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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.

8.00am Registration opens
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
10.35am  Morning tea
  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
12.30pm  Lunch
  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
3.10pm Afternoon tea 
  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

Networking Drinks

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.

8.30am Registration opens
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
10.15am Morning tea
  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
12.45pm  Lunch
  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.


Conference Dinner

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.

 Mission restaurant RS