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License to operate: A regulatory barrier or opportunity?

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/05/2012

License to operate: A regulatory barrier or market opportunity?

The AGMARDT Agribusiness Breakfast provides an annual forum to discuss issues of national interest to the rural community. This year’s theme is ‘License to Operate: a regulatory barrier or market opportunity?’ and includes presentations by Dr Andrew West, Bryce Johnson, Willy Leferink and Graham Stuart.

The AGMARDT Agribusiness Breakfast will be held on Friday the 25th of May on Level 4 of the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, commencing at 7.30am sharp and will be hosted by AGMARDT’s Chairman Jeff Grant.

“In setting the theme for this year’s AGMARDT Agribusiness Breakfast, we wanted to raise awareness within the farming community of an issue that is going attract increasing attention in the years ahead,” said Mr Grant.

“We have an excellent range of speakers who will each provide a different perspective on the theme. I hope the attendees will leave the event feeling better equipped to make up their own minds on whether a license to operate is a regulatory barrier or market opportunity.”

Dr Andrew West, the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University, will provide a high level overview on the theme and discuss its future potential impact on farming. Bryce Johnson, Chief Executive of Fish & Game New Zealand, will then provide an insight on his organisation’s views on changing public attitudes and the challenges and opportunities this creates for the farming community.

Federated Farmers Dairy Chairperson Willy Leferink will provide a farmer’s perspective on this year’s theme. This will be followed by Sealord’s Chief Executive Graham Stuart who will discuss growing market opportunities built around actively pursuing environmentally friendly ways to undertake business.

The AGMARDT Agribusiness Breakfast is held in conjunction with The National Bank Young Farmer Contest and starts with a light breakfast at 7.30am sharp, followed by speaker presentations and then questions. The forum will conclude around 9.45am.

Following the breakfast, attendees will be invited to watch New Zealand’s top young farmers compete in the Practical Challenge Day of The National Bank Young Farmer Contest.

If you would like to attend this event please go to www.youngfarmercontest.co.nz. Tickets are $30.00 each (+ booking fee), which includes breakfast.

For more information about AGMARDT and its funding programmes visit www.agmardt.org.nz.


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