2020 Agenda

For information about the 2020 agenda please contact John Mercer johnm@conferenz.co.nz
Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Opening keynote: Fit for a Better World – A uniquely New Zealand pathway to sustainable prosperity
  • The Global context
  • The New Zealand Food and Fibre Sector
  • Taiao – A uniquely New Zealand way of thinking and acting
  • vision, ambition and goals for the primary industries
  • Sustainable value:
    • Optimising the productive potential of catchments, resilience and farming within safe environmental limits
    • The link between Taiao and global consumers – leveraging what is right to deliver value
    • Developing high value export businesses
  • What do we have to be excellent at:
    • Dealing with the hard stuff: Water and Carbon
    • Regional approaches to optimising land use and supporting our businesses to grow
    • Aligning capability
Food and Fibre Aotearoa – Implementing the Vision of the Primary Sector Council
Trade, markets and consumers
Trade environment, global exports and view from the markets
  • Analysing the threats and business risks in the current global trading environment:
    • Brexit and the EU
    • Trump and global trade wars
    • The future of the WTO
  • What is NZ’s place in the developing global food system?
  • Exploring the increasing importance of food security in ongoing agricultural trade agreements
  • Assessing the current trade and export situation with China
  • Understanding the growing opportunities in India and Africa
Vangelis Vitalis, Chief Trade Negotiator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Morning break
Prime Ministerial Address
Understanding and responding to the needs of global consumers
  • Recognising that “global consumers that care” are driving changes in land use around the world
  • What are the mega-trends and changing demographics that are driving global consumers?
  • Understanding the demands of the global discerning customer and developing products that meet their needs
    • What do these consumers care about?
    • What are the attributes of the food that they want?
    • What can we grow sustainably that matches that?
    • What food products can we create?
  • Positioning the NZ primary industries and leveraging this opportunity to market our products to the world
  • Adapting to new markets - Shifting from supplying bulk commodities to creating high value niche products for specific markets
Jenny Zegler, Associate Director of Mintel Food and Drink, Mintel (USA)
Panel discussion: How can the New Zealand primary sector secure market access and respond the demands of consumers in different markets?
  • Maximising the opportunity to leverage sustainability as a competitive edge and brand value for New Zealand exports
  • How can we make the most of our New Zealandness in everything we do?
  • Understanding that it’s not what we grow but how we grow it and the story behind it
  • Using farm data to tell an authentic and evidence-based provenance story
  • How can we effectively target the 50% of new consumers that will come from developing markets?
  • Exploring developing consumer demographics and potential demand for NZ products in:
    • China
    • India
    • Africa
Bruce Cameron, Chair, Zespri International Limited
Andre Gargiulo, Chief Customer Officer, Sanford
Dr Roger Harker, Principal Scientist; Science Group Leader - Consumer & Product Insights, The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited
Patrick Materman, Global Winemaker, Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Rhys Griffiths, Market Manager – Asia, Deer Industry NZ
Scottie Chapman, CEO, Spring Sheep
Nadine Tunley, Chief Executive Officer, Oha Honey Limited Partnership
Lunch break
Investing in the future
Case study: Investing in New Zealand agriculture
  • Understanding the reasons why the New Zealand primary industries represent a valuable opportunity to offshore investors
  • Westland Milk and Yili - Creating a dairy bridge crossing the Pacific Ocean
  • Investing in the future health of New Zealand dairy farming
  • Market delivery models – is the co-op still a legitimate model for the future?
Shi Qing Jian, Resident Director, Westland Dairy Company Ltd and Oceania Dairy Ltd
Toni Brendish, Chief Executive Officer, Westland Dairy Company Ltd
Richard Hickson, General Manager, Oceania Dairy Ltd
Panel discussion: Securing the funding required to invest in transitioning to the future
  • Investing in adaptation – where can producers access the funding they need to make the changes they need to make?
  • Investigating strategies to add liquidity back into the farming system
  • What does non-bank lending for the primary sector look like?
  • Achieving democratization of investment and capital for the primary sector
  • Does the Fintech sector have anything to offer agribusiness?
  • Analysing the global capital investors currently driving radical transformation in food and agriculture systems
  • Exploring the opportunities for new direct to consumer and subscription business models to allow farmers to access revenue in new ways
James Beale, Chief Executive Officer, Oriens Capital
Glen Herud, Chief Executive, Happy Cow Milk Company
Afternoon break
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
Political debate

In election year, we assemble representatives of all the key political parties. Providing them with a platform to share their visions for the primary industries, but most of all, giving delegates a chance to ask them what they would do to make a difference.

Summary remarks from the Chair followed by Networking Drinks and Awards Dinner
Welcome back from the Chair
Achieving sustainable land use
Understanding the complex science behind agricultural greenhouse emissions
  • Exploring the complex relationships between human action, animal digestion, food production, and atmospheric chemistry to get to the truth to 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 C02 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?
Quickfire session: Identifying practical actions to address agricultural emissions
  • Milestones towards the implementation of farm-level pricing of climate change emissions for the agriculture sector by 2025 – how to understand your emissions at the farm level
  • Creating collaborations between industry, science and technology to develop solutions to primary sector emissions
  • Reviewing the emissions profiles of the various segments of the primary industries – are there transferable solutions
  • Developing the skills and assessing potential technologies to measure and manage their on-farm emissions
  • Can we realistically anticipate a technological silver bullet to tackle methane emissions?
  • Assessing the real value of offsetting and carbon sequestration through forestry
  • Quantifying New Zealand’s soil carbon stocks
  • Developing the capability to map methane emissions via satellite
  • Exploring the renewable energy and battery technologies that will enable to the sector to reduce emissions
  • Using tools for environmental planning and emissions adaptation and to provide the transparency and evidence of on farm practice required to leverage sustainability as a competitive advantage in export markets
  • Assessing the potential for genetic technologies create a viable solution to tackle methane production in ruminants
Dr Harry Clark, Director, New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre and Climate Change Commissioner
Dr Paul Mudge, Acting Portfolio Leader, Climate Change & Adaptation and Mitigation, Landcare Research
Caroline Read, Chief Executive, Overseer Limited
Rachel Depree, Head of Sustainability, Zespri International Limited
Morning break
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:
  • Plant based meats
  • Plant based milks
  • Lab grown meat and milks
  • Cellular meats
  • 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
Ron Salpeter, CEO, Hinoman (Israel)
Dr Jocelyn Eason, GM Science Food Innovation, The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research
Shama Sukul Lee, Founder & CEO, Sunfed Foods
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 – is there a role for NZ to lead in the development of standards and certifications
  • Strategies for improving the bio-diversity on NZ farms
Hamish Bielski, South Otago Regenerative Farmer
Dr Christine Jones, Internationally Renowned Soil Scientist and Ecologist (Australia)
Lunch break
Adapting to the future
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 adaptations
    • Climate adaptations
    • Emissions adaptations
    • 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?
Barry Scott, Professor of Molecular Genetics, School of Fundamental Sciences & Massey University
What is the meaning of social license for the primary industries?
  • What does social license to operate really mean and why is it so important?
  • Recognising that now is the time for action and delivering investment in the adaptations that will allow us to retain the support of the consumers we serve
  • Understanding the role of sector leaders in telling a powerful story which demonstrates how New Zealand producers are Kaitiaki and stewards of the land they farm
  • What is the truth around how people view farming – reconciling contradictory evidence around perceptions of agriculture
  • Bridging the divides - farmers vs government, rural vs urban, farmers vs farmers
Professor Hugh Campbell, Chair of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender & Social Work & University of Otago
Closing keynote: Leading in challenging times
  • Delivering authentic leadership through change and transition
  • Building the resilience you and your organisation need to cope with constant change and adapt to changing situations
  • Remaining clear and consistent in times of crisis
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
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