But speakers at the summit outlined how NZ is probably the best-placed food producer in the world to do just that.
The rest of the world is catching up to our high standards but we have the innovators and can-do people to transform our farming industry further to meet the minds of the world’s discerning consumers.
The world is acting to make every part – transport, food production and energy generation – fit for purpose in the 21st century.
It’s a transformation we must embrace as well.
Focus on the future
Becoming the solution rather than the problem in farming’s brave new world means tuning the information dial to the news that feeds hope.
Flock fall continues
The country’s sheep flock looks set to continue shrinking, which observers warn could drive change to lamb supply patterns.
Risky practices hamper M bovis efforts
More than three years in and the Mycoplasma bovis programme is still seeing farming practices that contribute to the spread of the disease.
Look back for budget guidelines
The rolling five-year average of the Fonterra total farmer payout is a good place to begin dairy farm budgeting for the new season, NZAB agricultural loan broker Andrew Laming says.
Open Country scoops energy award
Open Country has picked up the country’s top energy award for installing the world’s first electrode boiler for drying milk at its Southland Awarua plant, near Invercargill.