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 uniquely New Zealand pathway to sustainable prosperity
  • Understanding the global context and where the New Zealand food and fibre sector sits within it
  • 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
  • The link between Taiao and global consumers – leveraging what is right to deliver value and create high value export businesses
  • Dealing with the hard stuff: Tackling water and carbon
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
  • Assessing the impact of disrupted global supply chains caused by Covid 19 on New Zealand’s primary industries and the wider economy
  • What is NZ’s place in the developing global food system?
  • Exploring the increasing importance of food security in ongoing agricultural trade agreements
  • Understanding the growing opportunities in India and Africa and other developing markets
Vangelis Vitalis, Chief Trade Negotiator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Morning break
Getting to know the conscious consumer
  • What is driving global food and drink trends?
  • Why are consumers paying more attention to where their food is from and how it is made?
  • Who are conscious consumers, or “consumers who care,” today? Who could they be in the future?
  • What are the priorities of conscious consumers?
  • What are some products and brands that best target “consumers who care”?
  • What could be coming next?
  • 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 secure market access and respond to 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
  • Adapting to new markets - Shifting from supplying bulk commodities to creating high value niche products for specific markets
  • How can we effectively target the 50% of new consumers that will come from developing markets?
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
Nadine Tunley, Chief Executive Officer, Oha Honey Limited Partnership
Bruce Cameron, Chair, Zespri International Ltd
Lunch break
Investing in the future
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
Toni Brendish, Chief Executive Officer, Westland Dairy Company Ltd

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

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?
  • 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
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 Chairs
Terry Copeland, Chief Executive, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
Mavis Mullins, Chair, Atihau Whanganui Inc
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)
Lunch break
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)
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, 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?
Professor 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
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
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