Thursday, 12 July 2012 08:31

Summit to tackle farm succession

Written by 

A Farm Succession Summit at Massey University tomorrow and Saturday will bring together leading researchers and stakeholders from New Zealand and around the world.

The event on July 13-14 at the Manawatu campus is hosted by OneFarm, the Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management, a joint venture between Massey and Lincoln universities.

OneFarm team member Tom Phillips says national and international farm succession experts, rural professionals and industry representatives will attend the summit.

"The aim is to gather information so we can then produce quality professional development programmes for rural professionals," he says.

The issue of farm succession is one that needs addressing, Phillips says. "A recent survey by the ANZ Bank found 80% of farmers indicated farms succession was an issue for them, but less than 10 per cent had a succession plan in place. The tools are there, so why is this not happening?"

Phillips says with the value and size of farms increasing, and the complex dynamics of families, succession is increasingly becoming an issue.

Speakers at the summit include Matt Lobley of the Centre for Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, Heather Watson from Farm Management Canada and David Goeller of the North Central Risk Management Education Centre at the University of Nebraska in the United States.

Representatives from national stakeholder groups such as DairyNZ, the New Zealand Dairy Women's Network and Young Farmers will also attend.

The Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management is a joint venture by Lincoln and Massey universities, with the support of DairyNZ and the Government through the Primary Growth Partnership.

It combines capability from both universities and co-ordinates the supply of research, education and professional development to meet the agriculture industry's needs.

More like this

A glimmer of hope for NZ strong wool?

A Lincoln-based wool products company believes it offers a glimmer of hope against the increasing negativity currently saturating New Zealand’s strong wool industry.

National

Job losses worry meat sector

New Zealand's meat processing industry says, while it supports moves away from coal, it has some major concerns about cuts…

Manawatu's economy bouncing back

Although the national economy is still functioning below pre-pandemic levels and the road ahead remains uncertain, the Manawatu region appears…

Machinery & Products

Real handy in all situations

Listening to customers across all sectors of agriculture helps the Handypiece team design and engineer options to make its unit…

Film binding now available

The Kuhn VBP 3100 series variable chamber baler-wrapper combination can now be equipped with the patented Kuhn Twin-reel film binding…

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Great idea

OPINION: Your old mate has long argued Landcorp’s farming business – Pamu – is a bigger dog than he is.

Unemployable?

OPINION: Your canine crusader shakes his head at the complete lack of practical and real-world knowledge in both government and…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter