2016 NZ Future Farms


Why attend NZ Future Farms?

  • Get insights into the future of New Zealand’s agri-sector
  • Gain all-round insights on technology, business, health & safety and governance from farmers, agri-consultants and agri-tech companies
  • In a nutshell, future-proof your farm!!

Featuring insights on:

  • Changing global consumer preferences and areas of future growth 
  • 100 minutes of agri-innovation
  • Governance and structuring farm businesses
  • Succession planning for the your farming business
  • Grooming gen-next for the farming industry
  • Emerging trends on sustainability and GMOs

With participation from:

  • Massey University
  • Federated Farmers
  • Beef + Lamb NZ
  • Lone Star Farms
  • Dairy NZ
  • Dairy Holdings
  • Te Tumu Paeroa
  • BDO New Zealand
  • MyFarm Investments
  • NZ Young Farmers
  • KPMG
  • University of Waikato
  • Organic Systems


A few words from our previous delegates:

“The balance of topics was really good and the way they were programmed was excellent”

“Great conference with a variety of speakers which made for a very interesting event”


“Some very good content and high powered speakers”


“Provided an opportunity to think about farm investment differently and identify investment pathways”


A snapshot of past attendees:




Agenda: Day 1


Registration & Coffee


Opening remarks from the Chair

Rod Oram, Senior Business Journalist


Gaining value from farm governance

• Creating optimum board structures to ensure efficiency, accountability and derive value
• More planning, more accountability and more delegating
• Ensuring accountability in the face of lack of concrete regulation
• Communicating with the experts on the board

Professor James Lockhart, Senior Lecturer – College of Business, Massey University


ASSESSING THE PRESENT: Economic overview

• Overview of the price volatility and debt in the dairy industry
• Effects of the EL Nino phenomenon in monetary terms
• Gaining from increased domestic and foreign direct investment into the agri-sector
• What the signing of the TTP means for the NZ agri-sector
• Impact of the falling dairy prices on farm property valuations

Frank Scrimgeour, Professor of Economics, University of Waikato Business School and Director


Morning break


Changing global dynamics and what it means for NZ farming

The rise of innovation and technology in Asian markets, their young population and their proximity to world markets has left NZ in a space where the biggest need of the hour is to differentiate. Through each of the two 30 minute-parts, understand:

Part A: Changing global consumer preferences
Gain in-depth insights on developments on the global stage, what they mean for the global food and agri-sector. Also understand the constraints and opportunities of maintaining the profitability of NZ farms in light of changing global consumption patterns

Part B: Areas of future growth
Taking off from Part A, this session identifies the areas of future growth within the New Zealand agri-sector and works out a tentative plan to bring the future one step closer to the present by looking at developments on the global stage and by building better, sustainable farming communities in New Zealand.

Ian Proudfoot, Global Head of Agribusiness, KPMG
Graham Smith, Chief Executive, Federated Farmers


CEO PANEL: Building productivity and profitability for the future

Listen to NZ’s biggest farming companies views on the future and how close they are to building their own future farms besides:
• The global demand volatility and mounting debt in the agri-sector
• Overseas investment – opportunity for competition or collaboration
• Future planning: the cost of innovation versus risk mitigation in the present

Tim Mackle, CEO, Dairy NZ
Dr Scott Champion, CEO, Beef + Lamb NZ
Boyd Macdonald, GM, Lone Star Farms
Colin Glass, Chief Executive, Dairy Holdings


Lunch break – sponsored by DeLaval


100 minutes of farming innovation

At 20 minutes each, hear innovative story presentations that have pushed boundaries and changed the status quo such as: **
a) On precision agriculture:
• Hyperspectral imaging using remote sensing technology
b) On effective farm management
• Helping manage data and analytics of the farm business online as well as in the field through mobile apps
• Brand-building in the agri-sector
c) On technology in pastoral farming:
• Ensuring speed and driving efficiency through robotic
milking arms
• Machine vision for meat cutting and milking applications

Ian Yule, Professor in Precision Agriculture, Massey University
Collier Isaacs, CEO, FarmIQ and Nigel Bicknell
St John Craner, Strategic Planning Director, TRACTA
Graham Hardy, Business Development Manager – Automatic Milking Systems, DeLaval Limited
Barbara Webster, General Manager Business Development & Innovation, Scott Technology


Afternoon break


Contribution of Iwi and collectively-owned Maori-land to the future of NZ farming

• Co-investing with Maori for the future
• Building sustainable long-term relationships with Maori partners
• What motivates Maori in business especially in the agri-sector
• Bringing the next generation into the agri-sector

Susan Huria, Ngai Tahu


GMOs – What is stopping us realising the opportunity?

GMO’s is the quintessential pressure point where NZ’s natural advantage strategy collides. By engaging primary sector leaders, this session will present ‘the NZ opportunity’ by exploring the varying world views, underlying motivations and means of making critical decisions and strategic direction they believe NZ should take.

