Conference Programme

 
0900

Conference chair: Richard Halleron, Agricultural Journalist

 
 

Welcome from Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, Alderman Gareth Wilson

 
 

Outlook for Northern Irish agriculture post Brexit
Richard Halleron,
Agricultural Journalist
 
 

The future economic direction of UK agriculture and food
Michael Haverty,
Senior Agricultural Economist, The Andersons Centre UK
 
 

Farming and growth in Northern Ireland
Wesley Aston,
Chief Executive, Ulster Farmers’ Union
 
 

The Food Heartland: Promoting the local agri-food sector
Roger Wilson,
Chief Executive, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
 
 

Panel: Outlook: Extending the recovery
 
 

Conall Donnelly, Director, Northern Ireland Meat Exporters’ Association
Nick Whelan, Chief Executive, Dale Farm
Robin Irvine, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association
James Speers, President, Young Farmers’ Club
Michele Shirlow, CEO, Food NI

 
 
1100
Morning coffee / exhibition viewing
 
 
1130
Interview: Addressing the challenges facing the dairy industry
Michael Hanley,
Chief Executive, Lakeland Dairies
 
 

Impacts of Alternative Post-Brexit Trade Agreements on UK Agriculture
Myles Patton,
Senior Agricultural Economist, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
 
 

Questions & answers / Panel discussion
 
 

Panel: The impact of Brexit: Challenges and opportunities
 
 

Ken Fletcher, Editor, The Scottish Farmer
William Irwin MLA, DUP
Declan McAleer MLA, Sinn Féin
Patsy McGlone MLA, SDLP
Robin Swann MLA, UUP
Joe Healy, President, Irish Farmers’ Association

 
 
1330
Conference networking lunch, exhibition viewing and conference close