2021 Agenda

Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Terry Copeland, Chief Executive, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
Living with COVID-19 - mitigating the challenges and maximising the opportunities
  • Leveraging our enhanced global reputation to increase the value of New Zealand branded primary produce
  • Living the values of leadership, trust, safety and sustainability
  • Using COVID-19 as an opportunity to accelerate delivery of the Fit for a Better World strategy
  • Analysing the unfolding impact of COVID driven geopolitics on trade, exports and protectionism
  • Overcoming the challenges and managing the impacts of disrupted to global supply chains
  • Developing a co-ordinated pan sectoral response to managing the workforce challenges caused by border restrictions
Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture and Minister for Trade and Export Growth, Biosecurity & Land Information, and Rural Communities
Keynote Panel: Analysing the strategic shifts in innovation policy in the low-carbon era – setting new missions

The global economy is in the process of undergoing a rapid shift around the mission of decarbonisation. To succeed in this new era, New Zealand Inc and its primary industries need a new approach to mission oriented innovation on a major scale. This challenging session provides two hard hitting, evidence-based perspectives on this transition, followed by a panel discussion to identify the key action points for the primary sector.

  • Undertaking a diagnosis of the major shifts in the global (EU, UK, US) innovation policy space
  • Overview of current shifts and opportunities for NZ innovation policy
  • Unlocking innovation and economic potential through new mission-orientated policy between the state and the primary industries in the transition to a lower-carbon economy out to 2050
  • Exploring the capabilities needed to deliver this vision and allow the NZ economy and primary industries to maximise the opportunity available
  • What is the risk to our GDP if we fail to act convincingly on carbon and sustainability?
  • Trade, geopolitics and market access
  • Understanding the changing reality around international exports and trade negotiations – why sustainable land use is now becoming a core principle of trade?
Kieran Brown, Partner, Polis Consulting Group
Sharon Zollner, Chief Economist, ANZ
Facilitator: Karen Williams, National Vice President, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
Morning break
Investing in adaptation
  • Making the business case for primary sector investment in environmentally sustainable solutions 
  • Supporting the New Zealand primary industries to adapt and transition to a low carbon economy 
  • Exploring the sustainable financing options available to the primary industries
Dean Spicer, Head of Sustainable Finance, ANZ
Vicki McColl, CFO, Silver Fern Farms
Panel: Workforce capacity and capability in the primary sector
  • Strategic solutions to the current lack of access to seasonal labour
  • Is the current situation an opportunity for us to rethink our approach to labour within the primary sector?
  • Pioneering innovative approaches to education and training to increase the consistent and reliable supply of skilled workers required
  • How can we tackle the entrenched perception of agricultural jobs as low skilled, low status and low paid?
  • Showcasing technologies such as automation and robotics that can provide solutions to workforce challenges – what are the timescales over which these can deliver?
Nigel Philpott, Chief Executive, Primary ITO
Dr Michelle Glogau, Chief Executive, Primary Industry Capability Alliance
Cheyne Gillooly, Director Investment, Skills and Performance - Ministry of Primary Industries
Dr Armin Werner, Group Manager-Precision Agriculture, Lincoln Agritech
Alan Pollard, Chief Executive, New Zealand Apples and Pears
Prue Younger, Chief Executive Officer, Forest Industry Contractors Association
Facilitator: William Beetham, National Board Member, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
Lunch break
Building trust through technology
  • Providing transparency to consumers on ethical and environmental claims
  • Measuring, monitoring and reporting on the performance of businesses along the supply chain
  • Delivering a solution to authenticate provenance and sustainability credentials. provide traceability and support producer to tell their story to consumers
Chris Claridge, Chairman, Trust Alliance New Zealand & CEO & Potatoes New Zealand
Semanie Cato, Membership Services Director, Trust Alliance New Zealand
Jason Potts, Co-Director- Blockchain Innovation Hub, RMIT University
Facilitator: Andrew Hoggard, National President, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
Panel discussion: Understanding regenerative agriculture in a New Zealand context
  • Can we develop a workable definition of regenerative agriculture in a New Zealand context?
