‘Back to the Future’ for Northern Ireland farms

'Final year Queen's University agriculture students together with William Thompson, back row centre, representing symposium sponsor Bank of Ireland UK'
'Final year Queen's University agriculture students together with William Thompson, back row centre, representing symposium sponsor Bank of Ireland UK'
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Leading experts from across the agri-food industry are to discuss future challenges and opportunities for farmers with agricultural students from Queen’s University Belfast and the wider public.

The annual symposium organised by students reading Agricultural Technology will discuss, “Future farms – what will food production look like after 2020?” The event is being organised in association with Bank of Ireland UK.

Chaired by David Wright from the Irish Farmers Journal, a panel of speakers will discuss issues such as growing global markets, increased intensification and new technologies in livestock production, insect production and emerging animal health issues.

The panel include John Gilliland OBE, Director of Agriculture at Devenish Nutrition; Simon Doherty, president of the N.I. branch of the British Veterinary Association; Jonathan Birnie, Agricultural Research Manager at Dunbia; Tara Elliott, MSc student in DIT reading Culinary Innovation and Food Product Development and Managing Director of EddieBug; and Martin Mulholland, Senior Dairy Technologist at CAFRE.

The event has been described by final year student, Richard Marshall, as “an evening certain to be filled with insight and discussion from experts across the industry.”

Dr Niamh O’Connell, co-ordinator of the Agricultural Technology degree programme at Queens, added “the annual symposium remains one of the highlights of the Queen’s University calendar.”

William Thompson, Agri Manager at Bank of Ireland UK also commented: “We are delighted to be involved for a second year with this important agricultural symposium. The agri-food sector is a key sector for the local economy and one that Bank of Ireland UK is actively supporting. We are looking forward to engaging with all speakers and attendees at this event.”

The symposium “Future farms – what will food production look like after 2020?” takes place on the evening of Thursday 30th April, in the School of Biological Sciences North Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre, Lisburn Road, Belfast from 6.30pm. Light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.