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  1. Agribusiness 2016 and laboratory meat production?

    It not so long ago that the first laboratory produced beef burger was hailed as either a break though in the production of meat or an expensive waste of time!

    Scientists took cells from a cow and, at an institute in the Netherlands, turned them into strips of muscle that they combined to make the burger. Since 2013 scientists have advanced this technology and are already producing laboratory produced milk and meat that has never seen the light of day.

    Is this is dawn of the next agricultural revolution or just pie in the sky? Could this development impact on your business in the future?

    Listen to Dr. Marianne Ellis of the University of Bath who will be discussing the latest advancements in this area and whether this will be a realistic proposition at Agribusiness 2016 “Accelerating the agriculture and food agenda”.

    The conference takes place on the 11 November in Peterborough with a pre-conference networking supper on the 10 November.

    Book your ticket now online or use the booking form.

  2. Make Agribusiness 2016 a date for your diary in November

    ‘Be sure you put November 11th – the date for Agribusiness 2016, the agri-supply industry conference – in your diary.’  That’s the message from the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC).

    The theme for Agribusiness 2016 is ‘Accelerating the agriculture and food agenda’. It will feature leading political, scientific and business speakers within the agribusiness arena.

    AIC is pleased to announce that Tassos Haniotis, Director for Economic Analysis, Perspectives and Evaluation in the Directorate General for Agriculture at the European Commission will be speaking.

    Other speakers confirmed include Beth Hart, Head of Product Development and Technology – Fresh Foods at Sainsbury’s, and leading economic analyst Sean Rickard. This year’s event will be chaired by Charlotte Smith from BBC Radio Four’s Farming Today programme.

    John Kelley, Managing Director at AIC Services said: “The speed of change has never been greater and UK agriculture has to accelerate its pace of change if it is to successfully compete. Key initiatives from the EU Commission on Agriculture and the UK AgriTech strategy will be covered, as well as the impact of a yes/no vote for membership of the EU, and a top-level view from a leading food retailer.

    “The Agribusiness conference focuses on information and inspiration for leaders in the agricultural supply industry, as well as providing an excellent opportunity for networking. It has become an essential date for those planning their strategy for the coming years.”

    Full details and booking form.

  3. Agribusiness 2016 – 11 November 2015

    Diary Date: Agribusiness 2016 will take place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough on the 11 November 2015. This will be preceded by the pre conference supper on the 10 November 2015.

  4. Give Us the Tools to Deliver Sustainability

    Panel Session, Agribusiness 2015

    AIC CEO David Caffall, Parliamentary under Secretary of State George Eustice and UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew take part in a panel session at Agribusiness 2015.

    Technology is vital to environmental and economic sustainability for UK agriculture. This was the recurring message from speakers at this year’s Agribusiness 2015 conference organised by the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC).

    The theme of the conference was ‘Growing the sustainable agrisupply chain’. Speaker after speaker gave an upbeat view of industry prospects, but emphasised that access to technology was vital to sustainable delivery.

    Parliamentary under Secretary of State at Defra George Eustice delivered a positive message for the industry and confirmed that the UK Government is fully behind AIC’s drive towards a risk-based approach to European decision-making.

    “We need to retain key crop protection products and we recognise the threat to these, particularly endocrine disrupters,” he said. ”We believe that products should only be removed where there is a genuine risk, but we differ from other EU countries in this approach.”

    AIC Chief Executive David Caffall talked of the Confederation’s work in reducing the burden of regulation and the challenges ahead. Speaking during a panel session alongside George Eustice, he said: “Our target now is decision-makers in Europe. We have the support of the UK Government but we now need to mobilise Europe.”

    He had earlier announced the formation of ‘Food for Thought’, an alliance of European trade associations that will bring together the interests of agriculture alongside food and drink to provide increased lobbying power on cross-sector issues.

    The need for a fiscal regime that will encourage investment in innovative technology by UK agriculture was at the heart of the presentation by NFU President Meurig Raymond. While Chairman of the AHDB Peter Kendall set out an ambitious manifesto to make AHDB into a world-leading Centre of Excellence to provide access to the technological advances that UK agriculture needs.

    Suzanne Pera, Farm Inputs Analyst with Rabobank, described a view of the future where precision farming would increase both business efficiency and sustainability. She was confident that the new technologies could be applied across all sizes of enterprise including family farms, and was positive about farmers benefitting from the value created.

    Richard Heathcote of Cool Farm Alliance talked about the models for measuring on-farm sustainability, which have been developed with the support of major multi-nationals, and have already been applied on 100,000 farms. He said that neither technology nor ecology was the panacea for sustainability, but said that it is crucial to ‘measure in order to manage’.

    The conference was chaired by broadcaster and Farming Today presenter Sybil Ruscoe.

