Posts tagged "Waikato University"

Record spend predicted for New Zealand National Fieldays 2018

[10 June/Stuff] Forecast milk payouts and high commodity prices meant spending could be up 10 percent on last year. Waikato University Economics Professor, Framk Scrimgeour, said Fieldays 2017 recorded peak attendance after some lean years in the dairy sector, and the economic impact was a record. He expected another large event this year. He added...

Rural med school pledge at risk

[6 March/Rural News] The withholding of $4.5 million that was pledged to help set up a Waikato rural medical school was prompted by short-sightedness and political game-playing by the new government. Philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn pledged the gift for a Waikato medical school with the primary focus of community healthcare in high need communities. Mr...

Fieldays cracks $0.5 billion mark, not just big for farmers

[6 October/ Stuff] Fieldays in June generated $538 million in sales from New Zealand firms, including $191m in revenue from Waikato. $450m came from sales in farm equipment, including $113m from Waikato-based firms and $336m from the rest of New Zealand. The event contributed $238m to the New Zealand’s gross domestic product, including $79m for...

Kiwifruit industry to create 29k jobs 2030

 [27 June/ NZ Herald] A new research report prepared by Waikato University for Zespri suggests that the kiwifruit industry will create 29,000 jobs and contribute $3.5 billion a year to New Zealand’s GDP by 2030.  The report which analysed the economic impact of the industry on the Bay of Plenty and Northland regions as well...

‘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...

People at the heart of a profitable and resilient future for hill country farming

 [12 August/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Waikato University Economics Professor, Frank Scrimgeour said a strong, resilient rural community would ensure an environmentally and economically sustainable future for hill country farming in New Zealand. Mr Scrimgeour said vibrant rural communities were so important to the survival of hill country in New Zealand that establishing a national...

Jacqueline Rowarth appointed as EPA’s chief scientist

 [10 August/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Waikato University Agribusiness Professor, Jacqueline Rowarth has been appointed to the new role of chief scientist at the Environmental Protection Authority. Ms Rowarth would resign from her position at the university and start in her new position at the end of October. Environmental Protection Authority Chief Executive, Allan Freeth...

Little agreement in GMO debate

 [28 March/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Waikato University Professor, Frank Scrimgeour said the debate on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was not going anywhere. Mr Scrimgeour added that GMO’s could benefit society by improving medicines and boosting agriculture, but the debate had to be about the technology rather than arguing over whether GMOs were good or bad....

Fieldays contributes ‘significantly’ to primary sector

[5 December/ Rural News] According to the Fieldays 2015 Economic Impact report, the latest Fieldays event contributed $166 million to the GDP of New Zealand and $53 million to Waikato. Waikato University Honorary Fellow in Economics, Dr Warren Hughes said the report looked at visitor spending, equipment spending and organisation spending. Dr Hughes said the...

Worry over AgResearch layoffs

[22 September/ NZ Herald] Waikato Soil Scientist, Doug Edmeades said the expected layoff of around 90 science staff at AgResearch will be a fatal blow to agricultural research in New Zealand. Mr Edmeades believed the layoffs were not related to the dairy downturn, and that they followed a general downward trend in the amount of...

Our food story must tell the truth

[24 August/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Waikato University Agribusiness Professor, Jacqueline Rowarth said New Zealand needed to improve its marketing by basing it on facts, evidence and statistics rather than hype. Ms Rowarth said consumers are increasingly focused on where their food comes from, with a global trend towards natural, organic produce.  Ms Rowarth believed New...

Scientist Mike Joy ruffles dairying feathers again [15 May/ Business Day: NZ Farmer]

Massey University Freshwater Ecologist, Mike Joy has upset the dairy industry with a new report highlighting the costs of dairy farming to society. The report claimed it would take $15 billion to clean up the environment damaged by dairy farming, which is more than the amount dairy farming adds to the economy. Federated Farmers Dairy...

