An Enthusiastic MC and Why We Are Where We Are…

With early bird tickets on sale, and just over two months to go until the Conference, we thought it was time to start introducing you to our formidable speakers and the topics they will be covering.

Holding together two-days of debate and conversation is no mean feat and we have just the MC for the job.

A political and current affairs enthusiast, Te Radar will be joining us to craft the conversation and add a touch of humour too! Having provided a satirical review of the week on RNZ National’s Nine to Noon programme for more than 15 years, he has won two Qantas Media awards for his New Zealand Herald columns.

Sure to keep our knowledgeable and passionate speakers on track, we are very happy to have Te Radar take the reins for this year’s Conference.

The New Zealand Farming Story So Far

Our first topic will look into the New Zealand Farming Story So Far, what we know and where we are at currently.

The first speaker tackling the topic is Keith Woodford.

Keith Woodford | Giving Value to Water: the Journey from a Free to Treasured Resource.

Keith Woodford has had a varied career. On graduating from Lincoln College, he first worked as a farm adviser and then an agricultural economist with Ministry of Agriculture. Keith’s career then saw him journey through various academic roles in farm management, farm systems and agribusiness in New Zealand, Australia and beyond. During this time, Keith also offered international consulting services in farm systems, rural development and education in more than 20 countries. Keith now operates through his own international niche consulting company AgriFood Systems. 

Keith is an explorer by nature, which means that in trying to find paths to the future, and going wherever the evidence takes him, he has been known to ruffle a few feathers. He writes regularly on agriculture, agrifood and agribusiness for various media, with these articles also available and archived here.

Next to explore the topic will be Dr Jenny Webster-Brown.

Dr Jenny Webster-Brown | Living With Elevated Nitrate in Our Water; Why & What’s to be done?

Jenny Webster-Brown is a Senior Adjunct Professor at Lincoln in the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design and has research interests in water chemistry and quality, Antarctic meltwater chemistry & mining and geothermal effects on water quality to name but a few. Jenny’s talk will focus on Living with Elevated Nitrate in Our Water; Why & What’s to be done?

Offering the perfect opener to this year’s Conference, this topic will certainly open the gate for conversation and give those new to the area some background knowledge on problems faced so far. If you are interested in joining us this year, grab your early bird tickets now.