[8 September/ Stuff]

Massey University Farm, and Agribusiness Professor, Nicola Shadbolt has received the 2017 Women of Influence rural award. The award recognises those who make a difference to other New Zealanders. Ms Shadbolt, a prominent figure in rural research and education, has also held a range of rural governance roles and was the first elected Fonterra woman board member. Ms Shadbolt has built her own farming business from scratch into a $27 million combination of five equity partnerships, including dairy, sheep, beef, deer, and forestry.