Potatoes NZ Conference brings strong decision-making insights to growers


19 July 2023
Sustainable grower, economist and radio host share experiences and offer advice based on market conditions and more.

AN impressive lineup of speakers has been announced for the upcoming Potatoes NZ Conference, which takes place on August 22nd at Te Pae in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Those who will be sharing their insights and expertise include Tasmanian potato grower Darren Long (pictured), NZ economist Cameron Bagrie and radio host HAmisk McKay.

Darren is a recognised leader in cover cropping and biofumigation. With more than 20 years' experience, he has successfully implemented innovative practices on his family-owned farm in Sheffield, located on Tasmania's north-west coast. He co-founded Soil First Tasmania to educate other growers about cover cropping, inspiring fellow farmers to adopt these techniques. 

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Darren's expertise and dedication have made him a respected figure in sustainable farming and he will talk about soil resilience with regards to an everchanging climate. 

As an esteemed NZ economist, Cameron Bagrie possesses a deep understanding of economic trends and their implications for various industries, including agriculture. With his unique perspective on the global economy, Cameron will analyse current market conditions and share valuable insights into how they might influence the potato industry. His session promises to provide a broader context for strategic decision-making in the sector. 

Hamish is the host of MEDIAWORKS flagship agribusiness REX on MAGIC RADIO. With strong ties to the Manawatu region, Hamish brings a unique perspective to bridging the urban-rural divide on his radio show. 

PNZ's Communications & Engagement Specialist, Renu Ryder, said: "These speakers, among others, will provide us with thought-provoking presentations! It's an excellent chance for attendees to gain new perspectives, exchange ideas, and forge meaningful connections within the potato community."

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