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The 2014 annual NZARES Conference is "Farming to Changing Expectations"
28-29 August at the Tahuna Conference Centre in Nelson
This theme brings together the variety of changing expectations influencing farming – from local and international consumers to tourists and citizens in our local communities. The expectations on farmers span environmental issues, animal welfare, food safety, food quality, biosecurity, social and cultural matters. Business models are also changing with corporate, institutional and multinational governance models increasingly featuring in the farming landscape. Our reputation is vitally important for our economy; but with all this change, what does ‘reputation’ even mean?
- Earl Rattray will set the scene in the Robin Johnson Memorial Session with a talk on how the supply chain responds to changing expectations and demand patterns. Earl is a past Director of Fonterra, current Director of several other agricultural organisations, and a dairy farmer.
- The AARES session will feature Wendy Umberger, Director and Associate Professor of Global Food Studies at the University of Adelaide. Her talk will focus on changing consumer preferences for food globally.
- Julian Raine – President Horticulture NZ and fruit, berry and hops grower – will talk about changing expectations from the land managers’ point of view, capturing environmental elements, noise, smell, use of chemicals and so on. What are the practical implications of all this when running a business?
- Craige Mackenzie, Supreme Balance Farm Environment Award Winner for 2013 is our after dinner speaker. Craige farms an arable cropping property with wife Roz in Methven, Canterbury. Their focus is on precision agriculture.
- The Conference Dinner and President's Shout will be held Thursday 28 August at Jellyfish on the Mapua Wharf. Bus transport will be included in the dinner cost.
The plenary programme is here and the contributed paper programme will be available by the end of July.
Click here to register
. Earlybird registrations are available until 31 July.
The deadline for full papers is Wednesday 6 August if you want to be in the running for the Conference Paper Awards
NZARES would like to thank gold sponsor:
Pre-conference workshop on Water Economics
Funded by the Ministries for the Environment and Primary Industries, this workshop on Wednesday 27 August will cover economic frameworks and concepts involved in analysing water quality limits. Workshop sessions will cover; values, scenarios and impacts as well as links between economics and policy/ plan development. The workshop is intended to be practical in terms of applying economics in a real policy environment. While aimed at regional council staff, the workshop is open to all.
Workshop Agenda with speakers
The workshop is from 10.30am – 4.30pm at the Tahuna Conference Centre.
The conference returns to the familiar and relaxed surrounds of the Tahuna Holiday Park Conference Centre
. It is only a very short taxi ride from the airport.
Don't forget to book your own accommodation! A range of rooms and units are available on-site at the Holiday Park
. The Beachcomber Motor Inn
is a ten minute walk down the road – a block booking has been made so please make sure you mention the NZARES conference when booking your room.
The 59th AARES Conference will be hosted by NZARES in Rotorua from 11-13 February 2015
'Transformations in agriculture and natural resources'
The local NZARES organising committee - chaired by President, Matt Newman - are well into preparations for the conference. It is likely there will be a field trip and pre-conference workshops and/or special interest sessions on the 10th February, but these will be confirmed in due course.
Put the dates in your diary… more information will be available soon.