The 2018 week at a glance

New Zealand AgriFood Week is returning to Manawatu from March 12th to 17th 2018, with a series of more than ten events dedicated to developing, celebrating and showcasing the country’s food producing industries.

The week’s theme is Transforming Food Producers for the Future, and key note speakers across all events will focus on how individuals, companies and industries can position themselves to adapt and respond to current trends and grow.

Each event will touch upon a number of different elements across the food value chain. The Sheep Milk NZ Conference kicks off the week on Monday March 12th and will focus on embracing the potential of the niche industry; The NZ Future Farms Conference on Tuesday March 13th and Wednesday March 14th will explore topics including high-value farming options, diversification, and future market opportunities, with guest speakers from Landcorp, Zespri and Theland Farm Group. Massey University will also launch its new Agriculture Programme on March 14th, to showcase its new approach to agriculture and the environment.

Young, emerging and industry leaders will come together on Wednesday March 14th for Future Leaders to discuss how the primary industries needs to evolve to attract new talent, as well as nurture and develop the next generation of business and farming leaders. Participating leaders include ASB’s general manager of rural business Richard Hegan, New Zealand Young Grower of the Year 2017 Erin Atkinson and former Young Farmer of the Year, rural banker and current National MP for Waikato, Tim van de Molen. Spots are booking up fast, secure yours today.

Thursday 15th begins bright and early with the breakfast-time event ASB Perspective 2025, which will feature a panel of top female leaders in agribusiness discussing whether creativity is the core element for transforming our current and new food producers. The discussion will be chaired by well-known and respected farm enterprise specialist for agrifood at KPMG, Julia Jones. You can purchase a ticket for Perspective 2025 here. 

Central Districts Field Days also begins on Thursday 15th and runs through to Saturday 17th. On Thursday evening the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce will hold its AgriBusiness Networker with Performance Beef Breeders New Zealand, while leading environmental farmers will be recognised at the Ballance Farm Environment Awards evening for the Horizons Region.

Innovation and agtech on farms will be in the spotlight during the Microsoft AgTech Hackathon, which will be launched during Central Districts Field Days. And alongside all of these events, AgriFood Pathways will take secondary school students interested in a career in the primary industries to key food producers in Manawatu to give them a behind the scene glimpse and flavour of what working in this area entails and the broad array of career opportunities.

For foodies interested in trialing the tasty food the industry has to offer, the Plate of Origin competition runs from Saturday March 3rd for two weeks, so be sure to book in to one of the eight restaurants involved and taste the best of New Zealand’s food offerings.

Most events require registration or tickets, so be sure to visit each of the event pages so you don’t miss out.

New Zealand AgriFood Week is brought to you by the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA), in association with ASB.