Rural Business Conference 2017

Redefining Farming

28 November 2017 - Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster

The CLA’s second Rural Business Conference, titled Redefining Farming, will bring together rural businesses, policy makers and industry influencers at the heart of London.

Held at the QEII Centre in Westminster, this event will examine themes such as the future of land use, new ways of working and building a Brexit-ready farming sector.

                                                     Find the full programme for the day here

CLA Deputy President and Cambridgeshire farmer Tim Breitmeyer said: “Agriculture remains the main enterprise for the majority of land-based rural businesses and it is going through a period of dramatic change.

“This conference is the chance to hear from the people making decisions and to be inspired by some of the best UK farmers and rural business entrepreneurs in England and Wales.”

Members attending will get the chance to network and learn from their peers, see the latest business insight and innovation, and hear the latest updates on Government policy.

There will be a programme of CLA research and reports leading up to the conference. 

Tickets now sold out

Tickets for the Rural Business 2017 Conference are now sold out. To add your name to the waiting list in case any further tickets do become available, please email including your CLA membership number, contact details and the number of tickets requested.

To see what happened at last year's CLA Rural Business Conference, watch the short video below:

Innovation Day

The Redefining Farming Innovation Day, held on 12 September,  formed part of a series of events leading up to the CLA’s 2017 Rural Business Conference.

Presentations from the day are available here. 

Media information

If you are a member of the media and you are interested in hearing more or attending the CLA Rural Business Conference 2017, please contact CLA National Communications Manager Isobel Davidson on 020 7460 7934 or by email at

Partnership opportunities

The CLA Rural Business Conference 2017 is an unrivalled chance to engage with and influence our audience. If you would like to find out about the opportunities available to partner with us, please contact Lucy Wykes by emailing or by calling 020 7201 9525.