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July 2021

A month to go for 2022 Nuffield Scholarship Applications. These close on 15 August. If you know someone who could benefit from a scholarship, please encourage them to apply now. To help them, there is now a writing guide on the web page with some top tips on how to put together an application.

In our podcast ‘Ideas that grow’, we talk with Trish Rankin on doing better with farm rubbish.

And is there a link between animal welfare, mental health and farm succession? We interview 2009 Nuffield Farming Scholar Mandi McLeod in ‘Alumni in the Spotlight.’

Finally, congratulations to Kellogg course 43, who graduated on Friday, 9 July.

We hope you enjoy this issue of The Rural Leader.

The team at Rural Leaders

In this issue:

The Rural Leaders podcast.

In this month’s episode, Bryan Gibson talks to current Catchment Group facilitator and recently appointed AGMARDT Associate Board Member, Trish Rankin.

In 2019 Trish was Dairy Woman of the year and completed a Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme in the same year. For her Kellogg research she looked at on-farm rubbish and the ‘take, make, dispose’ economy that creates it.  

Building on this, Trish discusses responsibly tackling the rubbish a farm can generate and some strategies to improve on the past’s ‘throw it in a hole’ mentality. Trish wants us all to do better with rubbish.

Click here to listen to her podcast.

Click here to read her report – What a Waste: My Story

Nuffield News

The search for the next Nuffield Scholars is underway.

Applications for the 2022 Nuffield Farming Scholarships are now open. We would like to ask you, our Nuffield and Kellogg Alumni and industry partners, to approach any potential candidates you may know and encourage them to apply.

Applications close 15th August. Click to go to the application page.

You can download and share our updated brochure here:

A quick guide to preparing your Nuffield application.

So, you’re looking to craft a cut-through Nuffield Scholarship application.

If you’re like most people, the real struggle is getting started. There is something you can do while you stare blankly at the blinking cursor – ask yourself why?

Why am I applying for a Nuffield Scholarship? Your motivation is important. It will help you form a plan. And a plan usually leads to a better crafted anything.


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In case you missed it - 2021 Primary Sector Insights Report.

If you haven’t had time to read the 2021 Insights Report, click on the icon below to download your copy.

The report compiles insights from ten emerging food and fibre sector leaders, viewed under five pillars: Incentives, Innovation, People, Silos and Leadership.

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Dead-ends or Transformation...

Shannon Harnett, Daniel Eb and David Eade, talked recently with Sarah Perriam on Sarah’s Country about the 2021 New Zealand Nuffield Scholars’ Primary Sector Insights Report.

Watch the video to the right or listen to the audio track.

Kellogg News

Congratulations to newly graduated Kellogg course 43 /2021.

2022 Kellogg course dates.

Applications for the first 2022 course close 14 November, 2021.

Kellogg 2022 Course Dates
Lincoln Course 1: 25 January – 8 July 2022
Applications close: 14 November 2021

Lincoln Course 2: 21 June – 2 December 2022
Applications close: 17 April 2022

We are always happy to take early applications.  Apply now.

Alumni in the Spotlight

Mandi McLeod on succession, animal welfare and mental health.

We caught up with 2009 Nuffield Scholar Mandi McLeod, who was speaking to us from Pirongia, Waikato.

Mandi is an agri-business consultant who specialises in farm animal welfare, on both sides of the supply chain.  

You can read her full interview here.

Read her Nuffield report Family business continuance: A global perspective here.

News from our investing partners

“Barriers to International Trade” Report.

The Meat Industry Association and Beef+Lamb New Zealand have published our biannual “Barriers to International Trade” Report. This report scopes the tariff and non-tariff barriers that the sector faces and sets out the context for the sector’s global trade.

It is an important analysis aimed at supporting the New Zealand Government’s efforts to open new markets and resolve trade barriers.

Link to the report

Farmers have voted to continue paying the sheep meat and beef levy and also supported an increase to the sheep meat levy. 

Here’s a link to the latest Farmers weekly article.

Industry news

Call to all scholars: Update your details.

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