Day 1 - Wednesday 9 March 2022



Registration and morning tea


Julia Jones, head of insight at NZX Limited: MC; opening and house rules

Damien O’Connor, Minister for Agriculture (TBC): The future of the primary industries


The Human Element - Supporting Farm System Change

Dana Carver, wellbeing and evaluation consultant: Realising the potential of a farm operator

Corrigan Sowman, farmer of Uruwhenua Farms and Nuffield scholar: Farming in a pressure cooker



Realising a Farm System's Potential – Strategic Decision Making

Warren Parker, chair of Pāmu board: The future of the New Zealand pastoral system

James Parsons, Northland sheep and beef farmer, chairman of AgFirst Northland and Wools of New Zealand, OSPRI director: Farm system resilience

James Van Bohemen, farm business manager at Rangitaiki Station: Growing a business

Doug Dibley, regional farm operations manager at Fonterra and Waikato dairy farmer: Generational transition, succession and risk management

Question Time

Afternoon tea


Panel Discussion - Farming into the Unknown

Stuart Hall, Deputy Chief Executive - Commercial Partnerships at AgResearch: View and contribution to the farm system of the future

Scottie Chapman, CEO of Spring Sheep Milk Co.: International consumers

Question Time

Robyn Dynes, strategy lead of sustainable production systems at AgResearch: Science panel
Laura Keenan, agronomist at Agricom: Science panel
Jack Keeys, agri-food research and insights analyst at KPMG: Science panel
Warren King, science impact leader at AgResearch: Science panel


Drinks, Dinner and Quiz

Day 2 - Thursday 10 March 2022


Navigating a Farm System's Uncertainty


Rob Buddo, farmer of Kinburn Farm: Capturing and building momentum in a business

Patrick and Isabelle Crawshaw, Hawke’s Bay sheep and beef farmers: Increasing efficiencies from the same platform

Lee Matheson, managing director of Perrin Ag Consultants: Top 5 habits of highly effective farmers

Question time

Morning tea


Into the Future – Opportunities for Growth

Tanira Kingi, research leader in primary industry systems at Scion: Legacy/decisions today for tomorrow

Susan Kilsby, agri-economist at ANZ: Moving the bell curve/the situation with rural banking

Gavin McEwen, CEO of Farmax: The future of FARMAX

Question time

Phil Journeaux, rural consultant and agricultural economist: Greenhouse gas emissions, government policy and the future of New Zealand farming

Close session



FARMAX Workshops

FARMAX workshop part one

Afternoon tea

FARMAX workshop part two


Join us at the 2022 Farmax Conference