EU Commissioner among speakers at ASA conference 2017


The Agricultural Science Association (ASA) has announced details of its annual banquet and conference, which will take place in the Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co Kildare, on Thursday and Friday, September 7-8, 2017.

The conference, entitled ‘The Future of Agri-food’, is once again sponsored by FBD and will celebrate 75 years of the ASA. The day-long forum will explore the outlook for the industry in the wake of recent global events which are impacting the international trading environment.

The opening address will be delivered by European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, who will provide the European agricultural perspective in an Irish context. The conference will also hear from a number of international agri-food experts offering cross-sector experience on what the Irish agri-food industry needs to do to compete in an ever-changing global environment, according to the ASA.

Insights on the international dairy industry will be offered by leaders of two of the world’s largest dairy companies: Frans Keurentjes, chairman, Friesland Campina; and Jim Bergin, CEO, Glanbia Ireland. Other confirmed speakers include Niall Browne, CEO, Dawn Meats, and Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia.

“We are really excited about the line-up for this year’s event. The annual ASA conference aims to offer a platform for information exchange, networking and knowledge transfer among those working in the Irish agricultural and food sector, and we are proud to say that it has become a highly anticipated annual event among our peers. We look forward to hearing from some of the leading figures in agri-food about how we can prepare to lead our industry into the future,” said ASA president, Mary Delaney.