NIAB TAG Outlook Conference, Durham

Wed, 22/02/2017


Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham DH1 1TD

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

It is 32 years since the first fledgling steps of the North of England Arable Centre were taken and the first Outlook Conference took place. Wheat averaged 6.3 t/ha, and the price was linked to intervention buying from the European Union. Fast forward 30 years and we are staring at a whole brave new world. Is it opportunity or threat?

What will the next 30 years bring?

This year’s conference is our opportunity to take a look at where we are heading politically, scientifically and economically; a crystal ball for us all to gaze into! The event is open to everyone from across the farming sector, with topics ranging from the politics of farming to the mystery of soil health.


  • Sir Peter Kendall, Chairman of Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board 
  • Carl Hankinson, Royal Bank of Scotland Group
    The current economic state of the industry. Where will the Pound go? 
  • Jeremy Cole, Agricole
    Where next for the grain market and how to prosper  
  • Dr Elizabeth Stockdale, Newscastle University
    Soils – how can we look after them better?  
  • Dr Alastair Leake, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
    Intensive farming: good for business and the environment  
  • Patrick Stephenson, NIAB TAG
    Direct drilling, drones, robotics, precision farming or pie in the sky? What will happen in the next ten years? 

NIAB TAG Outlook Conference