Apprentice of the Year 2017

Agri-Tech Week 2020:


DATE: Thursday 12 November 2020

TIME: 1630

Online – Register for this event using the button below


As part of this year’s AgriTech week the RNAA will be hosting an online event to explore the issues around agricultural knowledge exchange and, in particular, the roles that agricultural associations and show societies can fulfil in the post COVID-19 world.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a rapid transformation in communications and connectivity. This has accelerated changes that were already underway in agriculture.

In a timely contribution to this year’s Agri-Tech Week, the RNAA is hosting a webinar that tackles the issues and implications: How have the new conditions affected the industry? How much is here to stay – or is this just a passing phase? Does the ‘new norm’ open up new opportunities and, if so, how can these be exploited to benefit knowledge exchange and innovation in agriculture?

In particular, does digital allow new developments to transcend borders and accelerate the transfer of new learnings and understanding around the world? Bringing together senior leaders from across the world, this webinar will address the role that can be played by all those across the industry, but especially agricultural associations and show societies.


Dr. Reinhard Grandke, Chief Executive Officer of DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft – German Agricultural Society)

Dr. Reinhard Grandke studied Agricultural Sciences, specialising in Animal Production, at the University of Giessen. In 1992 he obtained his doctorate and in 2002 he qualified as a university lecturer in the subjects of Animal Breeding and Organisational Management. In autumn 2011 he was appointed Honorary Professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Household Science and Environmental Management at the University of Giessen.

Mr Grandke joined DLG in 1998. Up to 2003 he served as Managing Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and since 2004 he has been DLG’s Chief Executive Officer.

Peter Nation, Chief Executive Officer of the NZ National Fieldays Society

Peter joined the organisation in March 2016 after a 12-year journey as National Sales Manager with internationally renowned company Gallagher.  Peter has an extensive background in finance having spent over 25 years in the banking industry, working primarily in rural towns and regions.  Most of his career has involved taking businesses/business units and growing them to make them profitable and well managed. In his role for the Society he is responsible for guiding the leadership team to enable delivery of the Society’s strategy and business plans.

Steve Hughson, Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

Steve has been the Chief Executive at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS) since March 2013.  He has brought a wealth of leadership and business focus to the industry following a distinguished 30-year career in the Police starting with the Metropolitan Police and culminating in the position as Head of Territorial Policing with Dyfed-Powys Police.

Steve comes from a farming background having been born and brought up on the family farm where he now lives, near Builth Wells.

Steve is a member of the Welsh Government Agricultural Advisory Panel and Chair of the Mid Wales Regional Tourism Forum (part of Visit Wales). He was made an associate of CARAS (Council of Awards of the Royal Agricultural Societies) for his submission ‘Leadership in Agriculture’ and is a member of the Wales YFC Finance and Management Committee.

Emily Norton, Head of Rural Research at Savills

Emily Norton is Head of Rural Research at Savills and partner in a farming business in Norfolk. She was the RNAA Nuffield Scholar for 2018 completing her study on global best practice in agricultural policy design, and she is a Director of the Oxford Farming Conference for 2020-2023.

If you have any questions about this event, please get in touch by email

Agri-Tech Week is a partnership initiative, founded in 2014 by Agri-TechE, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and the Suffolk Agricultural Association. Further information about Agri-Tech Week can be found at here