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Securing Ireland's Farming Future

Kelly's Inn, 232 Omagh Road, BT70 2DX
Thursday, 10 April 2014

This conference will provide an excellent opportunity to discuss the key concerns of the farming community and how we can work with you to help build a sustainable future for farmers across this Island.

Agricultural Minister Simon Coveney TD will address the conference along with the SDLP European Candidate Alex Attwood MLA.

SDLP 3rd Annual Agriculture Conference 2014

‘Securing Ireland’s Farming Future’


 9.45 to 10.15                          Registration Tea/Coffee .

10.15 to 11.45   Session 1   Current Farming Issues.

                                     Chair: Dolores Kelly MLA. SDLP Deputy Leader.

                                     William Taylor, Farmers for Action.

                                     John Sheridan SDA Farmers Group.

                                    Robin Irvine, CEO, Northern Ireland Grain Traders Association

                                    Margaret Ritchie MP DEFRA Member, Westminster

                                          Followed by Panel Discussion.


12.00 – 1.15pm  Session 2  Agri-sector Processing and Marketing.

                                     Chair: Joe Byrne SDLP Agriculture Spokesperson.

                                     Ruairi Cunningham, Strathroy Milk.

                                     Padraig Browne Procurement Director, Dunbia Meat Processor

                                     Seamus Carr MD, Vion Cookstown.

                                     Michael Hanley CEO, Lakeland Dairies.

                                            Followed by Panel Discussion.


1.15  2.00pm                            Lunch.

Session 3   European Dimension for Irish Agriculture.

2.00                              Joe Byrne, SDLP Agriculture Spokesperson.

2.10                              Alex Attwood, SDLP European Candidate.

2.20                              Professor Paddy Wall, Public Health, UCD.

2.30                              Address by Guest Speaker  

                                        Minister Simon Coveney, Irish Agriculture Minister.

                    Open Q and A session.



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