New pre-conference event – 16 November 2021

We will be hosting a NEW pre-conference evening event at 19:00 on Tuesday 16th November at which we will hear from our conference charity partner, Farming Community Network (FCN), our conference chair, Angela Booth, and AIC Chief Executive, Robert Sheasby, chaired by Sybil Ruscoe.

This event is free for all conference delegates. You’ll have the ability to virtually network with other attendees, and this is an ideal opportunity to get logged-in to the conference platform and find your way around before the main conference on Wednesday 17th.

Pre-conference event programme

19:00     Welcome to Agribusiness and AIC

A welcome message from Angela Booth, AIC Chairman, Robert Sheasby, AIC Chief Executive, and Sybil Ruscoe, Agribusiness conference chair.

Watch the new AIC animation describing our policy work and sectors

19:10     Meet our conference charity partner, Farming Community Network (FCN)

Hear from Jude McCann, FCN Chief Executive, about the important work that the voluntary organisation and charity does to support farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times.

19:25     Watch AIC’s new animation on our Feed & Food Assurance Schemes

19:30     Virtual networking, and a chance to learn how to use the platform to communicate with other delegates before the main conference

19:50     Close

How to attend the pre-conference event?

All delegates will be emailed a link to access the online conference platform, nearer the event date.



This year's Agribusiness will focus on the Green Recovery for the UK Agri-food supply chain following the pandemic.

The conference will take place on the 17 November virtually and will be chaired by Sybil Ruscoe of BBC Farming Today, TV and radio presenter.

The ambition for the UK economy is to return to high levels of growth, however, this may still be hampered by COVID 19 and the increasing daily cases recorded. Staff absenteeism is becoming a short-term impediment to achieve this high level of high stable growth. In the medium term, how will this growth be achieved in the context of “net zero” both within the agri-supply industry and wider economy?

A range of dates exist from Government and businesses for either achieving net zero or net carbon zero over the coming decades and these will be debated at Agribusiness. Coupled with this, the changes in agricultural support payments will also be discussed. How will this evolve over the coming years? Will farmers be drawn towards using their land for environmental initiatives and payments rather than food production?

Agribusiness has again attracted some high calibre speakers in this area that will shape some of these key areas. From the latest policy initiatives from the Secretary of State for Agriculture to the opposition Shadow Secretary of State, we will gain a picture of the latest insights in this area.

Other speakers are also currently being invited to Agribusiness and these will be added to the programme of speakers shortly.

John Kelley

John Kelley

Chief Operating Officer, AIC, Managing Director, AIC Services

John Kelley is Chief Operating Officer, AIC, Managing Director, AIC Services.


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01733 385260

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