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ASA Banquet and Conference 2017

The Future of Agri-food

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Conference Presentations

Opening Address – Commissioner Phil Hogan

Irish Beef – The Global Opportunity – Rowena Dwyer

Agri-Food Export Growth 2010-2016Brendan Gleeson

Dairy Outlook: An International PerspectiveJeroen Elfers



The Future of Agri-food
Conference Programme

8th September 2017 – Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare


Time Details
09:00 – 09:10



Mary Delaney, ASA President

09:10 – 10:00 Opening Address

Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

Chair: Mary Delaney, ASA President

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10:00 – 11:00 Global Trade: Navigating a Changing Environment

Ambassador Darci Vetter, Former Chief Agricultural Negotiator under the Obama administration and strategic consultant working on international trade, food and agriculture issues.

Zoltan Somogyi, Head of Unit in Trade, European Commission

Brendan Gleeson, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Chair: Damien O’Reilly, RTE Broadcaster

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11:00 – 11:30 Refreshment Break
11:30 – 12:30








Food Wise 2025: Achieving Ireland’s Agri-food Ambition

Keynote Address: Aidan O’Driscoll, Secretary General, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Panel Discussion:

Pat Dillon, Head of Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme, Teagasc

Joe Healy, President, Irish Farmers Association

Richard Kennedy, CEO, Devenish

Chair: Dr. Karina Pierce, University College Dublin

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12:30 – 13:00 Executive Chair

Jim Bergin, CEO & Director, Glanbia Ireland

Chair:  Eoin Lowry, Agribusiness Editor, Irish Farmers Journal

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13:00 – 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 15:15 Dairy Outlook: An International Perspective

Prof. Nicola Shadbolt, Director of Fonterra Cooperative, New Zealand and Professor of Farm & AgriBusiness Management, Massey University

Jeroen Elfers, Corporate Director Cooperative Affairs, Friesland Campina

Chair – Joe Gill, Director, Goodbody Capital Markets

15:15 – 16:15


Irish Beef: The Global Opportunity

Tara McCarthy, Chief Executive, Bord Bia

Niall Browne, Chief Executive, Dawn Meats

Rowena Dwyer, Chief Economist, Irish Farmers Association

Chair – Maeve Dineen, Corporate Communications Consultant and Former
Agricultural Journalist

16:15 – 16:30 Closing Remarks & End


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