Agribusiness education

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...

New CE for GrowingNZ

 [30 January/ Growing NZ Announcement] Growing New Zealand, the alliance of primary industry players working to ensure that suitably qualified people are available to help grow New Zealand’s primary sector, has announced that Dr Michelle Glogau will take over from Andy Somerville as Chief Executive on 13 February.  Mr Somerville has over the last two...

MPI to help sort farm education

 [19 December/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Ministry for Primary Industries Director General, Martyn Dunne said the Government was putting pressure on the Ministry for Primary Industries to assist with education within the sector. Mr Dunne added that there was a growing concern that there would not be enough people in the sector to meet future demand...

Ag courses under threat

[28 November/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Primary sector training providers have signalled that some sub-degree courses will be ending, effecting around 1,000 students. Lincoln University’s Telford Division recently announced that it would scrap some of its courses taught off campus. The university added that it was removing 16 academic roles and 35 non-academic roles across its...

Lincoln to shed 51 jobs and Telford

 [21 November/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Lincoln University is consulting with staff on some restructuring to its programmes, to enable it to address financial deficits and attract more students. Vice Chancellor, Robin Pollard, confirmed that Lincoln was likely to divest its Telford campus in South Otago and would no longer use third-party providers to deliver off-site...

More cash required for ag training

 [7 November/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Tertiary Education Commission Chief Executive, Tim Fowler said the commission wanted to spend more money on agricultural training but it needed to see greater interest from perspective students. Mr Fowler explained that agricultural training easily met the criteria of having plenty of jobs for graduates and the majority of educational...

More tertiary graduates needed to grow a savvy agri-industry

[31 October/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, the agricultural and horticultural industries would need at least 50,000 more workers by 2025 in order to be sustainable. Federated Farmers President, William Rolleston said 62 percent of agricultural workers would need a formal agricultural qualification to meet technological demand by 2025....

Lifestyle block student wins agriculture student of year award

[31 October/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Whanganui Farm Management Student, Jack van Bussel has been announced as the Massey University Agricultural Student of the Year. Mr Van Bussel achieved high marks in the classroom, played rugby for the university, and was an active member of the Young Farmers Club. Mr Van Bussel had secured a...

2017 Nuffield Scholars Announced

[31 October/ Nuffield Press Release] Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy has announced the six Nuffield Scholars for 2017, recognising emerging leaders in the primary sector. The scholarships were one of the most respected and prestigious awards available in the primary sector and offered a life changing opportunity including overseas travel, study of the latest developments...

Taratahi look to partner with Chinese dairy company

 [25 October/ Radio NZ] Taratahi Chief Executive, Arthur Graves said there was demand from all over the world for the agricultural training school’s on-farm education model. Mr Graves explained that the agricultural training school had recently been visited by a Chinese based Mengniu Dairy Company. Mr Graves added that Mengniu Dairy Company wanted to learn...

Supermarkets join forces to fight obesity

 [17 October/ NZ Herald] Foodstuffs New Zealand and Progressive Enterprises have proposed changes including removing confectionary from checkouts, giving away free fruit, and rolling out a health star rating for products in an attempt to reduce childhood obesity. The supermarket chains have committed to reviewing their branded products and reducing sugar, salt and saturated fat...

Enterprising Rural Women Awards entrants for 2016

[17 October/ Rural News] Rural Women New Zealand would soon hold their annual Enterprising Rural Women Awards to showcase rural women who ran their own successful businesses. Six businesses would compete in three categories, with each category winner receiving $1,000 in prize money and the supreme winner receiving a further $1,000 for being an exceptional...