NFU conference 2009 – Farmers Weekly Interactive’s special report

Welcome to Farmers Weekly Interactive’s special report page for the 2009 National Farmers Union conference.

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Mon 16 Feb – 10.30am Political
Mon 16 Feb – 2.00pm Economic
Tues 17 Feb – 9am Next generation breakout session
Tues 17 Feb – 11am Food

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Open the Podia webcasting page by clicking on the appropriate link above and click on the top left of the screen where it says ‘start presentation now’. You can keep to this view (with the speaker slides on the right) or double click on the live screen to get a full screen view of the session.

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NFU conference 2009 – Where, when and who?

Programme – 16 February




Opening address – Peter Kendall


Session 1: Political

Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State, DEFRA

Harsha V Singh, Deputy Director General, WTO

Nick Herbert MP, Shadow DEFRA secretary




Session 2: Economic


Prof Charles Bean, Deputy Governor Monetary Policy, Bank of England

Dr Klaus-Dieter Schumacher, Head of Economics,

Alfred C. Toepfler International GmbH

Mark Price, Managing Director, Waitrose






Breakout sessions

Poultry – setting our own agenda
NFU Poultry Board Chairman will explain the strategies of the board to drive the industry forward and respond to the market place.

Combinable Crops: Food, Feed and Energy
A look over this year’s activity, and priorities for the next year. The session will focus on trade and new ways of looking at grain markets, as well as the Combinable Crops Board’s policy focus on the environment science and regulation, how they affect the sector and what you need to know.

Profitable Livestock
Views from the Supply Chain: The NFU Livestock Chairman will invite representatives from the supply chain to set out their vision for a profitable and sustainable domestic livestock sector.

Dairy at the tipping point?
The NFU Dairy Team will debate with members whether the decline in production can be arrested and if so, how?

What beet growers want from the new IPA
The NFU Sugar board invites beet growers to discuss the forthcoming IPA negotiations and the state of the UK sugar industry, post reform. Hear from the Chairman of NFU Sugar, William Martin, and then have your say on the future of the industry.

Why Horticulture Matters
NFU Horticulture will explain why.


Drinks reception



Programme – 17 February





What does the European Parliament mean to British Agriculture?
Guest speakers Andrew Duff MEP, Liberal Democrat, Neil Parish MEP, Conservative Party and Gary Titley MEP, Labour Party.

Next Generation
NFU Officeholder meets with Young Farmer representatives.

Guest speaker Dr Paul Leinster, Chief Executive, Environment Agency, Dr Helen Phillips, Chief Executive, Natural England  plus other key industry speakers.




Session 3: Food: Health, Environment and the Consumer

Professor Patrick Wall, Chair, EFSA
Edward Garner, Communications Director, TNS Worldpanel
Rt Hon Jane Kennedy MP, Minister of State (Farming and the Environment)                 


Close of conference




AGM (members only)



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