    AIC Chairman Jon Duffy said: “It was a thought-provoking and rewarding day. The quality of the speakers was probably the highest I have seen, and in Sybil Roscoe we had a chairwoman who engaged so successfully with the audience and stimulated some great debate”.

  5. Sustainability challenge

    Speakers for this years Agribusiness 2015 are dealing with the sustainability challenge within their organisations on an ongoing basis and have shared some of their thoughts on this topic ahead of them speaking at this year’s conference.

    Suzanne Pera, Farm Inputs Analyst with Rabobank International, says: “The global agriculture industry’s capacity to meet the world’s growing food demand is being stretched at the expense of the environment. A holistic long-term approach may be the key, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. I will be asking the question ‘What does it take to shift farmers’ focus away from yield maximisation towards input optimisation?’.”

    Additionally, Richard Heathcote of the Cool Farm Alliance says: “Today there are many sustainability challenges and it is critical that we understand the impacts of everything we do. There are numerous initiatives including agri environment and compliance schemes, and standards that are pointing farmers towards positive change. In all cases we have to ask ‘Are the initiatives working?’ and ‘Are we becoming more sustainable?’

  6. Conference tackles challenge of meeting global demand sustainably

    The challenges of delivering sustainable agriculture while meeting growing global demands for food will feature high on the agenda for this year’s AIC Agribusiness Conference.

    Speaker Richard Heathcote of the Cool Farm Alliance says: “Today there are many sustainability challenges and it is critical that we understand the impacts of everything we do. There are numerous initiatives including agri-environment and compliance schemes, and standards that are pointing farmers towards positive change. In all cases we have to ask ‘Are the initiatives working?’ and ‘Are we becoming more sustainable?’

    “We need to measure to manage, and, as an example, the Cool Farm Alliance provides a scientifically rigorous, but farmer-friendly way to do this.”

    Suzanne Pera, Farm Inputs Analyst with Rabobank International, says: “The global agriculture industry’s capacity to meet the world’s growing food demand is being stretched at the expense of the environment. A holistic long-term approach may be the key, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. I will be asking the question ‘What does it take to shift farmers’ focus away from yield maximisation towards input optimisation?’.”

    Suzanne and Richard will be joining a selection of high profile speakers at the conference including recently-appointed AHDB Chairman Peter Kendall, who will outline the organisation’s ambition to provide farmers and growers with the tools they need to make the most of growing domestic and global demand.

    Other speakers are Defra Minister George Eustice, NFU President Meurig Raymond, UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew, and FEFAC President Ruud Tijssens, who will discuss strategic raw material supply, feed safety and sustainability.

    John Kelley, Managing Director, AIC Services says: “Sustainability is becoming a prerequisite for retailers and this conference will debate the most effective way to meet these demands. The theme is ‘Growing the sustainable agri-supply chain’ and we will focus on actions that meet this sustainability agenda whilst maintaining efficiency and profitability. Agribusiness 2015’s is packed with experts speakers and will be beneficial to our members and to a variety of other agri-industry stakeholders.”

    The conference takes place on November 12th at the East of England Showground, Peterborough.

  7. Early Bird Discount ends soon

    AIC are looking forward to hosting and meeting our delegates at the pre-conference supper at Orton Hall, Peterborough, on the evening of the 11th November and at the conference in The Cambridge Suite, East of England Showground, Peterborough the following day.

    Agribusiness 2015 will focus upon “Growing the sustainable agrisupply chain” and we have an impressive array of speakers. This years conference will be chaired by Sybil Ruscoe who amongst other things is a regular contributor the BBC Farming Today programme.

    The “earlybird discount rate” ends this Friday so to take full advantage of this please can any booking be placed before this date.

  8. AIC launches dedicated website for Agribusiness 2015

    AIC have launched a dedicated website for Agribusiness 2015 which will enable potential delegates to find out much more information about the conference before the event.

    The website has lots of information about the speakers, venue and booking details. Commenting on the launch John Kelley, COO-AIC said, “this is a great step forwards for Agribusiness 2015 and should help all our members and stakeholders have a clearer picture about this important event.”

  9. Pre Conference Supper, 11 November 2014

    Best Western Orton Hall Hotel, Peterborough PE2 7DN

    This year’s pre-conference supper will be held at the picturesque Orton Hall Hotel in Peterborough. This informal supper provides delegates with a unique opportunity to meet others and network before the conference commences.

    AIC Chief Executive David Caffall and other members of the AIC team will be happy to answer any questions delegates may have. Several of the external conference speakers will also attend. This is a great opportunity for Chief Executives and management teams from leading agribusinesses to meet on an informal basis and network.

    The event begins with pre-conference reception drinks at 7.15pm followed by dinner at 7.45pm. Best Western Orton Hall Hotel, The Village, Orton Longueville, Peterborough PE2 7DN. Enquiries 01733 391111.