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The “sorely neglected” issue of farm business management is being addressed by a new centre.

NBR staff
Tue, 29 Mar 2011

The “sorely neglected” issue of farm business management is being addressed by a new centre.

Launched late last week, the Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management aims to improve the business of farming in New Zealand. It will supply research, education and professional development directly relevant to the needs of the agriculture industry, emphasising areas such as risk management, governance, financial control, people management, entrepreneurship and precision agriculture.

The centre is a joint venture between Massey and Lincoln Universities, with additional support from the government and Dairy NZ.

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says farm management capability in New Zealand has been sorely neglected in the past 25 years. “[It] is essential to an industry which needs to manage a style of productivity growth that does not increase our environmental footprint, whatever type of agriculture.”

Lincoln University vice-chancellor Professor Roger Field says the centre will also provide a co-ordinated front for industry interaction. “For example, if there is a regional need for a programme in the South Island, the centre can deliver this. It’s about using the best New Zealand and international talent to deliver as required.”

While a director will be appointed to lead the centre, university staff will be contracted in as required.

NBR staff
Tue, 29 Mar 2011
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