Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Weir takes up AGMARDT associate board position

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Waikato farmer, agribusiness consultant and Farmers Weekly columnist specialises in land use diversification.
Waikato farmer and Nuffield scholar Phillip Weir said an organisation’s roles of agricultural extension and political advocacy can be in conflict with one another.
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Nuffield scholar and Farmers Weekly columnist Phil Weir has been appointed an associate board member of the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust, AGMARDT.

Weir is a Waikato farmer and agribusiness consultant who has specialised in land use diversification from an economic, systems and succession perspective.  He completed the Kellogg Rural Leadership programme, and as well as being a Nuffield Scholar is chair of the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Mid Northern North Island Farmer Council. 

“The board of trustees and I are very much looking forward to supporting Phil on his leadership and governance journey,” AGMARDT chair Nick Pyke said. 

“He will bring a unique perspective to AGMARDT through both strategic and practical angles. While he’s added a huge amount of value to New Zealand’s food and fibre sector already, we believe he has the potential for even greater impact through governance.” 

The AGMARDT associate trustee position was created in 2011 to give emerging leaders an opportunity to learn and develop. The position supports AGMARDT’s ongoing mission to support people and ideas and links into its purpose of being bold in driving the sector forward, putting people at the heart of what it does, and focusing on the things that create the most impact. 

Weir said the opportunity to work with the organisation is exciting.

“I’m looking forward to supporting fantastic people who have great ideas that will both change the future of New Zealand Food and Fibre production and will be essential in its future,” he said. 

As an associate, Weir will attend board meetings and develop his own governance development programme in conjunction with the board during his 18-month term. 

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