  • Do the claims made by advocates of regenerative agriculture stand up to scientific scrutiny – or is it an ideologically driven belief system?
  • Exploring the funding available through MPI's Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures co-investment fund
  • Developing a sound evidence base to test and confirm how regenerative agriculture works with New Zealand soils, climates, and farming systems and measure financial performance and other benefits
  • Understanding consumer perceptions of regenerative agriculture
Nick Beeby, General Manager Market Development, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd
Dr John Roche, Chief Science Adviser, Ministry for Primary Industries
Dr Gwen Grelet, Researcher - Land Use & Ecosystems, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
Facilitator: Chris Lewis, National Board Member, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
Afternoon break
Panel session: How Māori organisations and initiatives are enabling growth in the primary industries and supporting regional economies
  • Harnessing Māori innovation and entrepreneurship – identifying the opportunities for Māori businesses in the primary sector
  • Whenua Māori and opportunities on the horizon:
    • Bringing together Māori land assets to enable opportunities at scale
    • Blending productivity and sustainability
  • How can organisations work more collaboratively with Māori Primary Sector organisations?
  • Showcasing excellence from the Māori primary industries
  • From land to the sea – how Māori organisations see the future of primary industries
  • Identifying key opportunities for regional growth
Lisa te Heuheu, Te Mātārae (Chief Executive), Te Ohu Kaimoana
Will Burrett, General Manager, Ngai Tahu Farming
Dr Tanira Kingi, Research Leader in Primary Industry Systems, Scion
Hilton Collier, General Manager, Pakihiroa Farms Ltd
Facilitator: Dr Dione Payne, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Māori and Pasifika & Lincoln University
Paddock to plate and back to the paddock
  • Exploring the latest consumer food and drink trends – how can these inform your business and enable you to cater for developing consumer markets
  • Showcasing the best of New Zealand produce on a plate – how producers can work with chefs, hospitality and retailers to hero New Zealand ingredients
  • Telling the story of the food, the people that produced it and the land it came from to consumers
  • How can the primary sector better engage with the tourism sector and create food-related tourism products and experiences?
Steve Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Food Stuffs South Island
Sarah Meikle, Principal, Food + Drink New Zealand and Chief Executive and Festival Director & Wellington Culinary Events Trust
Summary remarks from the Chairs & Networking Drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
A roadmap to achieving sustainable land use
Opening address from the Ministry for Primary Industries
Ray Smith, Director General, Ministry for Primary Industries
Opening keynote: Analysing the Climate Change Commission’s advice
  • Exploring the detail within the Climate Change Commission’s recommendations – what are the requirements on farmers?
  • Delivering an economic analysis of the impact of environmental regulation on the NZ primary industries
  • Recognising that once size fits all approaches fail to take account of the diversity and complexity of NZ farming systems
  • Acknowledging the significant amount of work that has already been undertaken by many farmers and providing clear guidance on that next steps that don’t disadvantage early movers or deliver perverse incentives
  • Working to flip the mindset from compliance to one which sees opportunities
  • In the innovations and productivity gains that could accompany change
  • Ensuring that continuously improving farming practice and farming systems becomes a fundamental principle of farming
  • Identifying the crossovers opportunities that deliver multiple wins such riparian planting with native bush to enhance water quality, improve biodiversity and sequester carbon
  • Is there an opportunity for New Zealand to become the world’s first zero-carbon food system?
