May 6, 2021

 

Agribusiness Summit 2021

 

9:00

Welcome and opening remarks from our host

Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy

CEO, iQuest & Business Post Live

Policy, Regulation and Reform

9:10

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS:

Government policy to support our largest indigenous sector towards a sustainable future

 

Charlie McConalogue TD

Charlie McConalogue TD

Minister for Agriculture, Food & The Marine

9:25

EUROPEAN UNION ADDRESS:

The EU’s vision for the agricultural sector

  • What are the EU’s priorities for the agricultural sector in view of Covid 19?
  • Implications of Brexit on European agricultural policy
  • CAP reform and funding
  • The European Green Deal and sustainable agriculture
  • Is vertical farming the solution to a resilient and sustainable agri-food supply chain?
Michael Scannell

Michael Scannell

Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Agriculture, European Commission

View from the top…and down under

9:45

INDUSTRY LEADERS FORUM:

View from the top:

Our panel of industry leaders share their views on what they believe to be the biggest issues, opportunities and challenges facing the agri-food sector now and into the future at both a national and global level.  With a big focus on sustainability, Items that will no doubt be discussed include:

  • The impact of COVID 19 on the agribusiness sector
  • Government and EU policy and reform
  • Supply chain and distribution challenges in the post BREXIT era
  • Sustainable agriculture and the circular economy
  • Talent management and human capital
  • Technology, R&D and product innovation
  • Changing consumers, diets and tastes
  • Ireland’s competitiveness in a globalising world
Lorcan Allen

Lorcan Allen

Moderator: Business Editor, Business Post

John Paul Scally

John Paul Scally

CEO, Lidl Ireland

Pat McDonagh

Pat McDonagh

Managing Director, Supermac’s Ireland Ltd.

Jason Hawkins

Jason Hawkins

Group CEO, Carbery Group

10:25

Networking break

10:40

INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY:

The view from down under: What can we (re)learn from New Zealand?

  • Rethinking NZ’s international market brand
  • Spreading market volatility risk
  • Adapting land use
  • Reimagining the social license to farm in a strong agri-culture
Andrew Hoggard

Andrew Hoggard

Board Member, International Dairy Federation & National President, Federated Farmers New Zealand

Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

11:00

The future of Bioenergy for Agribusiness

Catherine Hannon

Catherine Hannon

Public Affairs and Sustainability Manager, Calor

11:20

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Sustainable Agriculture and the green agenda

  • Sustainability from farm to fork
  • New initiatives and tools for an environmentally conscious and efficient agricultural sector
  • Green agriculture and tax incentives
  • Carbon neutral food
Thomas Duffy

Thomas Duffy

Moderator: President, Macra Na Feirme

Professor Michael Lee

Professor Michael Lee

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Harper Adam University and President, European Federation of Animal Science, Livestock Farming Commission

Professor Kevin O'Connor

Professor Kevin O'Connor

Director BiOrbic, Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre

Finance and Investment

11:55

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Financing and funding the Agribusiness Sector

  • Why food and agribusiness presents an attractive investment opportunity
  • The recent performance of the Irish agri-food sector
  • Raising finance by attracting bank and investor funds
  • State supported finance and investment
  • The future outlook for agri-food investment
  • Financial benefits to achieving environmental sustainability for the industry
Lorcan Allen

Lorcan Allen

Moderator: Business Editor, Business Post

Roisin O'Shea

Roisin O'Shea

Head of Food & Drink Sector, Bank of Ireland

Donal Whelton

Donal Whelton

Head of Agriculture, AIB

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

Director, Food and Drink Industry Ireland

12:20

Networking & Lunch

 

The Consumer View

12:45

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Meeting changing consumer demands and expectations

Consumers are better informed and their expectations higher than ever. They increasingly want to know where their food comes from and how it gets here. They are also seeking action on climate change and sustainability from all sectors of society, including agribusiness. And their diet is changing! They want to know that their food is safe and good for them. These issues and their effects on the agri-food sector and its future will be discussed by our panel.

Ciara McDonagh

Ciara McDonagh

Head of Food Industry Development, Teagasc

Emma Feeney

Emma Feeney

Assistant Professor, Food Science and Nutrition, UCD

Zoe Kavanagh

Zoe Kavanagh

CEO, National Dairy Council

Dr. Pamela Byrne

Dr. Pamela Byrne

CEO, Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Agritech

 

13:20

CASE STUDY:

Glen South Farm: A data led farm to drive improved efficiencies, productivity and profitability

 

  •  Enablers for the sector’s digital transformation
  •  AI integration and automation in agriculture
  • Integrated management systems in the agricultural production

 

 

Aine Sweeney

Aine Sweeney

Farm Manager, Glen South Farm

 

13:40

PANEL DISCUSSION:

The 4th Agricultural Revolution has arrived: Long live the revolution??

The advent of new technologies are having such a transformative effect on farming and agribusiness, it has been titled The 4th Agricultural Revolution. This revolution brings with it technological developments such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, advanced sensor technologies, drone deployment, machine learning and robotics.  Featuring companies like Micron Agritech, Farm Ops, Strongbó, Moocall and Anuland, we start this dive into the revolution with a showcase of the best Irish agritech start-ups and the impact they can have on the supply chain. Then the panel will look at the technologies, the improvements on the sector’s sustainability and specifically discuss:

  • What does the 4th Agricultural Revolution mean for farmers, processors, consumers and the planet?
  • Game changing industry technologies
  • How agritech is helping to solve agricultural challenges worldwide
  • ‘No one left behind’: will this revolution work for everyone?
  • Gene editing and other ethical questions
Jason Webb

Jason Webb

Moderator: Chief Content Officer, Agri Insider

Padraig Hennessy

Padraig Hennessy

Chairman, Agtech Ireland and CEO, Terra Nutritech

Professor Joseph Walsh

Professor Joseph Walsh

Head of the School of STEM, Director of IMaR Research Centre and the AgriTech Centre of Excellence, MTU

14.20

Summit ends