Understanding agriculture’s triple helix – how the consumer, environment and technology will influence the rural economy of the future

Thursday 9th November at Easton and Otley College, Easton, Norwich NR9 5DX

As a founding partner of Agri-Tech Week, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association is once again delighted to be hosting this special event aimed at anyone interested in the future of agricultural and the rural economy on either side of the farm gate.

This year our event considers the future influences (economic, financial, geo-political, scientific / technological) on UK agriculture and how Norfolk’s farmers might find ‘their’ way in an increasingly uncertain and complex world. In particular, it asks what role agri-tech has to play, where new developments are coming from and whether we are creating the right skills and talent to cope with the future.

Taken altogether, we ask how we meet the future needs and demands of the consumer, on the one hand, and the rural economy on the other.

The key speaker at this event, delivering the RNAA Leadership Lecture, will be Professor Allan Buckwell, a pre-eminent agricultural economist and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Environmental Policy.

In addition, our panel of farmers and agriculturalists will be there to explore the big issues of the day and provide their own views in a discussion and question time, hosted by BBC Farming Today’s, Anna Hill.

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Event details

Where: Easton and Otley College, Easton Campus, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 5DX
When: Thursday 9 November 2017, registration from 17.00 (event begins at 17.30)
Cost: £25 including a hot fork supper, dessert and drinks. Teas/coffees available on arrival. Parking is free of charge.

ABOUT ALLAN BUCKWELL Emeritus Prof. Agricultural Economics. Imperial College London.

Career: Lecturer, Newcastle University 1970-84
Professor of Agricultural Economics, Wye College, London, 1984-99
Policy Director, Country Land and Business Association, 2000-11
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for European Environmental Policy, since 1/1/12
Nuffield Farming Scholarships selector, Chairman Kent CLA.

Specialises in British and European rural policy, especially the CAP, trade, technology, environment and structural change in farming and food chain.

Principal interest is balancing the food production and environmental land management roles of agriculture in Britain, Europe, and indeed, globally.

Current projects: UK agricultural policy post Brexit, Optimal place of livestock in EU agriculture,.  Three recent projects: Out of the box thinking on CAP (2017), Nutrient Recovery and Reuse in EU agriculture (2016), Sustainable Intensification of EU Agriculture (2014).

Other events in Agri-Tech Week 2017 include:

Monday 6th November
Afternoon: Water and Soils – Lincoln:

Riseholme Campus, Riseholme Hall, Lincoln, LN2 2LG

Presentations and interactive workshop hosted by Lincoln Institute for Agricultural Technology looking at

  • The impact of coastal flooding on agricultural land
  • The contribution of agrochemicals, especially metaldehydes to water sources.

Lincoln is involved in two major EU projects, one of which is an EU Horizon 2020 project involving 12 countries.

Tuesday 7th November
All day: REAP Conference: Today’s Knowledge Meets Tomorrow’s Technology – Cambridge:

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, CB10 1RQ

The theme of Agri-Tech East’s annual conference this year is “Today’s Knowledge Meets Tomorrow’s Technology” where we will explore the potential for the application of new tools and services to help broaden and deepen our understanding of the principles behind productive, sustainable and, ultimately, profitable production.

Wednesday 8th November
Morning: ‘Tyres, Traction and Compaction’ – Suffolk

Diss, Suffolk – Venue to be announced

AHDB and Catchment Sensitive Farming present a workshop about tyre management and Controlled Traffic Farming. This is a chance to find out about the latest innovation and peer-to-peer exchange of best measures to increase soil structure, ensure efficient in-field working and avoid soil compaction. Free to attend and includes lunch.

Friday 10th November
Morning: From field to pack house: optimising resources – Cambridge:

Sophi Taylor Building, NIAB Park Farm, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9NZ

This event will include seminars and a workshop to discuss management and reduction of waste in the food chain, hearing about best practice to optimise resources as product moves from the field or glasshouse to the packhouse. Hosted by NIAB, this event will feature international partners from a pan-Europe consortium coming together to discuss progress and innovation in the industry to reduce waste.

Further information about Agri-Tech week can be found at