Details of group meetings and other activities.


Forthcoming Meetings

Past Meetings

Minister for Exports Mike Freer MP launches Agri-Tech exports initiative

10 January 2022

DIT Minister for Exports Mike Freer MP was joined by representatives of UK Technology for Agriculture and Genetics (UK TAG), the Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) and the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) to launch a a new initiative aimed at boosting international trade in the Agri-Tech sector.

Whatever happened to Sustainable Intensification?

13 September 2021 via Zoom

Guest speakers:
Professor Sir David Baulcombe FRS, Royal Society Research Professor, University of Cambridge
Professor Michael Winter OBE, Professor of Land Economy and Society, University of Exeter
Professor Paul Wilson, Director, Rural Business Research Unit, University of Nottingham
Professor Andrew Balmford FRS, Professor of Conservation Science, University of Cambridge

The socio-economic contribution of plant breeding in the UK and EU - study

Friday 25 June 2021 via Zoom

Guest Speaker:
Dr Steffen Noleppa, Managing Director, HFFA Research GmbH

Lord Cameron of Dillington

International trade opportunities for the UK agri-tech sector

Tuesday 27 April 2021 via Zoom

Guest Speakers:
Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy, DIT
Nick von Westenholz, Director, Trade and Business Strategy, NFU

Julian Sturdy MP

PM’s Task Force on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform
How can we use post-Brexit Regulatory Freedom to unleash UK Agri-Science Innovation?
Brainstorm with George Freeman MP

Monday 22 March 2021 via Zoom

Guest Speakers:
British Growers Association, Hummingbird Technologies, NFU, Agricultural Industries Confederation, Crop Protection Association, NIAB, Global Farmer Network, SESvanderHave, Bayer Crop Science, Commercial Farmers Group, CHAP

Julian Sturdy MP

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 16 March 2021 via Zoom

Julian Sturdy MP re-elected as Chair

Earl of Lindsay, Lord Cameron of Dillington, Baroness Jones of Whitchurch and Rt Hon Robert Goodwill MP re-elected as Vice-Chairs

Income and Expenditure statement approved

Drones in precision agriculture

Monday 22 February 2021

Guest speakers:
Viscount Ridley, House of Lords/Regulatory Horizons Council
Hendrik zu Knyphausen, VP of Operations, Hummingbird Technologies
Jonathan Gill, UAV Researcher, National Centre for Precision Farming, Harper Adams University
Dr Shamal Mohammed, Chief Technology Officer, AGRI-EPI Centre

Julian Sturdy MP

USDA Agricultural Innovation Agenda – Ted A. McKinney

Tuesday 20 October 2020 via Zoom

Guest speaker:
Ted A. McKinney, USDA Under-Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs

Julian Sturdy MP

National Food Strategy – the role of science and innovation

Wednesday 2 September 2020 via Zoom

Guest speaker:
Henry Dimbleby, National Food Strategy lead

Julian Sturdy MP

Post-Brexit opportunities for better UK regulation of plant breeding innovation

Tuesday 19 May 2020 via Zoom

Guest speakers:
Karen Holt, Independent Regulatory Consultant
Professor Jonathan Jones, Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich
Ian Munnery, General Manager, SESVanDerHave UK
Dr Tina Barsby, Chief Executive, NIAB

Julian Sturdy MP

Defra Chief Scientific Adviser - Professor Gideon Henderson

As British farmers face critical decisions over the future direction of agricultural policy, in the context of major challenges such as food and nutrition security, climate change, resource and nature conservation, the APPG meeting on 25 January will provide a key opportunity to hear first-hand from the scientist responsible for overseeing the quality of evidence that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs relies on for policy decisions.

Joining the All-Party Group for the first time since his appointment as Chief Scientific Adviser at Defra in October 2019, Professor Henderson will focus particularly on the opportunities scientific innovation in agriculture has to offer in reducing the climate change impact of our food system.

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Tuesday 25 January 2022 - 4.30 - 5.30pm via Zoom