Brendan Hoare, Director, Buy Pure New Zealand
Dr William Rolleston, President, Federated Farmers
Frank Scrimgeour, Professor of Economics, University of Waikato Business School and Director


Closing remarks for the day


Networking drinks

Agenda: Day 2


Welcome back from the Chair

Rod Oram, Senior Business Journalist


FARMERS’ PANEL DISCUSSION: The view from the field

Gain insights from the farmers those in the industry on current, relevant issues affecting the agri-industry:
• The current price volatility and mounting dairy debt
• Risk mitigation on climate change
• Looking at technology and sustainability as investments rather than costs
• The average NZ farmer as a significant part of the community

Gary Massicks, Farm Consultant, Stantiall & Keeling
Richard Subtil, Owner, Omarama Station
Shelley Dew-Hopkins, Owner, Mairedale Station


KEYNOTE MINISTERIAL ADDRESS: Marching into the future with agriculture

The Ministry of Primary Industries’ vision to double New Zealand Exports by 2025 as part of the Business Growth Agenda, places a much needed emphasis on the nation’s agri-sector. Understand how the nation’s agri-sector can contribute towards turning this goal into a reality.

Hon. Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries


Morning break


Award-winning stories of effective farm management - Omarama Station

Structured as a 15 minute talk followed by 20 minutes of Q&A, understand the long-term benefits of successfully running a high-performing farm business by leveraging technology, low cost and sustainability

Richard Subtil, Owner, Omarama Station


Making better farm investment decisions to ensure growth

• Understanding and maximising your core competency: investment or production?
• Effective capital structure decisions to ensure business continuity
• Creating future-focus budgets for the farm business
• Measuring the ROI on diversification options
• Basic financial management tools and tricks to insulate your business against external shocks

Andrew Watters, Director, MyFarm Investments


Navigating effective succession planning

• How does one manage the legal process of succession planning
• Steering the “difficult conversations” on succession planning
• People planning for the future – grooming the next-in-line
• Leveraging off the family farming business income for the future generation

Charles Rau, Partner, BDO New Zealand


Lunch Break


Focussing on the present for a better future: Health and safety for farms

Get the present right by ensuring updated and people-friendly health and safety systems:
• Upcoming changes to health and safety regulation
• Decoding the early signs of physical and mental stress
• Planning for safer and more people-friendly systems and processes

Bronwyn Muir, Managing Director, OnFarmSafety NZ


Building better farming infrastructure for the present and the future

• Future proofing farm infrastructure - keeping systems simple and ahead of new rules and regulations
• Containment and recycling of available nutrients - feed pads, weeping walls, silage bunkers, palm kernel bunkers
• Recycling effluent / water conservation

Matt Hodgson, Owner, Archway group


Afternoon break


More connectivity to the future - The Internet of Things on farms

Understand how to harness the power of the internet to capitalise on your farm business:
• Using rural broadband to connect online in absence of regular phone lines
• Getting your Machine-to-machine conversations going to ensure more connectivity
• Using “the cloud” to manage farm data better through sensors and ERP systems
• Gain value from farm data to help with better business decisions
• Using the smart phone for more than selfies - GPS, farm security, weather systems

Jeremy Anderson, Rural Sector Sales Manager, Vodafone NZ


Getting the next generation to help build the future of farming

• Culture, skills or qualification – what should you focus on?
• Keeping the farming business alive for the next generation
• Beyond the farm – a gateway to allied industries and research
• Using the right kind of media to attract young talent
• Branding the farming industry as an employer of choice

Cole Groves, Director, NZ Young Farmers


Closing remarks for the day


End of the conference


The New Zealand Agri Investment Week creates a time and place where people can meet to learn, collaborate and invest in New Zealand’s agri sector.

The 2016 week was built around four key events:

The Central District Field Days New Zealand’s largest, regional, rural event held every year at Manfeild Park. CD Field Days hosts more than 500 exhibitors from all over the Central/Lower North Island bringing in over 30,000 visitors.

The NZ Agribusiness Investment Showcase is an invitation only event. At the showcase a collective of NZ Agribusinesses will pitch to a qualified investor audience. The companies are of high growth, with innovative offerings and international market potential.

The New Zealand Ewes Milk Conference showcases ewe’s milk and ewe’s milk products.

The New Zealand Future Farms Conference has a focus to provide insight into the corporate governance of farming.

Other past key events during the NZAI Week have included the Ballance Farm Environment Awards, Agri Innovation Site Visits, and a Manawatu Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Learn more about the NZ Agri-investment week at http://nzaginvest.co.nz/events/week/




Interested in sponsorship?

There are some exclusive opportunities to promote your company, and its products and services, at this leading event. Contact the sponsorship team below to request a prospectus or discuss the options, or view more about event sponsorship.


Accommodation partner:  Destination Manawatu

Due to the NZ Agri Investment week, regional accommodation will be limited and it is advised to book early.

The Manawatu Concierge will help you with all accommodation and travel bookings as well as answer any questions you might have.

Email concierge@NZAgInvest.co.nz or ring Kristi on 06 350 180006 350 1800 or 027 3866 184027 3866 184 to make bookings.


Getting there

You have a choice of options to get to Palmerston North;
Intercity Coachlines

Naked Bus


Palmerston North Airport

Air New Zealand