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2020 Nuffield Scholar profile – Tracy Brown

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2020 Scholar

Tracy Brown

Biography

Tracy lives near Matamata on a 700 cow, 310ha farm ‘Tiroroa’ with husband Wynn and four children. Tracy originates from Northland (Te Rarawa, Ngai Tupoto).

Their farm ‘Tiroroa’ (view to the future)  won the Waikato Ballance Farm Environment ‘Supreme Award’ and the Fonterra Farm Source ‘Responsible Dairying’ Award.  

Tracy has been leading environmental change for dairy through her roles as Chair of the DairyNZ Dairy Environment Leaders Programme, Chair of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards Alumni, and as farmer representative on the Dairy Environment Leadership Group (DELG) which oversees the Water Accord.  She has also recently been appointed by Cabinet to the Essential Freshwater Independent Advisory Panel. Tracy was the winner of the Sustainable Business Network ‘Sustainability Superstar’ Award in 2018.

She has been involved with setting the future direction for dairy on the ‘Dairy Tomorrow’ Working Group, and has worked as an Agricultural Economist in the sheep and beef industry prior to entering dairying.  She is both a Kellogg and Escalator Alumni and her strengths are in strategy, collaboration and connectedness. 

Tracy has had a number of other community, regional and national leadership and governance roles including maori/iwi governance and Board of Trustees roles in between bringing up four children.

Mat’s report aims to provide a model for generating and capturing ideas to solve the wicked problems of food and agriculture.

The key element to solving this is bringing to bear the focus, passion, practical application and entrepreneurial drive of our farmers and growers. The innovation model needs to put them at the centre and build an innovation consciousness amongst our farmers and growers.
Read the full report >>

Current employment

DairyNZ
Director

Tiroroa Farms
Director/Shareholder

Other Affiliations

DairyNZ Dairy Environment Leaders Forum
Chair

Ballance Farm Environment Awards
Chair

Farming Sustainably for Profit (FSFP) Farmer led MfE/MPI Vision for 2050 Group

Agri-womens Development Trust
Alumni

Contact

tiroroa@icloud.com

Region

Waikato

Industry

Dairy

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Education

2000

University of Waikato
Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management

1997

Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme
Graduate

1992

Massey University
Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Hons 

Scholarships & Awards

2018

Sustainable Business Network Awards, ‘Sustainability Superstar’

2018

Dairy Industry Awards, Fonterra Farm Source ‘Responsible Dairying’ Award

2017

Westpac Women of Influence Awards, Rural Finalist

2010

Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Awards Supreme Award

PGG Wrightson Land & Life Award & Hill Laboratories Harvest Award

2001

Waikato Farm Environment Award Trust, Habitat Enhancement Award

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