01 February, 2012
The Devon branch of the Women's Food and Farming
Union (WFU) is excited to host the organisation's national
conference this spring.
Rosemary Berry, chairman of the Devon group, described to the
Farmers Guardian how happy she and her team are to be organising
the event, which will take place at Bicton College from April 11th
"Devon WFU is extremely honoured to host this year's national
conference and delighted that so many distinguished speakers and
guests have already pledged their support for the event, including
our national patron Baroness Byford and president Helen Bower," she
The theme of this year's occasion is 'Food for Thought', with
food security due to be at the top of the agenda and several
experts lined up to speak to delegates.
Farming Monthly reported that the University of Exeter's
Professor Michael Winter, director of the school's Centre for Rural
Policy Research, is one of those scheduled to speak about the
Other speakers so far confirmed are chief veterinary officer for
Wales Dr Christianne Glossup, microbiologist Dr Marina Morgan, MEP
Richard Ashworth, Devon farmer Richard Haddock and local
cheesemaker Mary Quicke.
Among the other topics on the agenda are the Slow Food Movement,
fair trade and animal health, with the WFU hoping to see members as
well as non-members attending the event.