Farming Without Barriers – NFU Conference 2020, ICC Birmingham

With Brexit underway, the state of the economy and trading are the first two things that come to mind. As major political changes make their way into New Year, ICC welcomes the 2020 NFU Conference to Birmingham, the biggest annual conference for farmers in England and Wales.

The conference will be covering the political and economic factors that will have an impact or affect the food and farming industry, National and International farming standards involving animal health and welfare, rural crimes and will finish with the future farming plans to continue supporting and pushing forward the farming industry.

In NFU’S 2019 Conference, The NFU’s Future of Food 2040 report was launched, giving farmers a future perspective to look towards in terms of what food and farming could look like in 20 years’ time. As we witness the rapid changes occurring in climate and habitation as well as the increase in global growth in population alongside advances in technology, there is much to be discussed and strategised but also to look forward to.

NFU President Minette Batters will deliver the opening address on day one, followed by the political session with the Defra Secretary of State. There will also be a session on trade and farming standards. The main event of day two will be cross-sector workshops covering climate change, animal health and welfare, rural crime and future farming support. There will be an array of high profile speakers from across the spectrum of politics, economics, retail and science. The NFU Conference 2020 will really have it all.

Thousands of British farmers from all over the UK will be attending the conference to hear about the NFU’s priorities for the next 12 months, as well as discussing the biggest challenges faced by the food and farming industry and how they can be addressed, opportunities and future potential innovations and developments.

NFU President Minette Batters described in her New Year’s speech, “This time last year I said that 2019 was going to be a pivotal time for British farming. I wasn’t wrong, but if this year has been big, 2020 is going to be monumental”.

The initial uncertainty of whether Brexit was going to happen or not, with two Brexit extensions and a General Election later, it has made it a challenge to fully anticipate what the industry will be expecting in the months and years to come. However Brexit should not be the ‘be all and end all’, 2020 will give the chance to reset goals and strategies and push forward with a reinvigorated outlook.


Venue: The International Convention Centre, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA
The conference will take place on 25 and 26 February 2020
For full event details visit the NFU’s website.

Plan Ahead

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