Sally Howlett attends National Fieldays, the largest agricultural event in the Southern hemisphere

Sally Howlett (KEF York) visited New Zealand in June 2017 as part of a British High Commission delegation to attend National Fieldays, the largest agricultural event in the Southern hemisphere and a launch platform for cutting edge agricultural technology and innovation. Before and after the event, Sally also visited several agricultural organisations around the country to promote the work of N8 AgriFood and explore potential synergies and collaborative opportunities.

The travel costs for the visit were met by BEIS, with organisational support from Dr Steve Thompson (Science and Innovation Officer, British High Commission) and Jonathan Sinclair (British High Commissioner to New Zealand).

Highlights of the trip, aside from representing British Agricultural Innovation at Fieldays itself, include giving a seminar at AgResearch, NZ’s leading Crown Research Institute, visiting the Bio-Protection Centre at Lincoln University and Landcare Research to learn more from their successful stakeholder engagement strategies and speaking to Grasslanz Ltd about commercialisation priorities for sustainable plant protection products.