Main conference programme

A conference for ideas, action and debate responding to the biggest challenges we need to overcome to to drive sustainable agriculture for increased productivity and food security. The 2018 conference will bring together a fantastic array of European leaders, farmers, agribusiness executives, innovators, scientists, NGO’s and development experts

Conference tickets: €499 +VAT before  30 April • €699 +VAT from 1 May. Includes entry into the International Exhibition, Opening Ceremony, Main Conference, Innovations Theatre, Proagrica Future Farming Theatre, partner workshops, daily delegate lunch, refreshments during networking breaks, priority access to technical tours. plus access to an online meeting system and app to facilitate networking with exhibitors and other attendees. Register today.


Speakers include

Pekka Pesonen

Secretary General, Copa-Cogeca

Romano de Vivo

Global Head of Environmental Policy, Syngenta

Charlina Vitcheva

Deputy Director-General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Tobias Menne

Global Head of Digital Farming, Bayer AG

Pierre Herben

Executive Vice President Corporate Innovation, Yara

Jannes Maes

President, European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA)

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Wednesday 20 June 2018 

10:30 – 11:00     Opening Ceremony

Welcome and keynote addresses from European leaders and industry pioneers.

  • Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, Copa – Cogeca

11:00 – 11:30     Networking Break

11:30 – 12:30     European Farmers Panel in partnership with Proagrica

The European Farmers Panel gathers farmers from across Europe to discuss current challenges and commonalities they face as they work to maximise their farmers’ productivity and profitability without damaging the environment. The invited farmers range from across agriculture sectors and from smallholder to commercial larger farmer are they will highlight the technologies, tools, practices and systems needed to overcome these challenges.

Chairs: Karl Schneider, Editorial Director Farmers Weekly Group & Emmy Koeleman, Proagrica Media Editor

12:30 – 13:30     Collaboration, Innovation and the Roadmap to Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change

Many regions are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which include changing weather and seasonal patterns, rising sea levels and more extreme weather events.  It is essential that we understand the risk and build resilience in the food system to adapt to climate change. This session will look at the cooperative action on these issues, tools and technologies and the innovative approaches of climate adaptation in European agriculture.

  • Dr. Liisa Pietola, Chair of the Copa & Cogeca Environment Working Party
  • Patrick Trötschler, LIFE AgriAdapt project
  • Romano de Vivo, Global Head of Environmental Policy, Syngenta
  • Dr. Annemarie Groot, Researcher in Policy Science Interactions, Wageningen University & Research
  • Maurice Heral, The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI)

13:30 – 14:30     Lunch

 14:30 – 15:30     The Circular Economy – Hosted by Agrifirm

  • Dr. Martin Scholten, Managing Director Animal Sciences Group Wageningen University & Research
  • Professor Shane Ward, AgroCycle Co-ordinator, University College Dublin

15:30 – 16:00     Networking Break

15:30 – 18:00     The Circular Economy – Hosted by Agrifirm – Part 2

Tuesday 21 June 2018

10:30 – 11:30     The Role of Agriculture in Reducing Green House Gas Emissions

Food and agriculture is key to achieving the entire set of Sustainable Development Goals.  Goal 13 is to combat climate change and with agriculture contributing to nearly 20 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it has a major role to play in achieving this goal by 2030. However there is significant potential for the agricultural sector to provide low-cost opportunities for reducing GHG emissions without reducing productivity, yields and incomes.

This panel discussion will highlight experiences and the future outlook for empowering agriculture to play its role and implement innovative practices for effective climate mitigation.

  • Charlina Vitcheva, Deputy Director-General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Pierre Herben, Executive Vice President Corporate Innovation, Yara
  • Henning Steinfeld, Chief of FAO Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch (AGAL), FAO
  • Sarah Singla, Farmer and Vice Chaiman, APAD (Association for the Promotion of Conservation Agriculture)

11:30 – 12:00     Networking Break

12:30 – 13:30     Getting Technology into the Hands of All European Farmers

The tools and innovations exist to transform agriculture.  The problem is that most scientific developments and technologies are not reaching farmers at scale. This session will look at how we can rapidly take technology to scale amongst farmers in Europe. How can we make innovation accessible to all farms irrespective of their size or location? What is the appropriate regulatory framework to encourage take up of new technologies?

  • Tobias Menne, Global Head of Digital Farming, Bayer AG
  • Richard Markwell, Vice President and Managing Director Massey Ferguson in Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) and President, CEMA
  • Daniel Azevedo, Senior Policy Advisor, Copa – Cogeca
  • Jannes Maes, President, European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA)

13:30 – 14:30     The Role of Europe in Global Food Security

This high-level closing session will explore the latest developments in the food security and sustainability agenda and steps that have been taken by European governments, industry and organisations/civil society to address the challenge of improving global food security.

  • Marie Haga, Executive Director, Crop Trust
  • Hans Hoogeveen, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome
  • Farah Karimi, Executive Director, Oxfam Novib

14:30 – 15:30     Lunch

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