ASA Banquet and Conference 2017
The Future of Agri-food
The 2017 ASA Conference will take place on Friday 8th September in the Killashee Hotel, Naas. The highly anticipated annual event offers a platform for information exchange, networking and knowledge transfer among those working in the Irish agricultural and food sector.
The conference entitled ‘The Future of Agri-food’ is once again sponsored by FBD and will celebrate 75 years of the ASA. The day-long forum will explore the outlook for the industry in the wake of recent global events which are impacting the international trading environment.
The opening address will be delivered by European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan who will provide the European agricultural perspective in an Irish context. The conference will also hear from a number of leading international agri-food experts offering cross-sector experience on what the Irish agri-food industry needs to do to compete in an ever-changing global environment.
Insights on the international dairy industry will be offered by leaders of two of the world’s largest dairy companies, Frans Keurentjes, Chairman, Friesland Campina, and Jim Bergin, CEO Glanbia Ireland. Other confirmed speakers include Niall Browne, CEO, Dawn Meats and Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia who will address some of the opportunities and challenges facing the Irish food industry on both the domestic and the world market.
The day-long event will feature a number of engaging panel discussions and presentations touching on topics including the future for Global Trade, the new Europe in the wake of Brexit and Ireland’s ambitious targets as set out under Food Wise 2025 alongside a number of sector specific debates.
The full programme will be announced in the coming weeks.