be able to join the panel session at the University of Gloucestershire. There are many production challenges facing us, not least Brexit and the ending of public subsidies. I look forward to hearing new and innovative ideas.”

Confirmed speakers include Sue Pritchard, Director of the The Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, Professor Tim Lang from City, University of London’s Centre for Food Policy and George Dunn, Chief Executive of the Tenant Farmers Association. Attendees will be able to participate in two of the following five interactive workshops:

  1. Trade issues
  2. Managing market uncertainty
  3. Food and energy futures
  4. Land, biodiversity and water management
  5. Social value and well-being

It is envisaged that the outputs from this workshop will feed into a number of forums within and outside the county, including the recently formed RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission.

We have had an excellent response to this conference and very few places remain. If you are interested in attending, please contact us directly at ccri@glos.ac.uk 

Follow the workshop on Twitter https://twitter.com/CCRI_UK  

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INFORMATION FOR EDITORS:

Date and Time:

Thursday 29th March, 2018

10:00 – 16:00 BST

Location:

Oxstalls Campus, Room LC003

Oxstalls Lane

Gloucester, GL2 9HW

Event webpage

Contacts:

Chris Short

Email: mailto:cshort@glos.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 1242 714550

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