Agriculture eduction

Students join Horizons in tree-planting for water quality on farm wetland project

[29 June/The Country] Dannevirke High School students joined Horizons Regional Council last week to establish a wetland area around a waterway on Readlands Farm. Horizons freshwater advisor Margot Richardson reported 2000 native plants went in the ground to create a riparian margin along one kilometre of the waterway. Richardson commented on their work with the...

Hort stars go on study tour

[25 June/Farmers Weekly] A group of New Zealand’s best and brightest young talent are this week embarking on the first International Horticultural Immersion Programme which is an industry-led and funded $250,000 pilot initiative aimed at attracting top talent into horticulture. The group is made up of 11 Massey and Lincoln University students as well as...

Research farm up for sale

[08 February/Rural News] AgResearch’s Winnchmore Research Station, northwest of Ashburton, is up for sale. AgResearch says its science programmes will not be affected by the sale. The site is currently leased to a private farmer till the end of the 2019 harvest and is run as a commercial operation. The grazing and arable property has...

National award for local carpenter Vincent Hubbard

[10 November/New Zealand Herald] Vincent Hubbard from Hamilton has been named Registered Master Builders Carters 2017 Apprentice of the Year at this year’s national competition. Along with ten other finalists, Mr Hubbard was first interviewed and then challenged to build a puppy palace. Mr Hubbard impressed judges with his knowledge of the industry and calm...

New Nuffield scholars announced

[10 November/Farmers Weekly] Five scholars have been selected for the 2018 Nuffield scholarship course. The scholars will spend over four months overseas studying and investigating their chosen topics, aiming to put NZs primary sector on the global stage and increase understanding of the sector’s performance comparatively. The scholars are Te Puke Kiwifruit Grower Simon Cook,...

Nuffield scholars picked from the bunch

[3 November/Stuff] Minister for Agriculture Damien O’Connor has announced five New Zealand Nuffield scholars for 2017. The scholarship award recognises emerging agricultural leaders. Recipients this year include Simon Cook, Andy Elliot, Turi McFarlane, Solis Norton and Kate Scott. The 12-month scholarship programme, with up to 20 weeks spent overseas, allows participants to spend time away...