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What are our 2014 Scholars up to?

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They are also planning to present as a team at the B+LNZ Ag Innovation conference in May being organised by 2014 scholar Mel Poulton. Each person will highlight a couple of different trends or key global issues as they saw them, and how that relates to NZ Primary Industries and to our Farmers – what should farmers be aware of and plan for.
Lucy Griffiths (Cruikshank) got married in December and after that is back doing what she loves – marketing and sales strategy and coaching for NZ food companies. She’s currently working with a manuka honey company on exports to Dubai, an organic blackcurrant company, a meat company selling direct through facebook and promoting the bourgeoning sheep dairy industry up and down the Country. Her involvement in the Governance space is increasing and she was recently elected as Junior VP of the NZ Licensing Trust Association.
Paul Olsen has been busy back on the farm in full swing of potato harvest and despite dry conditions a good crop is promised. He has been active with articles around potato industry and is speaking at several conferences including the FAR conference in July.
Dan Shand is dealing with the drought in North Canterbury but has found time to judge the South Island Ballance Awards, including visits.
John Murphy has just handed in his report having an extension to allow him to complete his CSC. He took the opportunity to complete the last of his research before locking himself away to write up. He is now fully into his garlic harvesting.
Mel Poulton is back fully into her role with Beef & Lamb NZ while working out how she engages with industry to take the findings of her research to the next stage and into government strategy. Mel was our host for the GFP NZ group for 5 of the 6 days and was able to share her wealth of knowledge.