• IFTA Members from around the world attended the Annual Conference in Hawke's Bay on February 26.

    8—9am Breakfast & Registration at Napier Conference Centre
    9am—5pm IFTA Annual Conference at Napier Conference Centre

    6:30—10pm Post-Conference Cocktail Party at Art Deco Masonic Hotel


    Highlights include:

    • Robotics in tree fruit production with presentations and panels by Steve Saunders, Robotics Plus and Dan Steere, Abundant Robotics.
    • Grower panel to discuss designing robot-ready canopies. Panelists include Jeff Cleveringa, Starr Ranch in Washington; Crag Hornblow, Ag First in Nelson; and Mark Trzaskoma, Battunga Orchards in Victoria.
    • Presentation by Lee Kalcsits, Washington State University, on benefits and risks of integrating protective netting into apple production.
    • Practical horticultural strategies for reducing bitter pit in apples
    • Ross Wilson of AG First NZ, Hawkes Bay will discuss how and why to benchmark orchard performance.
    • IFTA business meeting and “get to know your IFTA Board of Directors” Q and A.

    Don't forget to grab a ticket to the after party!

    You're invited to the post conference Cocktail Party at the Art Deco Masonic Hotel! Enjoy great food, drinks, music, and networking with a diverse group of agriculturists. Spouses and friends invited, too!

  • Conference Pricing

    Conference attendance includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments


    Complimentary registration available for farms and organizations that host the IFTA Study Tour groups.

    Only (1) per entity.


    Kiwi Special Rate - Includes one year IFTA membership. New Zealand residents only.


    IFTA Member



  • Location: Napier Conference Centre

    Beautifully renovated conference facility with panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean!