There are several groups and organisations you can belong to that will help you to expand your network and grow your leadership and business skills.
Provinces … connecting real farmers; Federated Farmers represents over 26,000 farming and rural members throughout New Zealand.
A network of 24 provinces, together with associated area networks or branches, provides a locally based, democratic organisation that gives farmers a collective voice nationally and within each region.
The provincial networks work on local, regional and national issues to develop solutions and submissions on policy or requirements that impact on the business of farming. They provide a network for discussion and collaboration on topical issues and initiatives, and have the ability to mobilise larger groups especially in response to adverse events.
The networks in the provinces are made up of real farmers who have a sound understanding of the local challenges. They also have links to other local business networks and to the Federation’s advocacy and support resources.
The Lincoln University Alumni network is open to all graduates and those who have attended Lincoln, whether it was Canterbury Agricultural College, Lincoln College or Lincoln University. Graduates currently number over 30,000, live in 52 countries around the globe and range in age from nineteen to ninety-seven. To remain connected to your place of study, receive regular communication and invitations to events, check out our website.
The Rural Business Network, funded by the RMPP and DairyNZ, brings farmers and rural business professionals together at regular events, with motivational speakers and inspiring topics. Through the sharing of ideas and innovative opportunities that these meetings provide, participants are likely to improve their on-farm productivity and increase their industry networks and collaboration with other like-minded individuals. There are nine network hubs running throughout the country: Northland, Waikato, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago and Southland; with several new networks planned.