The Challenge of Change – the 2008 Commonwealth Agricultural Conference

An account of the 23rd Commonwealth Agricultural Conference held in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Year of Publication2009

The 23rd Commonwealth Agricultural Conference run by the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth was held in Christchurch, New Zealand. There was much talk about total resource use and alternative sources of income for farmers and show societies alike. The pre- Conference farm tour include dairy, beef, sheep, racehorse breeding, wine and the New Zealand Royal Show. At the CEO’s Day the group heard views of the future from RASE and the Royal Agricultural Societies of South Australia, Queensland and Scotland. Meanwhile Next Generation delegates heard about Societies in Canada, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Singapore and England. The full conference reviewed both global and local challenges for agriculture and show societies ad one day focussed on challenges and opportunities for New Zealand Agriculture.

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