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The 2015 NZARES event and AGM will be held on Friday 28 August in Wellington
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The 2014 annual NZARES Conference "Farming to Changing Expectations" was held on 28-29 August 2014
Earl Rattray (past and founding Director of Fonterra) talked about how the supply chain responds to changing expectations and demand patterns. He noted that brands often encapsulate a variety of consumer expectations but they are expensive to maintain. In the food industry regulation is your friend – it helps support integrity in the supply chain.
Dr Wendy Umberger from the Global Food Studies Programme (University of Adelaide) noted that demand for ‘credence attributes’ is strong in high income segments in countries like China and Indonesia. However, the integrity of some claims made is questionable and consumers are confused and conflicted across the world. As income and consumption grow the diet is not necessarily getting heathier. The challenge is to go beyond environmental sustainability and include social responsibility aspects i.e. improving nutrition.
Julian Raine – President Horticulture NZ as well as dairy farmer and fruit, berry and hops grower – discussed the importance of traceability – and how industries can be vulnerable to breakdowns from further up in the supply chain (e.g. supermarket end). Attributes people look for in food are varied and changing.
Rod Forbes, a founding member of NZARES, reflected on 45 years working on agricultural economics, noting in particular the changes computing has made to productivity. At the AGM on Thursday evening, Rod was made Life Member of NZARES – congratulations!
It was a lovely atmosphere at Jellyfish for dinner. Craige Mackenzie, Supreme Balance Farm Environment Award Winner for 2013 gave a fascinating overview of his operations in Methven, Canterbury. He talked about the importance of information in their precision arable cropping operation as well as communication with staff and the involvement of family.
A great variety of contributed papers were presented – including regional focussed work, as well as profitability, ecosystem services, farm management, choice modelling, biosecurity, to trade and international issues.
Contributed papers are now available on the AgEcon website.
Congratulations to Dr Jonathon Moss for the Best Paper prize for his work on farm-scale analysis of the potential uptake of carbon offset activities. A double congrats as he is also Heading East award winner for 2014 – well done! Jonathon was visiting from the University of New England, Armidale, NSW.
Conference papers are here.
NZARES would like to thank gold sponsor: