Agribusiness education

SIT plans takeover of Telford agricultural training centre

[15 January/NZ Herald] The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) will submit a proposal to Education Minister Chris Hipkins to take over operations of the Telford agricultural training campus in Balclutha.  Telford is part of the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre which was placed into interim liquidation at the request of its board last year.  Clutha Southland...

Lisa Sims to head trust that supports agri-women

[10 January/The Country] The Agri-Women’s Development Trust has appointed a new general manager, Lisa Sims, to lead the operations of the trust, taking over from its founder Lindy Nelson. Ms Nelson will continue in her role as a trustee and programme director for the trust’s flagship programme, Escalator. The Trust has been in operation since...

Loss of agricultural training campuses ‘will leave massive hole’

[21 December/Stuff] Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre has been placed into interim liquidation as the Tertiary Education Commission reported the institute has debt of around $23 million. The liquidation effects nearly 250 staff and 2850 students, and it is unclear whether courses will be delivered in 2019. This amount includes debt to the commission for under-delivering...

Wool industry gets behind Taratahi students

[12 December/NZ Herald] Wool industry professionals and members of the Wool Industry Education Group (WIEG) will be supporting training organisations to improve wool industry training qualifications in the coming year. NZ Wool Classers Association board member and WIEG facilitator Allan Frazer said the certificate in wool technology, level four, was for people working in the...

‘Just the beginning’ for Escalator graduate

[10 December/Rural Life] Last month, the Agri-Women’s Development Trust marked the 100th graduate from its Escalator programme. The milestone was reached as graduates of the eighth annual programme — including Kelly Heckler, owner of environmental consultancy AgriBasics — gathered in Wellington. The 10-month programme provides leadership and governance development to 14 women each year. Participants...

2019 Sprout Applications Open: Apply by November

[12 October/Sprout Accelerator] Applications are open for the 2019 Sprout programme. Sprout Accelerator scouts New Zealand and the globe for agritech and agrifood companies. It is looking for agritech and agrifood entrepreneurs with disruptive products and technology. It searched for companies that wanted to accelerate their businesses and maximise growth. It was tailor made for each company,...

PGG Wrightson Seeds moving to Lincoln research cluster

[12 October/Stuff] PGG Wrightson Seeds joined an agricultural research cluster at Lincoln. The grain and seed business, which is being sold by PGG Wrightson, was being sold, would move into a new building opposite the University. It will be across from the planned $206 million Lincoln University and AgResearch joint facility. PGG Wrightson seeds was being...

Food producers to get a taste of innovative consumer research

[15 October/Radio NZ] A new way to research consumer preferences could benefit New Zealand’s food producers. A laboratory funded by Massey University focused on consumer and sensory science for food. Joanne Hort, who is the Fonterra-Riddet chair in consumer and sensory science, would lead the facility and had been working with dairy products, meat products,...

Hey, the kids are alright

[5 October/Farmers Weekly] Silver Fern Farms have committed to invest in future red meat sector leaders through its Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships, recognising and rewarding excellence. They are offering young people $5,000 to develop their red meat sector careers and capabilities in food and farming. Applications are open for people who wanted to develop...

Aucklanders jump at dairy apprenticeships

[3 October/Stuff] One in five people who wanted to take up dairy farming apprenticeships come from Auckland. A joint dairy apprenticeship scheme was launched a year ago by Federated Farmers and Primary ITO. Since then, 240 people had registered their interest, with over 40 coming from Auckland. Primary ITO Chief Executive, Linda Sissons, said many...

New consumer and sensory science facility on the way

[29 August/Massey University] Massey University are developing a state of the art consumer and sensory science facility to determine what drives people in their food choice behaviours. College of Sciences Pro-Vice Chancellor, Ray Geor, said the investment continued to build on the strong food science capability at Massey. The facility would increase the already strong...

Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme

[2 October/Kellogg] Applications are open for The Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme. The programme is designed to develop rural leaders for New Zealand in the agribusiness and agrifood sectors and has been successful in doing so for almost 40 years. The programme is looking for individuals who want to grow their leadership knowledge and skills, industry...

New Zealand Apples & Pears launch education partnership with Havelock North Schools

[19 September/The Country] Havelock North schools have partnered with their regions apple and pear industry to introduce students to horticulture. Students will lean about growing and exporting fruit, as well as having the support of industry experts to help develop learning resources. NZ Apples & Pears representatives, alongside students and principals, planted apple trees to...

Effort needed to keep workers

[17 September/Farmers Weekly] Taratahi Agriculture Institute Chief Executive, Arthur Graves, said many students who were attracted to the agriculture sector came from backgrounds outside the traditional workforce pool. This has prompted training providers to rethink how they recruit and train young people. Taratahi has changed its programmes to add more personal development and was working...

Applications for AGMARDT Leadership Scholarships Now Open

[7 September/AGMARDT] Applications opened for five leadership scholarships through the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT). It awards $15,000 per scholarship every year to those committed to future leadership roles within the primary sector. Its general manager, Malcolm Nitschke, said it had awarded the scholarship to 18 professionals since 2016 to assist them...

Jeremy Hill appointed Adjunct Professor at Massey University

[31 August/Riddet Institute] The Riddet Institute appointed Jeremy Hill as an Adjunct Professor at Massey University to recognise his achievements in the dairy science and technology areas, and his leadership qualities. Riddet Institute Director, Harjinder Singh, said Mr Hill would mentor the food science leaders of tomorrow. He added Mr Hill brought a wealth of...

Lincoln and Canterbury Universities look at partnership options

[21 August/Farmers Weekly] Lincoln and Canterbury University will explore partnership and merger opportunities under a new memorandum of understanding. The MOU has been signed off by the chancellors of both universities. Lincoln University Chancellor, Steve Smith, said the Government was focused on encouraging more people to study and work in land-based sectors, increase productivity, and...

AbacusBio-AGMARDT International Internship

[14 August/AbacusBio] AbacusBio and AGMARDT are offering a six month internship programme and have two openings available for their 2018/19 intake. It was intended for people employed in the agri-tech, agri-business, and/or agri-food sectors. They were seeking people who had clear career goals in mind. It would give international exposure to the sectors. The programme...

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...