This week Ulster Farmers’’ Union president Ian Marshall announced that the UFU will host the 37th biennial North American and European Union Agricultural Conference on the 22nd - 23rd October 2015.
The conference, which is being hosted in Partnership with COPA-COGECA, will bring together policy makers, influencers, and farmers from across the EU and North America to exchange experiences and discuss agri-related issues such as sustainability, collaboration, supply chain, the benefits of a common trade policy, and in particular trade policy within the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its future direction.
Commenting on the announcement, UFU past president and one of the current vice-presidents of COPA, Harry Sinclair said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the UFU and Northern Ireland to have secured this internationally recognised and high profile event.
“The two day conference, which has never taken place in Ireland before, will provide the perfect opportunity for us to showcase the agriculture industry on a global scale and provides a unique opportunity for many of the top agricultural policy makers from Europe and North America to share the challenges that face farmers on both sides of the Atlantic.
“The congress will also be very timely for COPA-COGECA with its member farming and co-operative organisations discussing trade policy within the World Trade Organisations (WTO) as negotiations rumble on between the EU and USA.”
UFU president Ian Marshall added: “It would not have been possible to bring this conference to Northern Ireland without the considerable support and financial commitment from our partners and sponsors who include: the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; NFU Mutual; Fane Valley; John Deere; Devenish Nutrition; Irish Farmers’ Journal; Zoetis; and Visit Belfast.
“Although Northern Ireland will be one of the smallest regions participating in the congress, the profile and exposure as a food producing region and as a tourist destination that will come with hosting this conference will be immense.”
For more information about the conference visit www.naeu2015.org.