Conference Programme


Conference chair: Richard Halleron, Agricultural Journalist


Welcome from Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Julie Flaherty and Eoin Donnelly, Agribusiness Manager, First Trust Bank


Overview: Agriculture and food in Northern Ireland
Richard Halleron,
Agricultural Journalist

The farming perspective from Scotland
Scott Walker,
Chief Executive, NFU Scotland

Rural proofing Northern Ireland
Professor Sally Shortall,
Duke of Northumberland Chair of Rural Economy, Newcastle University

The Food Heartland: Promoting the local agri-food sector
Olga Murtagh,
Strategic Director of Place, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Brexit: Potential challenges for agricultural governance across the UK
Dr Mary Dobbs,
Agricultural Law Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast

Questions & answers / Panel discussion
Morning coffee / exhibition viewing
Research and development: Looking to the future
Dr Elizabeth Magowan,
Director of Sustainable Agri-Food Sciences Division, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

Farm quality assurance in Northern Ireland
Ian Stevenson,
Chief Executive, Livestock and Meat Commission Northern Ireland

Future opportunities for the dairy industry
Nick Whelan,
Chief Executive, Dale Farm

Agriculture: The environment and conservation
John Martin,
Chair of the Sustainable Land Use Sub Group Nature Matters NI

Questions & answers / Panel discussion
Conference networking lunch and exhibition viewing
Brexit Supports InterTradeIreland for small agri-food businesses
Deirdre Maguire,
Brexit Support Manager, InterTradeIreland
Panel: How do we survive as an all-island food industry after Brexit?

Declan Billington, Chief Executive, John Thompson & Son Ltd
Conall Donnelly, Director, Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association
Mike Johnston, Chief Executive, Dairy Council for Northern Ireland
Angus Wilson, CEO, Wilson’s Country