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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?
We are pleased to announce the following speakers:
- Earl Rattray will set the scene 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.
- 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 returns to the familiar and relaxed surrounds of the Tahuna Holiday Park Conference Centre. But for a change of scene, your committee is working on an exciting new dinner location… !
The abstract submission page will go live in May, with abstracts due by the end of June. To be in the running for the Conference Paper Awards, full papers will need to be submitted by 1 August 2014.
Nominations are now open for the NZARES Post-Graduate Awards
There are up to three post-graduate awards available, worth $1,500 each. The awards are open to any graduate student with a study programme whose primary focus is: agriculture economics, natural resource economics, environmental economics, farm management, agricultural systems or agricultural extension. Nominees must be willing to give a paper at the NZARES conference during the course of their study. The deadline for nominations is Friday 9th May. Information on eligibility and selection is available here. Contact the Secretary for more information.
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.