CIRCLING THE WORLD

Conference Overview

The 29th Commonwealth Agriculture Conference will focus on improving the interaction of circular economies and agriculture in sustainably overcoming the challenges that food production currently poses.

The Conference is being held in Norfolk, UK from 7th July to 9th July 2020 and aims to:

  • Look into key trends that are going to characterise agriculture and food production over the next 20 years;
  • Consider what is already happening in meeting sustainability goals using examples drawn from across the Commonwealth;
  • Develop an understanding of circular economies within agriculture and how it can be applied in developed and developing countries;
  • Enhance a better understanding how agricultural associations and show societies, working jointly and separately, can make an impact.

The Royal Agricultural Society Royal Norfolk

Pre-Conference Tour

30th June 2020 delegates will visit Sandringham – the much-loved personal estate of Her Majesty, The Queen. The day will include a tour of the house, grounds, the farming estate and the Queen’s private Stud.

 

1st July 2020 is a day spent in the picturesque county of Suffolk – famous for being the home of horseracing and the English landscape painter John Constable.  The tour includes visiting farming businesses, including Dingley Dell Pigs who produce welfare friendly pork, followed by lunch and a tour of the Suffolk Food Hall. The day will conclude with a visit to Sterling Tomatoes looking into the art and science of growing tomatoes on an industrial scale.

 

2nd July 2020 will be a full day at the Royal Norfolk Show, which will include lunch and VIP passes. The Show attracts around 85,000 people and contributes around £20 million to the local economy. Being one of just six Royal county shows in the country it is regularly attended by members of the Royal Family, most recently in 2019 by the Countess of Wessex, as President of the RNAA. Other Royal visitors in the past have included Her Majesty the Queen, HRH Prince Charles and HRH Prince Harry.

 

Showcasing the very best of the UK’s farming and agricultural industry, the show is the highlight of the Norfolk social calendar.  In 2020 livestock of all shapes, sizes, colours and breeds will be on display with a major highlight being the hosting of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society National Show.  The show rings will feature over 800 Beef and Dairy cattle in 21 breed sections, 170 pigs across 13 breeds, over 900 sheep from 18 different breeds and 70 Dairy goats over 9 breeds. Along with the breed classes each section features Market and Showmanship classes.  There will also be over 200 equestrian classes featuring world class exhibitors and horses from around the UK, including horses from Her Majesty the Queen’s stables.  That’s on top of breath-taking outdoor displays, military bands, fine food and drink, live music, the latest in farming technology and much, much more.

 

3rd July 2020 will consist of a morning at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) facilities in the famous university city of Cambridge.  Famous for being a major international centre for plant science, crop evaluation and agronomy, the NIAB will provide a fascinating insight into their crucial work it undertakes in promoting agriculture and horticulture.

Wednesday 1 July
Thursday 2 July
Friday 3 July

Wednesday 1 July

TIME
SESSION
10:00
Dingley Dell Pigs
Suffolk
13:00
Suffolk Food Hall
Suffolk
14:30
Sterling Suffolk Tomatoes
Suffolk

Thursday 2 July

TIME
SESSION
09:00
Royal Norfolk Show
Norfolk Showground

Friday 3 July

TIME
SESSION
09:00
NIAB
Cambridge
14:00
G's Fresh
Cambridge

Sandringham Estate

 

4th July 2020 serves as a day of rest for Conference delegates, particularly for those attending the Next Generation and CEO sessions of the Conference which begin on Sunday 5th July. However, we will be offering additional activities for delegates to enjoy such as a trip to the Shadwell Estate, or a jaunt along the Norfolk Broads (a superb web of networks and lakes). Alternatively, delegates can plan their activities themselves, enjoying a trip out to the city or attending a UEA public open day, which will see this conference venue open itself to the public, with tours across the vast campus.

Should you wish to explore the local area, you can book taxis through our taxi/private hire partner Enterprise, on the number below or online by using their app which can be downloaded here for Android and here for Apple devices.”, “Contact Enterprise taxis by phone on: +44 (0) 1603 86 87 88.

The Stunning Norfolk Broads!

 

 

Next Generation and CEO Conference Sessions

The Next Generation and CEO Conferences begin on Sunday 5th July 2020 and conclude on Monday 6th. Delegates attending the Next Gen Conference must be 40 years of age or younger. For more information, check out the Next Generation page here.

The CEO conference is also an opportunity for CEOs and those in similar positions to meet and share their experiences with one another, with the aim of identifying the direction of agricultural associations and what CEOs can be doing to benefit from the future.

There will be an opportunity for Next Gen and CEO delegates to merge, allowing new opinions and different perspectives to be understood, how can we all work together regardless of our job title. This shared session was greatly received in Edmonton 2018, and

Delegates are also eligible to attend the Next Gen and CEO dinners respectively these being held on Sunday 5th July.

Monday 6 July
Sunday 5 July

Monday 6 July

TIME
NEXT GENERATION SESSION
CEO SESSION
09:00
Recap
UEA
09:10
TBC
UEA
TBC
UEA
10:30
Coffee/Tea Break
TBC
11:00
TBC
UEA
TBC
UEA
12:30
Buffet Lunch
13:30
Joint Session NG & CEO
UEA
15:00
Coffee/Tea Break
15:30
Conclusion and review of the Joint Session
UEA
18:30
Opening Reception
Norwich Cathedral

Sunday 5 July

TIME
NEXT GENERATION SESSION
CEO SESSION
09:00
Welcome and Introductions
UEA
09:10
TBC
UEA
TBC
UEA
10:30
Coffee/Tea Break
TBC
11:00
TBC
UEA
TBC
UEA
12:30
Buffet Lunch
TBC
13:30
TBC
UEA
TBC
UEA
15:00
Coffee/Tea Break
TBC
15:30
TBC
UEA
UEA
TBC
19:00
NG Dinner
TBC
CEO Dinner
TBC

Next Generation Delegates 2018

Main Conference

There is an opening evening reception on Monday 6th July 2020 with the main conference beginning on Tuesday 7th July for three days. This will include key speakers, plenary and concurrent breakout sessions for all delegates. As part of this, delegates will also visit the thriving 25,000 acre Holkham Hall Estate for the afternoon of Wednesday 8th July 2020. The Estate not only has historic agricultural significance but has also been at the forefront of modern farming and conservation practices. There will be private guided tours of Holkham Hall, and access to the Walled Garden and Field to Fork Exhibition, as well as a tour of the farm.

Thursday 9th July is the final day of the Conference, there will be a concluding session considering what delegates will have looked at, and how we can engage with society as a whole, promoting a sustainable circular lifestyle.

There will also be a Gala Dinner held at the award-winning Norfolk Showground Arena, Norfolk’s Premier indoor arena! Fine food, drink and company will be offered, to celebrate the work of RASC and delegates in promoting agriculture and sustainability throughout their societies.

 

Tuesday 7 July
Wednesday 8 July
Thursday 9 July

Tuesday 7 July

TIME
MAIN CONFERENCE
09:00
Opening presentations by Lord Vestey, Sir Nicholas Bacon, HRH Princess Royal & Baroness Patricia J Scotland of Asthal/ Opening Keynote Speaker
UEA
13:00
Buffet Lunch
14:00
Concurrent Sessions
UEA
19:00
Free/Self Hosted Dinners

Wednesday 8 July

TIME
MAIN CONFERENCE
09:00
Keynote Speaker & Concurrent Session/s
UEA
14:00
Holkham Hall Estate Visit
Norfolk

Thursday 9 July

TIME
MAIN CONFERENCE
09:00
Concurrent Sessions & Closing Keynote Speaker
UEA
13:00
Buffet Lunch
TBC
14:00
NG Report & Conference Summary/31st Conference Presentation
UEA
19:00
Gala Dinner
Norfolk Showground Arena

Holkham Estate

Post Conference Tour

Following the Main Conference, on Friday 10th July delegates will visit the World’s largest beet to sugar production plant, Wissington Sugar Beet Factory, also the English Whisky Company distillery housed in Norfolk to benefit from the easy access to barley and water, two crucial ingredients in the production of whisky.

Saturday 11th July will involve a tour of Waveney Valley, including a trip to Whartons Nurseries, a supplier of over 400 different species of Roses for the UK markets, Stark Naked Herbs and Fen Farm Dairy who currently oversee the entire production of their Baron Bigod cheese, and use vending machines to supply their fresh milk, which is no older than 48 hours. The benefit of this process is that food mileage is significantly shortened.

Friday 10 July
Saturday 11 July

Friday 10 July

TIME
SESSION
09:00
Wissington Sugar Beet Factory
16:45
The English Whisky Company
Norfolk
19:00

Saturday 11 July

TIME
SESSION
09:00
Waveney Valley Tour
Suffolk
19:00
TBC

Aerial shot of Wissington factory

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