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Selwyn Times: September 20, 2016

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32 Tuesday September 20 2016 SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Lincoln Hub to safeguard NZ global competitiveness Facilitating innovation in the agricultural sector is crucial if the industry is to meet the challenge of safeguarding New Zealand’s global competitiveness in the future. That is the key principle behind Lincoln Hub, the innovation network, education and research precinct based at Lincoln, which recently unveiled its new identity and gifted name. Lincoln Hub chairwoman Sue Suckling said the Hub is set to deliver value to the Canterbury region and New Zealand, as a specialist network and innovation cluster involving businesses, research and education developing cutting-edge agribusiness solutions. Lincoln Hub’s proposition is strengthened by having a research university at its core, making education a key part of its focus, she said. “We aim to facilitate sustainable solutions to agricultural problems and opportunities, through growing an innovation precinct at Lincoln and a global agricultural science network. This will enable the commercialisation of new ideas into products and services, while capitalising on New Zealand’s world-leading reputation in agriculture. “Lincoln Hub has grown from the idea that to meet the challenges of the future, the agricultural sector will need to innovate and create new ways of doing things.” The board of Lincoln Hub has formalised the entity’s purpose, which is to be a gateway for business and an industry-led organisation Not just a tyre shop! On-FaRM SERViCES No CaLLout Fee (SElwyn diSTRiCT) aGRiCUlTURal TyRES Courtesy car available. Kiddie’s toys & entertainment. 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It will connect organisations to address the need for sustainable agribusiness solutions through collaborations, partnerships, technology and testing environments, adding value to producers, businesses and scientific expertise, while providing unique education opportunities, Ms Suckling said. “Over the coming couple of years the Lincoln precinct will grow to a huge concentration of 900-plus agricultural scientists– representing a very significant resource.” The hub will work and collaborate with other similar entities around New Zealand including Te Hono Movement, Callaghan Innovation, Food HQ and other innovation parks around New Zealand. These connections will give Lincoln Hub a place in not only New Zealand’s “agri ecosystem” but also connections internationally. Lincoln Hub, which has five founding shareholders – Lincoln University, AgResearch, Landcare Research, Plant & Food Research and DairyNZ – has engaged actively with local rūnanga Te Taumutu, which has gifted the name He Puna Karikari. The name is a metaphor for exploration, cultivation and leadership in land, water and natural resources. The word ‘puna’ is used in the extended sense of a spring of knowledge, a flow of knowledge, and a point of origin. Karikari means to dig, to cultivate – and reflects the fruit of that labour. Lincoln Hub is in discussions with several international businesses interested in potential research collaborations and educational opportunities, said Ms Suckling. “We expect such partnerships to directly benefit Canterbury and New Zealand. This will come about through Lincoln Hub assisting organisations to find the best team to develop and commercialise science and research innovations for the benefit of the agricultural sector, improving productivity and competitiveness,” said Ms Suckling. In developing Lincoln Hub’s purpose, the board took inspiration from successful examples of innovation clusters overseas including Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands and Norwich Research Park in the United Kingdom. “Overseas examples have shown that when you bring industry, research and education together, it creates an ideal environment for innovation. We’re creating an ecosystem at Lincoln that will draw on international best practice and help increase New Zealand’s global profile as a leader in agribusiness innovation,” Ms Suckling said. 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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday September 20 2016 33 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Control the controllables tips at Dairy workshop DairyNZ’s Tactics for Spring event to be held in Culverden later this month is aimed at helping farmers manage their pasture during the most productive time of the year. The event will be held on 27 September at the Mossman property and is scheduled at the beginning of the ‘money months’ when more pasture will be grown and more milk produced than any other time of the year. With uncertainty around where milk prices will go, DairyNZ research and development general manager Dr David McCall is urging farmers to focus on what they can control. “Our research shows pasture, without any input other than basic fertiliser, drives more than 85 percent profit for most farms at a $7.00 per kg MS milk price, but 98 percent at a $4.00 milk price. So it makes sense to get our focus clearly set on managing this important feed source well – we’ve got to make the most of it, particularly this spring,” says David. “Profitable farmers, no matter what system they run, have a ‘pasture first’ mentality. They measure and work to optimise the cheapest feed source – home grown pasture in spring,” says David. The events are focused on helping farmers grow and harvest more spring pasture with topics including optimising pasture growth, managing pasture quality and effectively incorporating crops into the system. “Growing and harvesting an extra tonne of dry matter that has already been paid for can reduce costs by around $0.33 per kgMS – pushing farms closer to breakeven or further into profit.” Tips for spring include: • Act quickly to remove supplement when balance date arrives. • Balance date occurs when soil temperatures are greater than 10 degrees Celsius and pasture cover is at least 2,000kg DM/ha. • Once balance date is achieved, pasture will meet the nutrient needs of the cow including getting them in calf. Supplement will not improve reproduction if sufficient pasture is on-hand. • Aggressively identify paddocks for conservation to maintain quality. Event details: Canterbury/North Otago Culverden, September 27; Mid Canterbury, September 28; For more information visit dairynz.co.nz/tactics Your land. Your people. Your stories. Every Wednesday at 7.30pm on CTV Freeview Channel 40 live and on demand at ctv.co.nz Brought to you by