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Creating a Sustainable Farming Future @ Blinc Innovation Hub

Canterbury is New Zealand’s largest region – home to stunning scenery, sunshine, water and flat land that grows and produces a diversity of food. Our challenge is how to continue the tradition of New Zealand agricultural innovation and stay ahead, while remaining in harmony with our environment, to create sustainable outcomes for our people, our land, our country and future generations.

Blinc Innovation, in partnership with the New Zealand Agricultural Show (NZAS), invite you to see what innovation is happening, connect with your peers and join the discussion as we design and navigate what is next in this key industry. The Blinc Innovation Hub is host to Agribusiness innovators and is providing a series of seminars* and innovations showcases. The seminars will each feature four expert panelists who will share their insights and perspectives and allow the chance for Q&A with the audience. Join the discussion and be part of what’s next.

To read about our seminars and register, please find our listing at Eventbrite.

*Please note, the seminars are free of charge and only require you to register for the event, however, a ticket for the NZAS will be required for entry to the Blinc Innovation Hub. If you would like to attend more than one seminar, please ensure you register for each Seminar separately.


Wednesday, 14 November

Seminar 1 | Innovation Breakfast: Creating a Sustainable Farming Future in Canterbury

The rising global population, labour shortages and market volatility are just some of the issues faced on farms today. In this seminar, we will explore these issues, what they mean for you and your business and what considerations need to be made when planning for the future. The first seminar will focus on the what are the opportunities and threats that could impact the future of Canterbury farming and food production and how we might respond to create what is next. The second seminar will explore the emerging new business models, discuss the challenges faced by existing agri business models and how we might adjust to capture opportunity and maximise value from our land for farmers and growers.

8:00am – Breakfast & Networking

9:00am – Canterbury Farming and Food Production in 2030, host TBA

10:00am – New Business Models: Capturing Value for Farmers and NZ, host TBA

Seminar 2 | Building Water Resilience for our Future

Water is one of our most precious resources and has a direct impact on our environment, farmers, community, citizens, tourists and future generations. Canterbury has a long history of capturing and managing water. This seminar will explore what must be considered when faced with challenges to enhance this resource in our catchments for everyone. Integrated decision making is essential, but where do we start?

1:30pm – Panel discussion, host TBA

Thursday, 15 November

Seminar 3 | Biosecurity is Critical to our Future

Biosecurity has the ability to protect or devastate agriculture in New Zealand. We are seeing the impact if there is a breach of our borders – deliberate or through ignorance? Awareness, knowledge and collaboration are all necessary to take action. This seminar will concentrate on our roles to protect and enhance our country and most critical primary industries. Key insights, learnings and considerations will be shared by the panellists who have experienced this to start the conversation around this important topic.

1:30pm – Panel discussion, host TBA



Nov 14
8:00 am - 11:00 am
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Blinc Innovation Hub
Canterbury Agricultural Park
Hillmorton, Canterbury 8042 New Zealand
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