The National Farm Management conference, organised by the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM), is returning this November to tackle the questions clouding the balance between food security and the safeguarding of the environment.
In order to consider these ‘thornier’ questions, a number of keynote speakers will talk at the event. The president of the NFU, Minette Batters, is set to deliver the conference’s opening address; professor Tim Lang, from the Centre for Food Policy; Lord Deben, chair of the Climate Change Committee; and Sophie Throup, head of agriculture, fisheries and sustainable sourcing at Morrisons, will also be in attendance.
“The line-up of sessions will leave no stone unturned when it comes to tackling the difficult questions which arise when debating food and environmental security,” says Carl Atkin, chairman of the IAgrM.
“We’ll explore who owns natural capital and how it should be monetised, how we can undo the plateauing of agricultural productivity growth and the role of vertical farming, alternative proteins and cultured food, in the strengthening of food security.”
The conference is open to members and non-members of IAgrM and, for the first time, 50 free of charge places are available to students.
“Inspiring the next generation of farming leaders is crucial, which is why we’ve taken the decision to enable more agricultural students to attend this year,” concluded Mr Atkin.
To book a ticket, visit the National Farm Management conference website: www.iagrm.com/conference