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Agri-Tech Express with Lexington Communications – Why the UK should look again at the landscape for agri innovation

Tuesday 16th February 2021 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Creating a global leader in Agri-Tech: why the UK must look again at the landscape for agricultural innovation

Lexington Communications is the UK’s leading strategy and communications consultancy, with a team made up of ex-Government advisers, former journalists and policy communications experts.

In this one hour session, Lexington will provide their insights into the current policy landscape for Agri-Tech in the UK, and discuss what is driving government decision-making in relation to the sector. The event will also provide advice on how to communicate effectively with Government and the media, outline what you need to do to achieve policy change, and how you can build your contacts and reputation in Westminster.

The UK’s Agri-Tech sector has all of the ingredients to become world-leading – great farmers, fertile land, a flourishing R&D sector and a vibrant start-up culture. But is the political and regulatory landscape holding the sector back from achieving this status?

Our science and research base is exceptional. We are home to a number of organisations from start-ups to established companies investing in exciting innovations, from drones to autonomous vehicles to ways of making our crops more resilient. These technologies could be game-changers for our farmers and offer the potential to lead to real benefits for consumers as well.

However, in many cases, regulation trails behind the science. This is a problem in the context of the growing pressures on our farmers, including financial and climate concerns, while needing to produce enough food for a growing population. We need to ensure that farmers have access to as many supportive tools as possible to help them meet these challenges and remain globally competitive. Not to mention the economic opportunity – the creation of a globally successful agri-tech industry where the UK is the first choice for innovators to bring new ideas to market.

Following our departure from the EU, the Government has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to achieve this vision, and re-look at problematic regulation for the sector. The Agriculture Act has bought back significant powers from Brussels, but there is not yet clarity about how these powers will be used. With the Government recognising the value of R&D driven industries such as Agri-Tech and with cementing the UK as a ‘science superpower’ sitting at the heart of the Government’s post-Brexit economic policy, there is no better time than now to be making the case to Government for a more competitive regulatory landscape to unlock the sector’s potential.

We have already seen the Government begin to identify areas for regulatory change, opening a consultation on the regulation of genetic technologies. But what will the next steps be? Where else may the Government want to explore regulatory change for the benefit of the sector? What drives political decision making around regulatory change? How does an individual organisation make a case to Government?

In this event, will talk through the opportunities to influence the new landscape, what you need to do to achieve policy change, and how to build your contacts and reputation in Westminster.


Agri-Tech Express with Lexington Communications - Creating a global leader in Agri-Tech: why the UK should look again at the landscape for agricultural innovation

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February 16th, 2021 9:30 AM through 10:30 AM
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United Kingdom
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Tuesday 16th February 2021
9:30 am - 10:30 am
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United Kingdom