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Powering Farms for Tomorrow

  • Blinc Innovation Lincoln University, 7674 New Zealand (map)
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Emerging technologies challenge us to think about on-farm applications and solutions, but what if the future requires a change to the entire farming system? “Powering farms for tomorrow” will explore the power that moves farms forward…literally as energy and also the people who make it happen. We will consider what a fuel-free farm might look like, how it may contribute to a sustainable farming system and what farmers should be thinking about as new technology becomes available. Can you imagine a farm without diesel? We will also do a deep dive into the people who power farmers and how the skills and jobs required to run a farm of the future may be changing. How do we attract, excite and nurture both rural AND urban talent to New Zealand’s most critical primary industry? What skills should be considered? Will robots really replace us all?

Blinc Innovation is pleased to present this event in collaboration with NZ Young Farmers. We will explore fuel-free farming and the future of jobs in two deep dive sessions – with a dinner break!

*This (free) event is open to all members of NZ Young Farmers.*

Thursday 16th May
5.00pm - 7.30pm
Blinc Workshop


5.00pm -  Welcome & introduction

5.20pm - Workshop – What are the on-farm opportunities to optimise production on a fuel-free farm?

6.05pm - Dinner Break

6.35pm - Workshop - How do we excite, connect and nurture young people to pursue a career in the primary sector?

7.30pm - Event ends



Sarah Tait, DairyNZ

Sarah Tait Grew up on a farm in Mayfield and completed her final year of high school in Spain. Sarah worked overseas on arable farms before completing a B.Ag at Lincoln. She worked a summer in Chile on a dairy farm and as an agronomist for 4.5yrs.

Being able to speak Spanish has opened up so many opportunities for Sarah in the agri-sector. She particularly interested in the impact of culture in doing business, managing staff and building long term relationships.

People, culture and agriculture are my passions.

Sarah is now a Developer in the People Team at DairyNZ where she enjoys all three of these passions in her job every day, and where her team tries to tackle current and future challenges facing the dairy sector and it’s people management.


Dave Greenwood, Meridian Energy

Dvae is the Agribusiness National Sales Manager at Meridian energy and will lead the discussion of a fuel-free farm.

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