2022 Conference Date: 16th November 2022

We need to talk about food

The 2022 South of England Farming Conference will return to the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex on Wednesday 16th November at 7pm. As last years’ hybrid format was so popular, we have kept this as an in-person event, as well as livestreaming for those who cannot attend the showground.

The panel will be looking to discuss the question “Given everything, can we really produce nutritious, sustainable food, that we can all afford?”


The chair will be Charlotte Smith,and the speakers:

Judith Batchelar (Ex Brand Director at Sainsburys)

Tom Gribble (Local Arable/Dairy Farmers and trustee of the Society)


Henry Dimbleby (National Food Strategy)


Last Year's Farming Conference 2021: The Role of Agriculture in Healing Society

Watch last year’s Farming Conference below:


The South of England Agricultural Society’s annual Farming Conference returned as an in-person event at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex on Wednesday 17th November 2021 and for the first time, was also available as a live stream for those who could not physically make it.

The topic for 2021’s conference was ‘The Role of Agriculture in Healing Society’, a subject very much related to the times we are all living in. Agriculture and those who work in this sector are in a unique position – not only do farmers and growers provide the food essential for our survival, they are also custodians of the natural environment that surrounds us. And this is an environment that is crucial in terms of mitigating climate change, feeding an ever more demanding population and in more general terms, improving our overall mental and physical wellbeing.

Conference Chair Anna Hill, of BBC Radio 4 Farming Today, was joined by guest panellists Barbara Bray MBE, Sir Charles Burrell, Dan Burdett, and Robin Hobson to to help navigate through this challenging and complex subject.

The Farming Conference is held by the South of England Agricultural Society as part of its charitable remit to fund and support agricultural education and countryside learning.

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