October 17, 2016

18/10/2016: Strong line up for topical debate at Agribusiness 2017

Science, business, politics and economics will all feature at this year’s Agribusiness 2017 conference, held on 17 November at the East of England Showground, an event dedicated to the needs of the agricultural supply industry.

This year’s theme ‘Driving the current agricultural revolution’ reflects the tremendous change that is occurring in every aspect of business, says conference organiser John Kelley, Chief Operating Officer at the Agricultural IndustriesConfederation.

Addressing the politics theme will be Defra Minister George Eustice who will discuss the promotion of innovation within UK agriculture and agribusiness. While AIC Chief Executive David Caffall will speak on the role of a trade association in times of change.

 
Image: US Department of Agriculture

Finance will be covered by Barclays Bank National Strategy Director Oliver McEntyre, who will explore the outlook for investment in agriculture and agribusiness. While Tom Hind, AHDB Chief Strategy Officer will look at the need for world class innovation.

Three aspects of science and agri supply innovation will be covered in papers by Professor Daniel Moreton from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology looking at the new opportunities offered by satellite technology.

Professor Luke Alphey of the Pirbright Institute will examine the future of using genetics in pest management; while Dr Cristobal Uauy, from John Innes Centre will look at the step changes in plant breeding. The topics and debate will be enlivened by the Conference chairman Declan Curry, former presenter of BBC Business Breakfast.

“Whilst our focus will be on factors that will have a significant impact on agriculture and hence the agri-supply industry, the impact of Brexit will also be a crucial factor which will shape future negotiations.” said John Kelley.

“Our aim is to provide a worthwhile day of information, debate and networking to help those operating in the agrisupply chain and related businesses to be stimulated, informed and challenged.”

Alongside the conference will be a mini-exhibition with representatives of a range of trade bodies, suppliers of software and other services to agribusiness along with agricultural charities. 


For full details and booking click HERE.
 

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