Cereals 2014: HSBC forums focus on business issues

DEFRA secretary Owen Paterson and NFU president Meurig Raymond headline this year’s series of forums hosted by Cereals 2014 principal sponsor HSBC.

The Q&A session on Wednesday morning is open to anyone who would like to listen to and join in some lively debate, including CAP reform, farm incomes and the trade gap, as well as wider matters like the government’s response to flooding and bovine TB.

DEFRA minister Lord de Mauley will replace Mr Paterson on Thursday for a similar session.

See also: Follow all the news from Cereals 2014

Also on Wednesday afternoon Joseph Glauber, chief economist at United States Department of Agriculture, will examine what is driving global markets, how the USA is making the most of them and what lessons the UK can learn.

On both days an expert panel will discuss the UK’s position in the global market, the challenges ahead and how to remain competitive.

For a break from business on both afternoons an informal Q&A with Sam Warburton, captain of the British & Irish Lions 2013, considers how victory was won over tough Australian opposition.

HSBC Forums

Wednesday 11 June

9.30am: 
Q&A forum with Owen Paterson, DEFRA Secretary and Meurig Raymond, NFU president (pictured below)

11am: 
UK agriculture in a global marketplace with Robert Law, host farmer, Mark Berrisford-Smith, head of economics, HSBC and Guy Smith, NFU vice-president

1pm: Global Agriculture – the multinational opportunity… what, where and when, with Joseph Glauber, chief economist, USDA

3pm: Winning a Lions tour Q&A with Sam Warburton, captain of the British & Irish Lions 2013

Thursday 12 June

9.30am: 
Q&A forum with Lord de Mauley, DEFRA minister and Meurig Raymond, NFU president

11am: UK agriculture in a global marketplace with Robert Law, host farmer, Mark Berrisford-Smith, head of economics, HSBC and Guy Smith, NFU vice-president

 2pm: 
Winning a Lions tour Q&A with Sam Warburton, captain of the British & Irish Lions 2013

Programme correct at time of going to print

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