Posts tagged "Lincoln University"

Poor farmer and processor relationships costing New Zealand

[10 April/NZ Farmer] Research from Lincoln University has shown poor relationships between farmers and their meat producers could be costing New Zealand. Lincoln University Senior Lecturer, Nic Lees, said improving relationships was essential and that from his survey New Zealand was missing out on higher market returns because of a lack of commitment and trust...

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....

Meat research in China, US

[23 October/Otago Daily Times] Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Greenlea Premier Meats and Lincoln University’s Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit (AERU) are leading a project asking consumers which attributes in beef and lamb are important to them in their purchase decisions. The research is focused on high market potential states or cities in the US...

Former city girl Annabelle Smart loving DairyNZ work on the Hauraki Plains

[11 October/ Stuff] DairyNZ Consulting Officer for the Hauraki Plains Coromandel, Annabelle Smart was raised in Remuera, Auckland before attending boarding school in Palmerston North. Ms Smart said during her time at Palmerston North she would spend significant time with her friends, most of whom lived on farm properties. Ms Smart studied Agriculture Science at...

Work begins on $206 million Lincoln University research facility

[22 August/The Press] At event was held Tuesday to mark the start of the construction of a new $206 million research facility at Lincoln University, which will be the physical home of the Lincoln Hub, a collaborative project between the University and several Crown Research Institutes. Lincoln University and AgResearch are partnering in the centre...

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...

Weeds cost farmers billions of dollars a year – study

[20 July/ Radio NZ] AgResearch and Scion scientists have joined forces with Lincoln University Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit Economists to review published research on the cost of weeds to the pastoral, arable and forestry sectors. AgResearch Principal Scientist Graeme Bourdôt said they cost at least $1.6 billion annually, but it was likely to be...

$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...

New Zealand farmers break world record for wheat growing

[3 April/ Stuff] Ashburton farmers Eric and Maxine Watson have broken the world record for wheat growing, producing 16.791 tonnes per hectare, beating the previous record of 16.519 tonnes. Fertiliser company Yara arranged the nutritional needs of the crop, while Arable Specialist Paul Johnston provided advice on the inputs of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur and...

Pest problems continue to plague native ecosystems – study

 [16 February/ Radio NZ Country] A new study has found that, globally, there are two new pest invasions every day. Professor of plant biosecurity at Lincoln University’s Bio-Protection Centre, Philip Hulme led a study with 44 international scientists which has linked human activities, particularly agricultural expansion, to pest increases. Professor Hulme expressed concern with the...

Lincoln ‘committed’ to agriculture

[20 September/ Rural News] Lincoln University Vice Chancellor, Robin Pollard said the university needed to undergo a transformative process to become more sustainable, more attractive to students, and economically and financially sustainable. Mr Pollard explained that Lincoln University needed to improve its finances, student experiences, programme flexibility and use of teaching technologies. Mr Pollard added...

Lincoln must find its own way

 [5 September/ Farmers Weekly] Tertiary Education Minister, Steven Joyce said Lincoln University had a future but it depended on delivering good academic results and generating sustainable, consistent financial surpluses. Mr Joyce added that the university had high cost structures meaning it had been unable to make a profit from its educational services since 2007, despite...

Lincoln University courses could be cut, academic board ‘rejuvenated’

 [19 August/ Business Day] Lincoln University Vice-Chancellor, Robin Pollard said discussions were under way to find ways to improve the university’s financial and academic performance. Mr Pollard added that the university would collaborate with other institutions in both academic and non-academic areas. Mr Pollard explained that the university would ensure its assets were being used...

Cheap food has a high price

 [20 June/ Rural News] Lincoln University Farm Management Professor, Alison Bailey said her report into European farming policy showed there was overwhelming evidence that food systems needed to change. Ms Bailey explained that the current food model, which focused on producing more food than ever before at lower prices, had serious negative impacts such as...

Future Footprint gets green light

[6 June/ Farmers Weekly] The Government has approved AgResearch’s $133 million Future Footprint plan, under which the majority of its four campuses would be consolidated at Massey University and Lincoln University. AgResearch Chief Executive, Tom Richardson said the Government sign-off allowed it to push ahead with detailed planning, with most of the work expected to...

Climate change impact faced head on

[12 May/ NZ Herald] According to the New Zealand Climate Change Centre, New Zealand’s climate is changing, with long term trends toward higher temperatures, more hot extremes, fewer cold extremes, and shifting rainfall patterns. Lincoln University Viticulture Senior Lecturer, Glen Creasy said the changing climate would influence harvest times and wine styles as increasing summer...

Agri-food sector crucial for New Zealanders’ wellbeing

[22 March/ Rural News] A Lincoln University study showed New Zealand’s agri-food sector contributed towards approximately 20 percent of the country’s GDP. In 2011-12, the growing and harvesting of products contributed 6 percent of GDP, the processing of those products contributed another 6 percent of GDP, and the goods and services that those primary and...

Lincoln University horrified after undercover encounter with new boss

[3 February/ NZ Herald] Academic staff at Lincoln University are livid after their future boss went undercover posing as a report writer. Around 20 staff were interviewed by Professor Robin Pollard, who pretended to be preparing a report for the university about concerns at the southern campus. Tertiary Education Union Local Organiser, Cindy Doull said...

Farmers not planting enough trees to mitigate dairy impact

[4 February/ Radio NZ Rural] Lincoln University Senior Lecturer, Wendy McWilliam said her study had shown that a significant number of farmers are not planting trees to help mitigate the environmental effects of dairy farming. Dr McWilliam said that few farmers took advantage of government planting incentive programmes because they did not cover enough of...

Next Lincoln Uni head appointed

 [1 February/ NZ Farmer Weekly] Lincoln University has appointed University of Central Lancashire Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robin Pollard as its new vice-chancellor. Lincoln University Chancellor, Tom Lambie said the appointment was made after an international search, and added that Mr Pollard will begin his position in March. Mr Pollard said that key areas of focus...

Two winners awarded SI Farmer of the Year

[20 November/ Radio NZ Rural] Lincoln University’s South Island Farmer of the Year competition has been awarded to two entrants for the first time. Omarama Station and Clearwater Mussels won the award after judges could not separate the two. South Island Farmer of the Year Chief Judge, Nicky Hyslop said both finalists showed leadership in...

Mussel farms in the mix for SI Farmer of Year

[13 October/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Clearwater Mussels has been selected as one of four finalists in the Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmer of the Year competition. The company produces greenshell mussels and processes a range of food and pharmaceutical products. It is the first time an aquaculture operation has been selected as a...

Dairy price volatility thanks to high tariffs cost NZ $7b

[2 October/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand Chairman, Malcolm Bailey said high milk tariffs were a big driver of milk price volatility and has cut around $7 billion from the economy this year.  Mr Bailey said negotiators in the Trans Pacific Partnership talks needed to deliver a deal that stacked...