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Blinc Innovation Hub

“Blinc Innovation is focused on connecting farmers, growers, rural advisors and the wider industry to innovate and create our future industry.  We do this through providing a place where we can connect, share straight talk with each other, challenge the status quo and together create the future of farming we want in response to consumers and opportunities in the market. We are excited to be able to do this through partnering with the Association . . . and set up the Blinc Innovation Hub” – Toni Laming, CEO, Blinc

 

Catering to global population growth and a burgeoning middle-class demand for quality food, while releasing the pressure on our natural resources and environment are just a few of the challenges facing the agricultural and food industry today.

Blinc Innovation Hub, brought to you by Blinc will host a series of talks, discussions, innovation showcases and panels focusing on the grassroots of our country’s agriculture, the complex challenges our farmers and industry face to respond to these key trends and create sustainable outcomes. We will explore New Zealand’s opportunity in agribusiness innovation and how to create our competitive advantage in the future world.

Canterbury is home to a diverse and critical food basket.  What will Canterbury look like in 10 years and what do we need to be working on to innovate and create what’s next for New Zealand’s critical sector?

We will look to involve those who face these challenges every day – the people who grow and produce our food. These thought leaders will offer inspirational stories of how different people and companies are responding to the challenge. What opportunities are available to farmers to increase profitability and ensure a sustainable future?  What do we need to do to solve these challenges and opportunities together?

As a platform for our partners to tell their innovation story, this Innovation Hub will also showcase the world-class innovation work underway in Canterbury and New Zealand and demonstrate that we are leading the charge in this field and truly have something to shout about.

Seminars will cover the following topics:

Wednesday 14 November |Innovation Breakfast | 8:00am – 12:15pm
8:00am – Breakfast & Networking
9:00am – Panel 1 | Canterbury Farming & Food Production in 2030
10:00am – Panel 2 | New Business Models: Capturing Value for Farmers & New Zealand
11:00am – Our Land, Our People | Presentation & Book Signing with Author Ross Hyland

Wednesday 14 November | Seminar 2 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm
1:30pm – Panel 4 | Building Water Resilience for our Future
2:45pm – Panel 5 | Innovation Showcase: New Business Model Innovation

Thursday 15 November | Seminar 3 | 11:30pm-12pm
11:30am – Panel 6 | Innovation Showcase: New Innovation Platforms for On-Farm Decision Support

Thursday 15 November | Seminar 4 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm
1:30pm – Panel 7 | Managing Biosecurity is Critical to Our Future
3:00pm – Our Land, Our People | Presentation & Book Signing with Author Ross Hyland

 

To register your interest in attending, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lincoln University Seminars

On Friday, Lincoln University will take the reins, covering a range of topics from what’s in your backyard to getting to know the landscape of our city. These talks are designed with everyone in mind and will hopefully leave you with some fun facts you weren’t aware of before. Seminars will run as follow:

10am | Catchy Soils: Get the dirt on all nutrients that good soil can grab hold of?
Hosted by Roger McLenaghan – Take part in a hands-on, interactive soil session that involves pouring water through soil and seeing the crucial, plant-growing nutrients it holds.

11am| What’s in your backyard? The good, the bad and the bug-ly: Meet Mike Bowie, his pet bugs and find out how you can create the best bug backyard on your street.
Hear from ecology tutor Mike Bowie about all the different insects that you might find in your garden, learn what you can do to encourage more of them into your backyard and see some creepy-crawlies for yourself.

12pm| Catchy Soils: Get the dirt on all nutrients that good soil can grab hold of?
Hosted by Roger McLenaghan – Take part in a hands-on, interactive soil session that involves pouring water through soil and seeing the crucial, plant-growing nutrients it holds.

1pm  Future Landscapes: Immerse Yourself in Your Very Own City Experience 
Hosted by Don Royds.

2pm Throw another plant on the barbie: Cooking up a low-flammable future to reduce fire hazard
Hosted by Tim Curran. Learn how to create a garden or shelterbelt that could help protect your home from wildfires and watch an informative video showing how low and high-flammability plants burn differently.

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