Mat Hocken with daughter, Gabrielle, 18 months, wife Jana and three-year-old Annabelle.

Food’s ‘wicked problems’

Farmers still face volatility and uncertainty in the years ahead, despite easier technology, Nuffield scholar Mat Hocken says. Glenys Christian reports. New Zealand farmers and growers need to lead from the middle if they are to solve the challenges they face, Manawatu dairy farmer, Mat Hocken believes. The Nuffield scholar spoke at the MobileTech Conference in Rotorua at the end …

Steve Reed and Sarel Van der Merwe – the truck interview – a good place to talk about technical skills.

Recruiting, 2018-style

Getting the right people on board is essential to a successful business. Anne Lee  sees how Steve and Angela Reed recruited a farm manager for their Canterbury dairy conversion. A YouTube video and a family photograph both played a part in bringing Canterbury farm owners and their soon-to-be farm managers together through the recruitment process but there was plenty of …