2020 Agenda

For information about the 2020 agenda please contact John Mercer [email protected]
Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chairs
Terry Copeland, Chief Executive, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
Mavis Mullins, Chair, Atihau Whanganui Inc
Opening keynote: Fit for a Better World – A roadmap to achieving a productive, sustainable and inclusive economic recovery
  • Exploring the resilience of the New Zealand primary industries – what has been the impact of COVID-19 been on the sector?
  • Positioning for recovery – a vision for how innovation and transformation in New Zealand’s primary industries can act to stimulate economic recovery
  • Characterising a productive, sustainable and inclusive recovery for the sector that supports jobs and exports 
  • Taiao – a uniquely New Zealand way of thinking and acting that informs our vision, ambition and goals for the primary industries
  • Sustainable value: Optimising the productive potential of catchments, resilience and farming within safe environmental limits
Lain Jager, Chairman of the Establishment Leadership Group, Food and Fibre Aoteroa
Trade, markets and consumers
Analysing the challenges in current global trade and export markets
  • Understanding the rapidly changing situation in global trade as the world recovers from the impact of COVID-19 - what does this means for the New Zealand food and fibre sector?
  • Analysing the challenges to globalised supply chains that have been highlighted by COVID-19
  • What are the signals from the global marketplace around prices?
  • Exploring the increasing importance of food security in ongoing agricultural trade agreements
  • Outlining the range of support available to exporters to sell with confidence
  • Solutions to overcome challenges to freight and export logistics
Vangelis Vitalis, Chief Trade Negotiator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Morning break
Understanding and predicting the future of high value global food and drink markets
  • How is COVID-19 changing global mega-trends in the food and drink sector and what are the new trends that it will drive
  • Who are conscious consumers, or “consumers who care,” today? Who could they be in the future?
  • Will conscious consumption and high value food and drink positioning remain viable in the context of global pandemic recovery and economic turmoil
  • Why are consumers paying more attention to where their food is from and how it is made?
  • What are the priorities of conscious consumers?
  • What are some products and brands that best target “consumers who care”?
  • Placing the consumer at the centre of your planning
  • How can NZ primary industries connect with consumers who care?
Jenny Zegler, Associate Director of Mintel Food and Drink, Mintel (USA)
Panel discussion: How can the New Zealand primary sector respond the demands of consumers in a rapidly changing market?
  • Leveraging the “Halo Effect” - is there an opportunity for the NZ Primary Industries and how can we best position ourselves for this?
  • Maximising the opportunity to leverage sustainability as a competitive edge and brand value for New Zealand exports
  • How can we use COVID-19 as an opportunity to accelerate the shift from volume to value?
  • Will conscious consumption and high value food and drink positioning remain viable in the context of global pandemic recovery and economic turmoil?
  • How should businesses be tailoring their business models in response to changed demand?
  • Realising the opportunities for NZ producers in online selling and the digital marketplace
  • Understanding that it’s not what we grow but how we grow it and the story behind it
  • How to tell an authentic and evidence-based provenance story that resonates with consumers
Andre Gargiulo, Chief Customer Officer, Sanford
Rebecca Smith, Director, New Zealand Story
Patrick Materman, Global Winemaker, Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Rhys Griffiths, Market Manager – Asia, Deer Industry NZ
Scottie Chapman, CEO, Spring Sheep
Bruce Cameron, Chair, Zespri International Ltd
Lunch break
Investing in the future of the primary sector
Case studies: Investing in New Zealand agriculture - why the New Zealand primary industries continue to represent a valuable opportunity to offshore investors

1) Westland Milk and Yili - Creating a dairy bridge crossing the Pacific Ocean

2) T&G Global and BayWa Group – achieving effective vertical integration to maximise opportunities across global markets
Gareth Edgecombe, Chief Executive Officer, T&G Global

