Scholar profile – John Foley

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John Foley

John Foley

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.

The world is changing, and to keep up, New Zealand needs to be world-class at research and value creation – Innovation is the common denominator. We need to re-imagine our science and innovation models to give agriculture the best opportunity to contribute to a more prosperous New Zealand.

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Current employment

PGG Wrightson Seeds Limited
Senior Agronomist – Seed Production

Senior Seed Production Agronomist

Kimihia Research Centre Site Manager

Other Affiliations


Massey University Business School
Advisory Board Member

My Farm Investments

New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust
Former Associate Director

Federated Farmers Manawatu-Rangitikei
Former Dairy Chairman






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

Additional Training & Awards


KPMG Agribusiness Agenda: Emerging Leaders Cohort


Catapult Leadership Development Programme

2011 - 2012

DPF Consultancy, Guizhou, China


Doing Business in China, Zhongnan University, Wuhan, China

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