Kellogg course 42

Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme, Course 42, Lincoln, New Zealand

Kellogg course 42

Clean and Green NZ? Genetic technology and its future in New Zealand’s Pastoral Industry.

The purpose of this report is therefore to understand the current plant breeding technologies and compare them to the controversial genetic technologies which have recently become available to New Zealand.

My research details past, current, and future plant breeding methods, from cross and hybrid breeding, chemical and radiation breeding to new breeding technologies such as Genomic selection, Marker-assisted selection, Genetic modification, and Gene editing.

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This report aims to raise awareness of the importance of having a balanced and supportive approach to change. Making change can be separated into three buckets: imposed, collaborative, and change by choice. The clear difference in the change buckets comes through the perception of having control. Being in complete control is found in the change by choice bucket. Collaborative change retains a semblance of control (even if it’s not the farmer/grower’s choice), making it easier to navigate. The toughest version of change is imposed change, where the farmer/grower has little control nor collaboration. The perception of increased imposed change for NZ farmers/growers is something the primary industries need to be wary of, given the effect this change type has on mindset and profitability.

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Industry perceptions of the role of soil carbon in farm greenhouse gas emissions

Internationally increasing soil carbon in agricultural soils has the potential to offset greenhouse gas emissions. This project evaluates the role of soil carbon in relation to farm greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand. Agricultural soils in NZ have naturally higher levels of carbon than those overseas because they are typically younger and our practices include more restorative pasture and animal phases. Therefore we may not be able to increase soil carbon in the same way as international studies suggest.

The aim of this project was to examine the role of soil carbon in NZ and in relation to farm greenhouse gas emissions and policy. Key groups industry stakeholders were identified and interviewed. From the results themes were identified and analysed to answer the study questions.

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How well farmers understand their finances? Looking at the implications of low levels of financial literacy

The purpose of this report is to understand the current level of financial literacy within farming agricultural sector, be it, horticulture, arable, dairy, sheep and beef sectors. It is important to measure the current level of financial acumen to understand what the barriers are impacting one’s ability to upskill, and what the implications are to farmers and their wider support networks. From understanding the barriers and implications we can then conclude with recommendations to where and how farmers, rural professionals, industry-good organisations, software providers and government bodies can help improve and upskill one’s financial literacy to create resilient businesses and a stronger economy.

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From the Back Paddock to the Board Room: Dairy Women’s Network and Pathways to Gender Diversity in Governance

I explored the ways that we can get dairy farming women into New Zealand boardrooms to see better outcomes for our businesses and economy. This is not about men versus women or disregarding the importance of experience, it is about what we need to do to be closing the gender gap on boards, having diversity of thought around the boardroom and avoiding ‘group think’. It is about the individual having the confidence to bring their true self to the table and express their views.

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What is the true cost of transience to the New Zealand dairy industry?

This report investigates whether the dairy industry has an issue with labour transience and what it truly cost a business to lose and retrain a new employee. I needed to firstly find out If, when, where and how transience has become a problem in the dairy industry. Then what it truly cost a dairy farm to lose and replace an employee. Finally, I investigated the reasons people were leaving a job and was it preventable.

There were two parts to this research project 1) a literature review and 2) a survey of 23 dairy farmers to see what they thought about the cost of transience in the dairy industry.

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Understanding strategic alliances and their role in New Zealand agriculture

The purpose of this report is to investigate three key areas regarding strategic alliances:

1. Explore the benefits and risks associated with alliance relationships
2. Understand how to implement and maintain a strategic alliance
3. Investigate the current use of strategic alliances in the agriculture industry and the appetite for more collaboration

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Science communication – Responsibility and integrity in New Zealand’s primary sector

There is a disconnection of the public’s understanding of what happens to our food and fibre, through the supply chain, from pasture to plate. The objective of this research was to understand how New Zealand’s primary industry can communicate the importance of agricultural science more effectively to the New Zealand public, and who should be responsible for doing this. Understanding how the rural community views current government support for agricultural science and science funding is also important. The aim here is to determine how best to ensure that there is a better appreciation of the value of agricultural science to New Zealand’s bioeconomy.

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Untapped potential: Opportunities and challenges for water storage in New Zealand.

As demand begins to exceed supply access to water, or a lack thereof, will likely lead to increased social and political instability and tensions between neighbouring countries – particularly when there is a shared water resource involved.

Although New Zealand is unlikely to face some of the more extreme challenges that will arise globally, we will still have our own unique issues to overcome as a country. Already we are beginning to feel the impacts of a changing climate with more extreme weather patterns.

In 2020 much of the country experienced what many described as the worst drought on record. The issue is, this drought was not the only catastrophic drought in living memory – in fact, it wasn’t even the only catastrophic drought to hit New Zealand in the past decade. Only seven years earlier we had experienced similar scenes across much of the country.

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A business case for integrating a hazelnut orchard into an existing arable farm

This report investigates whether the integration of a hazelnut orchard into an existing Canterbury arable farm could provide:

• A profitable alternative to other common arable crops;
• A lower nitrate-N leaching profile than other common arable crops thereby bringing down the overall
leaching profile of a farm; and,
• An opportunity to sequester carbon on-farm in order to offset the charges associated with agricultural greenhouse gas emissions that will be in place from 2025 onwards.

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Our programmes work in partnership with some of New Zealand’s leading agribusiness organisations – click here for more.​