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Cereals 2012: Top Minds, Topical Debate

29 May 2012

UK - Cereals 2012 is shaping up to provide attendees with top-level debates, alongside showcasing the best in leading technical equipment.

The Arable Conference at Cereals, in partnership with the Oxford Farming Conference, attracts some of the most influential and knowledgeable individuals to speak on the industry’s key topics.

This year’s conference, which takes place at Cereals 2012 at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire on 13 and 14 June, is no exception. It will examine a series of issues including food versus environment, raising crop output, new entrants to farming and CAP reform.

Panellists include farm minister Jim Paice, NFU president Peter Kendall, IBERS director Prof Wayne Powell, CPA chief executive Dominic Dyer, CLA president Harry Cotterill and Martin Nesbit, DEFRA’s director of EU and International Agriculture (see panel). “The Arable Conference at Cereals has proved a popular draw with visitors since it was introduced in 2010,” says event organiser Jon Day. “This year is set to build on that – visitors will be able to listen to and air their views with 20 of farming’s best brains on four topics, rather than the two of the past. Once again it looks like being standing room only.”

Mike Gooding, chairman of the 2013 Oxford Farming Conference, says OFC is delighted to be teaming up with Cereals at a time when the industry faces such fascinating challenges.

“European and global markets perhaps have the greatest influence over our future prosperity. This year we have brought together four seminar sessions that examine some of the key issues that affect our industry’s ability to meet those market needs - the interaction between farming and the countryside, the enormous challenge of feeding a rapidly growing global population, where the next generation of industry leaders is coming from and looming CAP reform and how this will affect the arable sector.”

The Cereals Arable Conference is sponsored by the Crop Protection Association, HGCA and the RSPB. All sessions are free and will be chaired by Oxford Farming Conference directors.

Earlier in the day farm minister Jim Paice will field questions in an open forum on principal sponsor HSBC’s stand (I929). Subjects could include the controversial greening of the CAP, making UK arable farming more competitive, recent research spending announcements, or the importance of farming in Britain’s food security. Whatever the topic, visitors can expect a fascinating half hour, says Allan Wilkinson, head of agriculture at HSBC. “We are delighted to host this forum with the minister. Anyone attending Cereals is welcome to come along with their questions - it should be a most useful and revealing event.”

HSBC’s popular “Question Time” debate returns. Four expert panel members will answer questions and stimulate debate among the audience, starting at 1.30pm each day.

For More information on Cereals 2012, click here.

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