Agri-food conference 2016

L-R, Martin McKendry, Director, College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise, Gerry Boyle, Director, Teagasc, Roger Wilson, Chief Executive, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Jonathan Brooks, Head of Division, Agro-food, Trade and Markets, OECD, Richard Halleron, Agricultural Journalist and Councillor Garath Keating, Lord Mayor, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough.

L-R, Martin McKendry, Director, College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise, Gerry Boyle, Director, Teagasc, Roger Wilson, Chief Executive, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Jonathan Brooks, Head of Division, Agro-food, Trade and Markets, OECD, Richard Halleron, Agricultural Journalist and Councillor Garath Keating, Lord Mayor, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough.

Craigavon Civic Centre was the venue for the sixth agendaNi Agriculture and food Conference, which was sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and the Food Heartland Forum; a fitting venue in an area that boasts two of Northern Ireland’s PGI products, the Bramley Apple and the Lough Neagh Eel. A distinguished panel led the debate on how the agri-food industry can and should react to a post-Brexit world, alongside updates from the key sectors of dairy, beef and grain. Innovation was the theme for the late morning sessions, with delegates hearing about the latest advances in science and education, with a strong message of the necessity of adapting new technology to this most traditional industry.

Tony O’Neill, chair of the Agri-Food Strategy Board, delivering his presentation to the agriculture and food conference delegates.

Tony O’Neill, chair of the Agri-Food Strategy Board, delivering his presentation to the agriculture and food conference delegates.

Sheila Geary, Visit Belfast and Aoife Robb, PKF-FPM.

Sheila Geary, Visit Belfast and Aoife Robb, PKF-FPM.

Tony O’Neill, Agri-Food Strategy Board, Roger Wilson, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and Gerry Boyle, Teagasc.

Tony O’Neill, Agri-Food Strategy Board, Roger Wilson, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and Gerry Boyle, Teagasc.

Orla O’Hare and Lisa Bryson, A&L Goodbody.

Orla O’Hare and Lisa Bryson, A&L Goodbody.

John Gilchrist, Gilden Photonics and Claire Guinness, Fane Valley.

John Gilchrist, Gilden Photonics and Claire Guinness, Fane Valley.

Glenn Roberts and Jason Starbuck, Deloitte NI.

Glenn Roberts and Jason Starbuck, Deloitte NI.

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