Professor Nicola Shadbolt, Commissioner, Climate Change Commission & Chair & Plant and Food Research
Professor of Farm & AgriBusiness Management, Massey University
He Waka Eke Noa: Delivering a roadmap, milestones and practical guidance to on farm reduction of emissions
  • Developing an industry led process to support farmers and growers to protect, restore and sustain our environment
  • Boosting the agriculture sector’s resilience to climate change
  • Building on existing frameworks and mechanisms to avoid creating additional burdens
  • Acknowledging the work that needs to be done but recognising the evidence that NZ Dairy farmers have the world’s lowest carbon footprint
  • Undertaking carbon foot printing - exploring the tools available to calculate emissions
  • Why knowing your number is more than an arbitrary exercise – how it can help you identify opportunities to improve efficiency and productivity
  • Analysing the Greenhouse Gas Guidance – how this can support you to create a plan
  • Create an alternative pricing mechanism for farms to the emissions trading scheme
Kelly Forster, Programme Director, He Waka Eke Noa
Morning break
Panel: Working together to improve the quality of New Zealand Freshwater
  • Setting the scene: How did we get here and what progress has been made in the last decade?
  • The NPS-FM 2020 - what does it mean for farms and businesses?
  • Te Mana o te Wai – what does it mean, why is it important, and how can we all work together to deliver our shared aspirations?
  • Winter grazing: Exploring how we can improve practices and the benefits for freshwater quality.
  • Challenges and opportunities for measuring and understanding our water footprint
  • Addressing the lack of capacity and capability to deliver freshwater planning in New Zealand
Nadeine Dommisse, Deputy Secretary Environment Sustainable Land Use Delivery, Ministry for the Environment
David Burger, Strategy and Investment Leader Responsible Dairy, Dairy NZ
Tim Davie, Director Science, Environment Canterbury
Phil Teal, Chief Executive, Wellington Fish and Game Council
Cam Henderson, North Canterbury dairy farmer
Facilitator: Chris Allen, National Board Member, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
Lunch break
Increasing transparency in animal welfare
  • Animal wellbeing within farm systems
  • Providing what animals want in our farm systems
  • Openness and transparency with regard to animal ethics
  • Using novel application of technology to observe and measure animal behaviour
Cheryl O’Connor, Science team Leader, Animal Welfare & Behaviour & AgResearch
Jim Webster, Animal Ethics Office Leader, AgResearch
Panel: Analysing the challenges and opportunities for the dairy sector
Richard Allen, Group Director Farm Source, Fonterra
Tim Winter, General Manager Strategic Projects, Tatua Cooperative Dairy Company
Wayne Langford, Diary Chair and National Board Member, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
Dr Tim Mackle, Chief Executive, DairyNZ
Afternoon break
Innovation and transformation in forestry
  • Clarifying the scale of the contribution that the forestry sector makes to the NZ economy and in employing New Zealanders
  • Transforming the forestry sector – investing in the processing capacity to add value to raw logs
  • Adding value to trees rather than just adding value to logs
  • What is the role of farm forestry in sequestration?
  • Is it realistic or affordable focus on indigenous forests – are there other permanent forest options?
  • Balancing natives and non-native species in New Zealand forestry – what are the pros and cons
  • Interweaving trees and forests into the landscape - exploring the support that the forestry sector can provide other primary sectors in the creation of mosaic forests
Phil Taylor, Managing Director-NZ Forestry, Port Blakely and President & Forest Owners Association
Changing climates, new crops, new opportunities and innovations
  • Modelling the impact of climate change and exploring what this means for the viability of existing crops in different regions
  • What does the evidence say about how best to increase the resilience of our production systems to climate impacts?
  • Exploring the opportunities for the introduction of new crops in new regions
  • Trailing the growing of peanuts in Northland
  • What opportunities does the developing medicinal cannabis industry present to the primary sector?
Alison Stewart, CEO, Foundation for Arable Research
Anne-Gaelle Ausseil, Researcher - Land Use & Ecosystems, Manaaki Whenua | Landcare Research & Deep South National Science Challenge
Pic Picot, Chief Executive, Pic's Peanut Butter
Dr Trevor Stuthridge, Research Director, AgResearch
Facilitator: Colin Hurst, Arable Group Chairperson & National Board Member, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
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