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Scholar profile – John Foley

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John Foley

2021 Scholar

Bio & research

John Foley is a Senior Seed Production Agronomist for PGG Wrightson Seeds (PGW Seeds). PGW Seeds is a proprietary seed company based in Canterbury. John’s role is in seed production research and precision agriculture.

He also has oversight of the company’s 171-hectare research farm near Lincoln. The research that John is involved in is in the arable sector. This is a highly specialised industry that produces seeds and grains for domestic and international markets.

John sees the arable sector as a good example of innovation and collaboration that delivers value for seed growers and sector companies. As part of PGW Seeds international activities, John has worked extensively in Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil – assisting in the development of seed production capabilities in that region.

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

PGG Wrightson Seeds Limited
Senior Agronomist – Seed Production
Programme Leader – Precision Agriculture
Project Owner – Crop recording and Geospacial Tool Roject

Kimihia Research Centre
Site Manager

Other Affiliations

 

Massey University Business School
Advisory Board Member

My Farm Investments
Director

New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust
Former Associate Director

Federated Farmers Manawatu-Rangitikei
Former Dairy Chairman

Contact

Region

Canterbury

Industry

Arable
Agribusiness

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Mat Hocken

Education

2009
MBA, University of Canterbury
2004
Certificate in Seed Technology, Lincoln University
1998
BCom Agriculture, Lincoln University

Additional Training & Awards

2018

Sentis Health and Safety Leadership Training

2015

KPMG Agribusiness Agenda: Emerging Leaders Cohort

2013

Catapult Leadership Development Programme

2007

Doing Business in China, Zhongnan University, Wuhan, China

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