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Welcome to the April issue of the Rural Leader newsletter.
In the last few weeks, I’ve had the privilege to join with the DairyNZ Environment Leaders Forum in Wellington, the Dairy Women’s Network Awards night in Taupo and the Good Employer Awards hosted by MPI and AGMARDT in Parliament and Ian Proudfoot’s Agri Agenda discussions.
What has really struck me is that in every instance, Kellogg and Nuffield Scholars were either organising, leading, award finalists, were recipients or their insights and research were referenced in discussion.
There is a whakatauki that goes Ma Nga Hua Tu Tangata. By our actions we are known.
As the current custodian of the gift that is Nuffield and Kellogg, I thought I’d take this moment to acknowledge my predecessors and all our scholars who are innovating, influencing, and impacting our country and our communities.
Our very own 2018 Kellogger Belinda Price is this year’s Dairy Woman of the Year. She won the award in competition with another Kellogger – Rebecca Miller!
Congratulations to you both and we look forward to your next successes!
We are pleased to announce that Ariana has recently been appointed to our Board of Trustees as an independent member. She brings a wealth of experience in policy, economic and research roles in public and industry organisations across the agri-food sector.
She has a passion for Maori prosperity and motivation to work for the betterment of Aoteaora New Zealand achieved through innovation and new research in the primary sector.
Preparations are underway for the 2022 Nuffield Scholarship campaign, which will be officially launched on 1 June 2021.
As we do every year, we appeal to you all, our Nuffield and Kellogg alumni and industry partners to think about who in your networks has vision and enthusiasm and would make a great scholar. Please make sure you shoulder tap them and take the time to share your experiences with them to light the spark.
Applying for Nuffield is not a quick decision and requires commitment, so the earlier you identify a potential scholar and start talking to them – the better the chance for them preparing a strong application.
To book accommodation at the Copthorne Solway Park Hotel at the special negotiated rate of $155 per night, you will need to phone the hotel on (06) 370 0500 and give them the group reference number #71062.
Dorian Garrick began his research career at Massey University after a B.Agr.Sc (Hons) degree. He did a PhD at Cornell University in upstate New York, then returned to Massey University and developed new across-breed approaches to evaluation of our dairy cattle that led to the BW system. He was appointed Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics at age 34.
After 15 years working at Colorado State and Iowa State Universities, he returned part-time to Massey University in 2016 as Chief Scientist of the AL Rae Centre of Genetics and Breeding at Ruakura.
Over the years he has enjoyed hosting a number of Nuffield scholars from various parts of the world – on his small deer, sheep and cattle farm when he lived in the Manawatu, or at his homes in Colorado or Iowa. Dorian now spends most of his time in the Bay of Plenty.
Keith Woodford consults as an agri-food systems specialist through his own company AgriFood Systems Ltd. He holds an M Agr Sc degree from Lincoln University and a PhD from University of Queensland. Keith now holds honorary appointments as Professor of AgriFood Systems at Lincoln University and as Senior Research Fellow at the Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University, Wellington.
In a long career, Keith has worked in more than 20 countries across all continents including Antarctica, specialising at various times in farm management, agribusiness, rural development, agricultural economics, agricultural science, human nutrition, the integration of all of the above into agri-food systems, and even mountain guiding.
2021 is shaping up as an amazing year for Kellogg. We will have two Lincoln-based courses and one regional course in Northland – the first of its kind. All of them are fully subscribed. We have a great mix of people, representing all parts of the country and a wide range of industry experience and expertise.
Don’t forget to share through your networks the 2022 Kellogg opportunities and encourage potential applicants to apply. We always happy to take early applications.
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 really pleased to have our first regional course begging in May 2021. As you already know, it is in Whangārei. The curriculum will be similar to the Lincoln-based courses, but with a particular focus on regional issues and an exciting line up of presenters who will deliver content and discussions of both national and regional importance.
We would like to acknowledge AGMARDT for their support for this initiative and their invaluable assistance in making this regional programme possible.
2018 & 2020 Kelloggers, Rebecca Miller and Brent Miller were finalists at the Primary Industries Good Employer Awards under the category Employee Development Award. Rebecca was also a finalist for the Dairy Woman of the Year.
Congratulations to both of them and we are sure we will hear more from them in the future as this is not the first recognition for their work and leadership! Well done!
Cam Henderson (2019 Nuffield Scholar) was recently featured in the Farmer’s Weekly article – Voice for Farmers.
“With environmental and sustainability issues at the fore, it can be difficult to keep up and have a firm understanding of rules and regulations, but Canterbury farmers are being given a helping hand, with one lending his voice to other farmers and working hard to help them stay ahead of freshwater regulations… >> click here to keep reading
Key accountabilities in this pivotal role will be to provide leadership across the industry through being an influencer in thought leadership on food and fibre future trends and building strategic relationships and networks that allow collaborations across the sector.
In May, all farmers nationwide will be able to join two interactive webinars, showcasing the event’s economic insights and scientific solutions.
The Knowledge Hub Podcast presents episode 7: Science on Farm with Richard McDowell discussing “What is being done to support and lead change on a farm level?”
Click on the image below to listen to the podcast or visit https://groundhq.nz/#podcasts to check all the episodes (scroll down the page to find all the episodes in this series).
Rural Leaders are updating our Scholar’s records to further develop the search functionality on our website. The aim of this work is to make it easier for people to search for Scholar Research Reports on our website and to keep up to date with any new innovations, ideas and work being undertaken within the primary sector by our Nuffield and Kellogg Alumni.
Please spare a few minutes to update your details below to let us know what you have been up to recently.