Agribusiness education

Growers apprenticeships ‘good news’

[10 August/Rural News] According to Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, horticulture offered a pathway to a better future for thousands of New Zealanders. He added the industry predicted it would need 25,000 more workers, and the announcement of 100 new horticultural apprenticeships was a good start. He noted agriculture offered opportunities to make money and add...

Education Minister ‘frustrated’ as Lincoln University and AgResearch further delay $206m facility

 [3 June/Stuff] Education Minister, Chris Hipkins, said he was disappointed and frustrated by further delays to the development of the science research centre at Lincoln University.  Lincoln Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce Mckenzie, said the university and AgResearch decided to delay construction and put the contract back out for tender. They hoped to appoint a contractor...

Kavanagh College introduces agribusiness as subject

[26 February/The Country] Agribusiness has been introduced as a subject at Kavanagh College. Students from the Dunedin school have already visited numerous companies and farms as part of the subject. Head of Commerce, Jill Armstrong, said it was a fantastic field trip and students got to visit origin verification company Oritain, animal parasite diagnostics company...

New Massey boss rings in changes

 [22 February/Rural News] Massey University Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas, said that we need to stop thinking about agriculture in the traditional sense. Ms Thomas advised that she would like to think of graduates of many other faculties at Massey University, other than vetinary and agriculture, moving into jobs relating to the wider primary sector. She had...

Lincoln to make radical changes

[19 February/The NZ Farmers Weekly] Lincoln University will undergo significant change to solve the grand challenges of the land based sector based on a report from the University’s Transformation Board. The institution aims to change from a stand-alone traditional university to an enabler of collaborative initiatives involving multiple parties and various academic fields of study....

Youth Ag-Summit confirm career path for DairyNZ scholars

 [1 February/ NZ Herald] DairyNZ scholars Beth Hampton and Jemima Snook recently represented New Zealand at the 2017 Youth Ag-Summit. They flew to Brussels last October to take part. They both found the experience to be invaluable and one that reinforced their passion of the industry. Jemima said that the summit discussions made it clear...

Taratahi set for growth

[16 January/Rural News] Taratahi, the agricultural training provider, has said that efforts to attract new students have paid off with definite enrolments for 2018 looking great according to CEO, Arthur Graves.  Mr Graves said that Taratahi had been part of wider industry efforts to promote the job rich agricultural environment and extensive career pathways and...

Young Kiwis offered priority training

[10 October/ Rural News Group] The dairy industry has launched a scheme to encourage young New Zealanders to consider farming careers. Created by Federated Farmers and the Primary ITO, with support from DairyNZ, iwi entities, dairy companies and others, the scheme will provide dairy farming apprenticeships to New Zealanders. The Scheme was designed to achieve...

Course helps women to become active farm partners

[9 October/ New Zealand Herald] The Understanding Your Farming Business course funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Primary Growth Partnership Programme and run by the Agri-Women’s Development Trust has developed the skills, knowledge and confidence of over 650 farming women since 2014. RMPP’s Project Manager for People Capability, Diane Falconer, said research showed...

Interest building for Federated Farmers dairy apprenticeship scheme

[5 October/ Stuff] The Federated Farmers dairy apprenticeship scheme launched in Hamilton has spurred heavy interest. At the Christchurch launch, Federated Farmers Dairy Group Chairman Chris Lewis said the first year would be a pilot of the scheme and would take place in the country’s leading dairy regions. Students would start the three-year scheme in...

Farming course catalyst

[3 October/ Otago Daily Times] The Understanding Your Farming Business course is run by the Agri-Women’s Development Trust and funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership Primary Growth Partnership programme. Since 2014, the programme has been used by over 650 women wanting to have a greater understanding of their business drivers and gain the skills...

Shadbolt takes rural honours at Women of Influence Awards

 [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...

