Day 1 – Wednesday 30 May – Conference & Exhibition*
This full day conference session is being held at the Napier Conference Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Napier 4110.
|9.00am||Welcome and looking to the future by chairman
Tim Jones Summerfruit NZ
|Platinum sponsor welcome
Roger Georgieff MG Marketing
|Global food industry developments. Let's take a look at the big wide world
beyond New Zealand
Prof David Hughes UK
|The orchard that came in from the Colt
Greg Lang via live video link from Michigan State University
|Economic outlook – what are the hidden disruptors?
Cameron Bagrie Bagrie Economics
|If we don't plan will we survive the tidal wave? Planning to survive and grow
Louise Beard Forward HQ
|Sustainable delivery of your products to consumers
Prof Andrew East Massey University
|Keeping an eye on your fruit using deep learning
Jaco Fourie Lincoln Agritech
|Targeted crop spraying with new technologies
Scott Post Lincoln Agritech
|It's been a difficult season for many – meeting future challenges
Doug Avery Resilient Farmer
|Panel discussion. Our industry can't grow if we can't ship our product to market.
We have invited Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines to take part in a panel to explore this issue
Keynote speaker Prof David Hughes will tease out answers to your concerns
|5.00pm||End of conference|
From 5.10pm drinks and nibbles are being held at the National Aquarium, 546 Marine Parade, Napier 4110. Shuttles will depart for conference hotels from 6.30pm onwards.
Day 2 – Thursday 31 May – Conference & Exhibition & Kick the Dirt*
A half day of R&D presentations followed by our AGM and Kick the Dirt tour.
|9.00am||Brown rot – if it was bad last season, it's only going to be worse next season if we don't take action now. Getting your head around that 14 point plan
Phil Elmer PFR
|Pollination – new season's research into this important topic
Milena Janke PFR
|Breeding programme evaluations – those commercial and near-commercial varieties
Claire Scofield PFR
|Fruit bioactives – you asked, so we've been researching the nutritional content
of your fruit, starting with plums and apricots
Indrawati Oey Otago University
|Biosecurity is not all doom and gloom. Hear about the forward thinking research that is happening in New Zealand
Andrew Pitman PFR
|11.45am||23rd Annual General Meeting|
|Kick the Dirt - Get out of the conference venue and get your feet dirty!|
|Site 1 – Camelot Fresh Fruit Co – View commercial experiments in high performance plantings of peaches, nectarines and plums.
Is it working? Does it make commercial sense? Is it worth switching from current production to intensive plantings?
Stewart Burns Camelot Fresh Fruit Co and Jill Stanley PFR
|Coffee cart – It's not Kick the Dirt without the coffee cart|
|Site 2 – Berry Farms NZ Ltd, Astill Farm – High intensity/performance horticulture of next generation genetic material using innovative technology and techniques
Dean Astill Astill Farm
|5.00pm||End of conference|
*Please note this programme is subject to change.
The historic Mission Estate Winery Restaurant, 198 Church Road, Napier 4112, is the venue for this year’s conference dinner. As well as delicious food and an interesting and entertaining speaker, awards will be bestowed upon the worthy. Buses will leave from outside the conference hotels at 6.30pm for 7.00pm arrival at the restaurant. Shuttles will return us to our hotels at the end of the evening.