Conference Programme


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

Morning coffee / exhibition viewing
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

Conference networking lunch, exhibition viewing and conference close