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The Horticulture Conference 2019   /  31 July – 2 August 2019  /  Hamilton

Be part of our exciting food future

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Every day we hear more about how consumers worldwide are seeking a healthy diet, rich in plant-based food. This presents fantastic opportunities for New Zealand horticulture, with increased demand for our premium food. We are growing rapidly and horticulture is the industry to be a part of.

While demand for our healthy food is high, challenges are not insignificant as we battle for growing land, access to water, and enough people to keep us growing. As we look at Our Food Future, the theme of the 2019 Horticulture Conference, we need to focus on solutions and some of them need to be found fast. Some solutions will come from better collaboration, and others will come from being creators and early adopters of science, technology and innovation.

One thing we know for sure, we need to be able to grow food not only for an increasing New Zealand population, but also for an increasing worldwide population. Our food needs to be safe, healthy, environmentally sustainable and affordable.

We want you to come to our conference to join the big conversations; to see and hear about what is being done to enable and enhance our food future; and to be an active part of that future.

Mike Chapman, Chief Executive, Horticulture New Zealand

HIGHLIGHTS

Sir Peter Gluckman, former Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, on the future of science in growing smart food including genetics and GE

Global food trends and the opportunities for New Zealand with the UK’s Prof David Hughes and Plant & Food’s David Hughes

Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance, on what the Wellbeing Budget means for New Zealand and our industry

The hands-on and interactive ‘carnival of demonstrations’ showcasing exciting new technologies

The opportunities and challenges of consumer trust with RaboResearch’s Tim Hunt

Panel discussion on the growing popularity of plant-based diets with food writer Niki Bezzant, TV chef Brett McGregor and Plant & Food’s Jocelyn Eason

The future of our workforce and need for diversity with GirlBoss founder Alexia Hilbertidou and Dr Charlotte Severne of Te Tumu Paeroa

What climate change policy means for what, where and how we grow

This years' conference will take place at Mystery Creek, Hamilton

Key Dates

Take note of these Important Dates.

  • Early Bird Registration Deadline:

    26 June 2019

  • The Horticulture Conference 2019

    31 July - 2 August 2019

  • Product Group AGMs

    31 July 2019

  • Welcome Reception

    31 July 2019

  • Industry Dinner

    31 July 2019

  • Gala Dinner & Awards

    1 August 2019

  • Conference Fieldtrips

    2 August 2019

We look forward to seeing you at the Horticulture Conference in 2019 at Mystery Creek, Hamilton!

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