Farming for Change Expo

Wednesday 16 October, 2019 from 10am to 3pm
Whanganui War Memorial Centre, Watt Street, Whanganui


This is your chance to hear from a range of speakers who have diversified their land use and made changes to their farming business. See the full schedule of speakers below:

9am: Registrations open – tea/coffee available

10am: Opening welcome by local iwi

10.15: Housekeeping and outline of the day by MC Gary Massicks

10.18: Comment from Whanganui and Partners – Strategic Lead Agribusiness – Colleen Sheldon

Theme 1: What is my customer/end user wanting in the next 20 years:

10.20am: Setting the scene: The changing political landscape and agriculture – Geoff Lewis, Lewis Farms

  1. 10.40am: Horticulture – Hew Dalrymple – Waitatapia Farms – changing customer focus and meeting demand
    1. 10.55am: Medicinal Plants and Herbs – Everdien Everton – Hira Labs – natural products that people want
    1. 11.10am: Forestry – Richard Thompson, MacBlack – the future and value of growing sustainable woodlots
    1. 11.25am: Red Meat – Gerard Hickey – First Light – future opportunities for red meat

11.40am: PANEL DISCUSSIONtake questions from the floor

12.00pm: Karakia for LUNCH, break and networking

Theme 2: How do I set my farm up for success in the next 20 years:

12.40pm: Setting the scene: Succession planning – Bob Selden, Family Business Central

  1. 1.00pm: Business diversification – Lyn Neeson – ShearWarmth – how our blanket is wrapping the world
    1. 1.15pm: Agri-Tech – James Stewart – Rural Innovation Lab – how might technology deliver efficiency gains in the rural sector
    1. 1.30pm: Workforce training – Sammy Bills – NZ Young Farmers – the opportunities young people bring to your farming business
    1. 1.45pm: Maori agribusiness – Lisa Warbrick – growing a Maori collective advantage
    1. 2.00pm: Future Thinking – Rob Davison  – Beef & Lamb NZ – Farms, Forestry and Carbon Credits

2.15pm: PANEL DISCUSSIONtake questions from the floor

2.35pm: Crossing the bridge – Gary Massicks – BakerAg – what does our social licence to farm look like?

2.55pm: Closing of expo by local iwi

3.05pm: NETWORKING and Afternoon tea


Entry is $10, cash only. Lunch is included and parking is free on the forecourt of the War Memorial Centre.