[08 March/Rural News Group]

A new ‘Rural Innovation Lab’ at Massey’s Palmerston North campus will be granted $400,000 by the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF). The laboratory will help give farmers and growers in the Manawatu-Whanganui area to think afresh, particularly around digital farming and improving land-use according to Fletcher Tabuteau, the Under-secretary for regional economic development. Other supporters include the Palmerston North City Council, Microsoft New Zealand, Massey University and local economic development agencies.