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Richard Rennie

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Rural journalism has been a very circular journey for Richard Rennie. It kicked off working with fellow Farmers Weekly reporter Hugh almost 30 years ago at NZ Farmer. After a decade-plus years he then went sharemilking with his wife Lauraine in Waikato, owned a restaurant and finally returned to the keyboard just over a decade later. He’s had a long association with Dean and Cushla Williamson, and remains inspired by their energy and commitment, reminding him what a great publication he works in. Spare time is spent surfing in BoP, rowing in the harbour and cooking.

New role shifts from paddock to cell

For generations New Zealand’s agricultural academies have had a pastoral focus, usually with dairy and meat production at their heart. The decision by AgResearch and the Riddet Institute to recruit a professor for cellular agriculture research highlights how times are changing. Richard Rennie reports.