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October 31, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join AgriTechNZ and AgTech Ireland for our 2023 Summit: Shared Ground. We’re highlighting active work and celebrating progress by both Ireland and Aotearoa New Zealand on emissions reduction, soil conservation and environmental stewardship.

We’re sharing the latest success stories and learning from the experiences of farmers, innovations, policymakers and researchers in both countries.  From carbon sequestration projects to regenerative farming methods, we’ll explore the innovative approaches that have propelled both nations to the forefront of sustainable agriculture.

Our speakers will share their expertise and provide a unique perspective on the collaborative efforts in Ireland and New Zealand. Join us and engage in stimulating discussions, and connect with others  who share a common vision of a greener and more resilient future.

Whether you are involved in the agricultural sector, environmental conservation, or simply interested in celebrating remarkable achievements, this event is not to be missed.

Gain valuable insights into the strategies and practices to help reduce emissions, restore soil health, improve management practices and foster a thriving environment. Join us and be inspired to contribute to the global movement towards sustainable practices. Together, we can shape a brighter future for our planet.

Time: 8:00PM-9:30 PM NZT/ 7:00AM-8:30 AM GMT


20:00-20:20 Opening and Welcome

  • Brendan O’Connell, CEO AgriTechNZ
  • HE Trevor Mallard, NZ Ambassador To Ireland
  • Padraig Hennessy, Chair AgTech Ireland, CEO Terra Nutritech
  • Paul O’Hara, Deputy Head of Mission from Ireland to New Zealand
20:20-20:55 Concurrent Panel 1a: Voice of the farmer

In this session we will hear from farmers in New Zealand and Ireland on the challenge on farm and the role of technologies will be considered across both regions.

  • MC: Catherine Lascurettes, COO AgTech Ireland
  • Bruce Thompson, Dairy Farmer and Nuffield Scholar from Co. Laois.
  • Ben Tyrrell, Dairy Farmer, member of EDF (European Dairy Farmers), from Co. Meath
Concurrent Panel 1b: Voice of Investor

In this session we will hear from investors in New Zealand and Ireland who are driving the growth of agritech businesses and connecting across the ecosystem. The sessions will explore the opportunities and challenges in operating across these two similar but different countries.

  • MC: David Leydon, Head of Food & AgriBusiness @ IFAC Ireland
  • Elliot Mercer, AgNition Ventures
  • Ruth Leary Head of Strategy and Engagement, AgriZeroNZ
21:00-21:35 Concurrent Panel 2a: Voice of the Researcher

In this session we will hear from research and industry organisations who are addressing issues of climate impact and sustainability that are shared by both countries and impact the future of livestock farming globally.

  • MC: Rebecca Redmond, AgResearch Agritechnologies Sector Manager
  • Karina Pierce, Professor of Dairy Production University College Dublin
  • John Roche, Chief Science Advisor at New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industry
  • Laurence Shalloo, Head of the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation programme, Teagasc Ireland
Concurrent Panel 2b: Voice of the Innovator

In this session we will hear from the innovators in New Zealand and Ireland who are bringing new solutions to farm in both countries.

  • MC Shane Dooley, Business Innovation Advisor, Callaghan Innovation
  • Matt Lynch, Levno
  • Abi Croutear-Foy, Chief Growth Officer at AquaWatch
  • Sean Smith, Co-founder & Commercial Director Micron Agritech 
21:35 – 21:45 Closing remarks

  • Padraig Hennessy, Chair AgTech Ireland, CEO Terra Nutritech
  • Brendan O’Connell, Chief Executive AgriTechNZ

Register now to secure your place at this special event.


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