Mt Albert Grammar School’s state-of-the-art agriculture centre hopes to attract urban students

[8 September/ NZ Herald] Mt Albert Grammar School (MAGS) Year 12 Student Fatima Imran loves agricultural studies and is inspired to pursue a career in the sector due to her experience at her school’s 9ha farm. Last Friday, the farm sod-cut for new multi-million dollar agri-food centre on the site. The centre will bridge the...

Food-tracing firm goes trans-Tasman

 [8 September/ Radio NZ] Oritain Global, a Dunedin forensics company, is expanding into the Australian market due to high demand for food traceability. The company said consumers were more concerned with provenance after disputes questioning the origin and quality of food. Oritain recently partnered with GE Healthcare to run a traceability programme to authenticate country...

SFF chooses youth scholarship recipients

[19 August/Otago Daily Times] Silver Fern Farms CEO, Dean Hamilton, highlighted the depth of talented young people that had applied for the six Plate to Pasture scholarships that the company has recently awarded. The $5,000 scholarships are offered to young people developing their careers in the red meat, food and farming sector. The 79 applicants...

Taratahi takes over Telford campus

[27 July/ NZ Herald] Consents have been given by Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy and Associate Minister Louise Upston to allow Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre’s acquisition of Lincoln University’s Telford Campus. The negotiations followed financial issues at Lincoln and the Tertiary Education Commission demanding a $1.5 million refund last year after discovering the under-delivery...

$85 million for joint research facility at Lincoln University

 [29 June/Stuff] The future of a $206 million research facility at Lincoln University has been secured with an $85 million Government grant. Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith said the contribution would boost primary sector education and the university’s post-earthquake recovery. The 27,000-square metre facility will be the largest land-based sciences research centre...

Lincoln goes from red to black

[19 June/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Lincoln University Vice Chancellor, Robin Pollard, has announced that the university has recorded its first financial surplus in more than a decade. Mr Pollard said the focus of the Refreshing Lincoln project for the past year had been getting the house in order, and the small surplus of $500,000 gave...

Kellogg looks forward and back

[10 April/ Farmers Weekly] The Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme summit next month will be the first gathering of Kellogg alumni in its 38-year history, and will note the retirement of programme leader and former Dean of Commerce at Lincoln University, Dr Patrick Aldwell. Dr Aldwell was involved in 21 courses since 1999. Dr Aldwell is...

More schools giving ag a tick

[3 April/ The NZ Farmers Weekly] Schools are increasingly promoting agriculture as a career choice for students. The change is likely driven by the government’s forecast that the primary sector needs 53,000 more workers by 2025. Schools are increasingly offering agricultural subjects in their curriculum as well as launching educational farms and the use of...

Competitors keen to perform well at TeenAg

[20 March/ Otago Daily Times] TeenAg, a programme developed to stimulate youths interest in agribusiness, consists of two core elements, schools-based TeenAg clubs and TeenAg competitions. Local farmer Nigel Woodhead, representing Otago-Southland, is aiming to win the title, and Tokomairiro High School pupils Levin Coulter and James Scanlan will also be chasing victory in the...

New partnership will inject $146,000 into TeenAg programme

 [10 March/ Stuff] Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced a $50,000 Government contribution to a New Zealand Young Farmers agriculture sector youth programme, TeenAg. A further $96,000 in cash and in-kind support has been provided by partners including Red Meat Profit Partnership, DairyNZ and the Transforming the Dairy Value Chain programme, Lincoln University and Southfuels &...

Approval for school programme to encourage agriculture

 [9 February/ Rural News] A programme developed by the Red Meat Profit Partnership can now be used by students to gain NCEA credits following the materials receiving the NZQA Quality Assured Materials trademark.  The programme helps students learn more about the sector and promotes awareness of the wide range of career opportunities available.  The materials...

‘Endless’ agri career opportunities

 [8 February/ Rural News] Waikato University student Jack Keeys along with another agribusiness student Alanah Vinson have created an Agri-Leadership programme in collaboration with the client council of Rabobank New Zealand to made students aware of agricultural career opportunities. Keeys said the four-day programme is seeing a “20-30 percent increase in those thinking of an...