The annual Agricultural Science Association (ASA) banquet and conference themed Risk & Reward: A New Era for Agri-Food took place in the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny, last week. The banquet was attended by almost 600 agri-professionals and conference delegates were addressed by leading figures from the international agri-food sector including incoming European Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan, currently European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Former ASA presidents Derrie Dillon and Amii McKeever with incoming president Seamus O’Mahony.

Karen Brosnan, Pamela Byrne and Anne Randalls.

Alexa Toomey, Orla Battersby, Michael Ryan and Caroline Mullen.

Al Grogan, John Tyrrell and Mark Rochford.

European Commissioner Phil Hogan, Former ASA president Amii McKeever and Australian food scientist Dr Anneline Padayachee.

Orla Battersby, Enterprise Ireland, and Brendan Gleeson, secretary general, Department of Agriculture.

Nick Whelan, Dale Farm, with former ASA presidents Amii McKeever and Eoin Lowry.

Ambassador Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator, USTR

Oisín Coughlan, Friends of the Earth, Roisín Hennerty, Ornua and Andrew McHugh, Smart Farming farmer.

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