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Grains Council of New Zealand Conference

2 June 2004
Grains Council of New Zealand Conference

The Grains Council of New Zealand, the arable industry group of Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc) will hold its Annual Conference on 8 - 10 June at the Chancellor Resort, Methven.

The conference encompasses the annual general meetings of United Wheatgrowers, the Herbage Seedgrowers Subsection and the Maize Growers’ Subsection.

The Grains Council conference will be held concurrently with the New Zealand
Bee Industry Group conference, allowing the industry groups to join to discuss areas of mutual interest.

Guest speakers will address key issues facing the arable industry. The ‘Weston Milling Wheat Symposium’ has guest speakers Greg Bourke from Weston Milling and Rod Grout from Pacifica Shipping will discuss the coastal shipping review. Malcolm Bartholomaeus, an Australian farmer and futures advisor will speak on the future of wheat. Dr Mark Goodwin from Hort Research and John McKay from South Pacific Seeds will discuss pollination and Pete Jamieson from Crop & Food Research will discuss innovation in the arable industry.

Issues up for discussion include the transfer of hazardous substances and new organisms, regulations on agricultural vehicles and the amendments to the Employment Relations Act.

The winners of the Ravensdown/United Wheatgrower Wheat Competition Awards will be announced at 7pm on Wednesday 9 June.

The Grains Council of New Zealand Conference is kindly supported by Weston Milling, FMG, Crop & Food Research, Telecom New Zealand, Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-operative, Bayer CropScience, Midlands Seed, Genetic Technologies, Champion Flourmills, PGG Seeds, National Bank of New Zealand, and ACC.

ENDS

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