#NextGenFarming – SAI Platform Annual Event 2019, Chicago, USA

30th July 2019

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On 26 – 28 June, sustainability practitioners, experts and representatives from around the world and across the food and drink industry gathered to address the theme of #NextGenerationFarming. SAI Platform’s Annual Event 2019 brought over 175 members and invited industry leaders together, as speakers and panelists opened discussions on the global challenges facing the industry and the future for sustainable agriculture.

This year’s theme: #NextGenerationFarming formed the basis for an informative and honest-talking event examining key themes including animal welfare, soil health, water management, data and use of technology as well as the importance of collaboration and partnerships. Discussion points raised sensitive issues such as the disconnection between the farmer, consumer and policy maker and issues on how to better support and help farmers. 

Day one started with multiple field visits in and around Illinois to see first-hand sustainability farming practices and innovations in use on US farms.

Day two kicked off with insightful panel discussions focused on practical solutions for more resilient farming systems. Three breakout sessions on soil health, animal welfare and water management, gave the opportunity for a more intimate engagement with experts and fellow attendees.

Day three showcased examples of collaboration and partnerships in practice and the potential they offer for the future. The important question: who is the next generation farmer? – brought farmers to the stage to explain why the farming traditions and practices of the past are not applicable now or as we look to the future.

The SAI Platform Executive Committee and Secretariat would like to thank all of our members, Advisory Committee representatives and guests for joining us in Chicago. 

We also give a special thanks to our key speakers, panellists, moderator and field visit hosts, who made the event the success that it was.  

A big thank you also goes to our sponsors MarsGrain Farmers of OntarioMcCain and McDonald’s.