Delivering the Agritech Industry Transformation Plan
  • What is the scale of the opportunity available to NZ Agritech – analysing the megatrends in global Agritech
  • Why are we not performing as well as similar nations?
  • Developing and implementing an evidence-based action plan to overcome the obstacles and constraints we face
  • Working to develop a viable Agritech ecosystem in New Zealand
David Downs, General Manager and Agritech Task Force Lead, Ministry for Business & Innovation and Employment
Afternoon break
Panel discussion: How "coopetition" can support the primary industries and the "Fit for a Better World Strategy."
Summary remarks from the Chairs & Networking Drinks
Welcome back from the Chairs
Terry Copeland, Chief Executive, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
Mavis Mullins, Chair, Atihau Whanganui Inc
Prime Ministerial Address - the crucial role of the primary industries in supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery
Achieving sustainable land use
International keynote: Exploring the protein transition – how to sustainability feed global populations
  • To ensure food security, food safety and sustainability - what is the evidence that a transition from animal protein–based diets towards plant-based protein diets is required?
  • Exploring how animal products are positioned in the transition
  • Analysing the importance of both meat and dairy proteins in human diets
Dr Wouter H. Hendriks, Chair of Animal Nutrition - Department of Animal Science, Wageningen University (Netherlands)
Understanding the complex science behind agricultural greenhouse emissions
  • Getting to the truth about the scale of livestock farming’s contribution to greenhouse emissions
  • Analysing the science behind methane emissions
  • Moving the dialogue beyond methane and livestock – what are the areas of CO2 emissions that agriculture needs to tackle
  • Will consuming less meat and dairy products help stop climate change?
  • How should New Zealand primary industries respond to tackle it emissions?
Morning break
Quickfire sessions: Identifying practical actions to address agricultural emissions

1) Milestones towards the implementation of farmlevel pricing of climate change emissions– how to understand your emissions at the farm level
Dr Harry Clark, Director, New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre and Climate Change Commissioner

2) Creating collaborations between industry, science and technology to develop solutions to primary sector emissions
Rachel Depree, Head of Sustainability, Zespri International Limited

3) Understanding the emissions profile of the diary sector and developing transferable solutions for use across the primary industries
Mat Cullen, GM Sustainable Dairying, Fonterra

4) Quantifying New Zealand’s soil carbon stocks
Dr Paul Mudge, Acting Portfolio Leader, Climate Change, Adaptation and Mitigation, Landcare Research

5) Using tools to provide the transparency and evidence of on farm practice required to leverage sustainability as a competitive advantage in export markets
Caroline Read, Chief Executive, Overseer Limited

Exploring the latest technology led food disruption trends
  • Examining the reasons for the growth in consumer interest in alternative proteins – what are the megatrends driving growth?
  • Exploring the spectrum of alternative protein products becoming available
  • Is this just a fad - how will the alternative protein market develop over the next 10 years?
  • What are the implications for livestock producers and others in the NZ primary industries – is this a threat or an opportunity?
  • The role of science in today’s food products - the case for health and nutrition
Yehuda Gur, VP Strategy, Hinoman (Israel)
Dr Jocelyn Eason, GM Science Food Innovation, The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research
Lunch break
Adapting to the future
What is regenerative agriculture and are we already doing it?
  • Designing modern regenerative production systems fit for a better world
  • Outlining the five core principles of regenerative agriculture
  • How applicable is regenerative agriculture in a NZ context?
  • Identifying actionable first steps on the regenerative journey
  • Utilising holistic management and planned grazing to increase carbon sequestration in soil
  • Creating a channel to earn price premiums for regeneratively farmed produce
  • Strategies for improving biodiversity on NZ farms
Hamish Bielski, South Otago Regenerative Farmer
Dr Christine Jones, Internationally Renowned Soil Scientist and Ecologist (Australia)
Can we farm without glyphosate?
  • Recognising the growing opposition to glyphosate use and the fact that residues can be found in food – why we need to communicate with the public
  • Why we owe it to consumers and future generations to constantly improve our management practices
  • Reducing residues by controlling preharvest weed control applications
  • Modelling glyphosate use within the New Zealand economy
Hamish Marr, Canterbury arable farmer and Nuffield New Zealand Farming Scholar
Exploring the opportunities presented by gene editing to enable sustainable farming
  • Recognising the potential of CRISPR-Cas9 to allow for precision editing of the genome and the value this might provide to the primary industries
  • Analysing the potential adaptation opportunities from gene editing technologies: Biosecurity, emissions reductions, predator and invasive species eradication
  • Is New Zealand’s regulatory framework still fit for purpose and or is it time to re-asses the future use of GE in New Zealand?
  • Understanding indigenous perspectives on genetic technologies
  • How does GE align with the values of the “consumers that care” who will form a key part of our future market – is it compatible with the brand values we wish to establish?
Prof. Barry Scott, Professor of Molecular Genetics, School of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
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