Northern Ireland Agri-business Conference

Friday 8th March 2019 · Craigavon Civic Centre

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Beyond Brexit

The AgendaNi Northern Ireland Agribusiness Conference 2019 has been specifically scheduled to provide those with a strong interest in the future prospects for farming in Northern Ireland with a unique opportunity to gauge the prospects for the sector moving forward.

A panel of high-profile speakers and respected industry analysts has been gathered to provide their views on the challenges and opportunities that will confront the industry in the post-Brexit era.

Agriculture will be the sector of Northern Ireland’s economy most impacted by Brexit. Currently between 70% and 80% of the annual income generated by farmers in this part of the world is generated courtesy of the Single Farm Payment through the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Once we leave the EU, the CAP will have no bearing on farmers in Northern Ireland. What will replace the CAP and how well will this new support system be funded?

This is only a very small part of the conundrum that will confront agriculture in Northern Ireland as it looks to the future. How will the future budget be shared out among the various regions of the UK? Northern Ireland will have to fight its corner when it comes to securing finance.

The recent UK Agriculture Bill focuses on improving soil and water quality, enhancing biodiversity and putting conservation measures front and centre. Will these principles resonate with farmers in Northern Ireland?

Agriculture in Northern Ireland will also be at the heart of the trade dimension to Brexit. Currently over one billion litres of milk are sent south for processing each year. Add to this the millions of livestock crossing the border each year. How will Brexit impact on these trading practices that have a direct bearing on agribusiness?

Join us for what promises to be a tremendously insightful event as agriculture in Northern Ireland shapes up to go ‘Beyond Brexit’.


2019 discussion topics

✔ Brexit and future agricultural policy
✔ Rural proofing Northern Ireland
✔ Research and development
✔ The Food Heartland
✔ Challenges facing the dairy industry
✔ Farm quality assurance
✔ Agriculture, environment and conservation

Food Heartland Forum

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has identified the agri-food sector as one of its priority growth sectors and has established The Food Heartland Forum – a network of people from all parts of the sector who work together to drive the sector forward. The Forum is developing the sector by highlighting the importance of food and drink competitions and awards, as well as encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship within the agri-food industry throughout the borough.

Confirmed Speakers

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

There are a number of available sponsorship and exhibition opportunities at this conference. Sponsorship of this event is an excellent way for organisations to raise their profile with a key audience of senior decision-makers from across the agri-food sector in Northern Ireland. The event also offers a limited number of high quality exhibition opportunities which will be of interest to companies and organisations with products or services they wish to promote to this key audience. For further information on how your organisation can benefit, contact Claire Speers on +44 (0) 28 9261 9933 or email


Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre
Lakeview Road, Craigavon, BT64 1AL