Agri-business education

Farming behind bars: Creating new skills for inmates

[20 July / Stuff NZ] Waikeria Prison in the Waikato uses its dairy platform to help teach its inmates the skills needed to create a better life for themselves once they are released. Inmates report that the platform helps with self-worth and employment opportunities as well as helping to improve mental health. Bryan Frederick, Industries...

Shearing and wool courses

[17 July / Rural News] Last week Primary ITO chief executive Linda Sissons launched three-micro credential courses at the Primary Industries summit – Introduction to the Woolshed, Learner Wool Handler and Learner Shearer. Sissonse says the courses aim to recognise or teach specific skills for the workplace in a short time. Sissons also reports that...

Tapanui team wins AgriKids final

(10 July/Rural Life) A team from Blue Mountain College, Hogget Haggis, recently took out the AgriKids NZ grand final. The team who consisted of Shamus Young, Archie Chittock and Flynn Hill bet 60 other students over three modules which tested them on a range of agriculture related activities and questions. The three boys had qualified...

22-year-old youngest ever to claim Young Farmer title

(7 July/Rural Life) 22-year-old Auckland based James Robertson has been named the 51st Younger Farmer of the Year, making him the youngest in the competition’s history. James grew up on a 200-cow dairy farm in the Waikato but is now employed by Fonterra in its trade strategy team. Not only did Robertson take home a...

Women to the fore in young farmer of year competition

(4 July/Stuff) For the first time in the history of the annual FMG Young Farmer of the Year competition, two of the seven finalists are female. Emma Dangen, 24, and Georgie Lindsay, 24, both won their respective regional competitions which allowed them to progress through to the grand final. Both have come from strong agriculture...