Agribiz targets bright kids

[1 December/ NZ Farmer] After piloting a new curriculum for year 12 and 13 students, which include career skills from agriscience and agritechnology to agrimarketing and finance at St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton, an additional seven schools have formally signed up to the project to offer the subjects from 2016. The curriculum was developed through...

Easy wins for Kuriger, Muller

[22 September/ Rural News Group] The inaugural Dairy Woman of the Year, Barbara Kuriger and former Fonterra executive, Todd Muller comfortably won their Parliamentary seats on National Party tickets. Ms Kuriger, who was awarded the 2012 inaugural Dairy Woman of the Year award, graduated from the Global Women’s breakthrough programme and also served as a...

Columnist changes tack to book editor

[8 September/ NZ Farmers Weekly] NZ Farmers Weekly columnist, Alan Emerson, noted that sensible discussion of farming related topics has been missing from the election campaign to date in launching his new book, New Zealand Agriculture: An Economic Perspective, co-authored with Professor Jacqueline Rowarth and Professor Frank Scrimgeour (both of Waikato University). Mr Emerson said...

University agri-venture set pace for Fieldays

[11 June/ Business Day – NZ Farmer] Waikato University launched three new agricultural innovation initiatives at Fieldays, which included a dedicated agri-tech innovation manager, who will work with the university’s commercial unit, WaikatoLink, an agri-tech seed fund and an agri-tech entrepreneurial fellowship. The Deputy vice-chancellor, Professor Alister Jones said that the new model of connected...

New AgriHub to help exports

[12 June/ NZ Farmers Weekly] AgResearch, DairyNZ, Waikato University, NIWA, Landcare Research, Wintec, Lincoln University, Waikato Innovation Park and the Hamilton City Council have joined together to form the base of the Waikato AgriHub, designed to help the Government reach the goal of doubling exports by 2025. DairyNZ CEO, Tim Mackle said that responsible dairying...

Science logic loses out to emotion

[20 May/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Waikato University Agribusiness professor, Jacqueline Rowarth said that New Zealand farmers are suffering from an “era of illogic” with the Government’s push for economic growth being hindered by the Environmental Protection Authority and the Environment Court. Professor Rowarth said that the expert evidence used by the Board of Inquiry in...

Moves to corporate-style farms carry risk, opportunity

 [26 November/ 26 November] A leading academic has said that New Zealand farmers will encounter both opportunities and risks as they move from family-orientated farms to larger, more corporate style business operations. Waikato University’s Professor of Economics Frank Scrimegeour told the Future Farming conference in Wellington that the number of farms is declining significantly through...

Report suggests forestry will boom in Gisborne

 [11 October/ Radio New Zealand Rural] A large economic impact is expected to result from forestry operations in the Gisborne-Tairawhiti region, according to a report released by Waikato University. Commissioned by the Eastland Wood Council, the Waikato University study highlights forestry as ranking alongside agriculture as a contributor to the regional economy. Growth in forestry...

AgResearch plan seen as risky

 [1 October/ Business Day] Waikato University Agribusiness Professor Jacqueline Rowarth has highlighted the risk that AgResearch faces in restructuring its business. She said that farmer engagement risks being jeopardised. Ms Rowarth said that AgResearch’s decision to transfer staff around the country could compromise the organisation’s presence in the region. She said that researchers were less...

Farmers just not earning enough to climb out of debt – Rowarth

[9 July/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Farming’s record debt is due to poor returns and demands for compliance, according to a leading agribusiness specialist, Jacqueline Rowarth of Waikato University. The Latest Reserve Bank monthly data report on the agricultural sector showed debt climbing to $422 million in May to $50.7 billion, 5 per cent higher...

Interest in agribusiness funding possibilities

 [12 June/ Business Day] The Government is exploring issues around investing government managed funds in agribusiness innovation, according to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce. Mr Joyce spoke via satellite from Wellington at a recent meeting of agribusiness leaders at Waikato University. He answered questions posed by the audience around investing a percentage of the New...