"AGMARDT's support for the Young Viticulturist of the Year competition has endorsed its value as well as helping us grow the competition further this year. We introduced a fifth region to the competition as well as Education Days prior to each regional competition. The AGMARDT $5,000 scholarship also gives the winner the opportunity to further their knowledge and skillset by visiting an international wine region - fantastic!" – Nicky Grandorge, National Co-ordinator, Young Viticulturist of the Year

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Taranaki Farmer Joins AGMARDT as Associate Trustee

13 May 2019

AGMARDT has announced the appointment of Liam O'Sullivan as the next Associate Board Member to join its Board of Trustees.

AGMARDT Chairman Tony Egan said, "The Board is delighted with Liam's appointment. There was a lot of interest in the role and the quality of applications was excellent."

"The purpose of creating the Associate Board Member position is to provide an emerging agribusiness leader with an opportunity to observe and experience governance in action within an innovative agribusiness environment."

Liam O'Sullivan farms a Coastal Taranaki dairy farm milking 400 cows where he and his family have been since 2014. Prior to this he had a 16-year Agri banking career working in roles across the North Island which included holding Senior Regional leadership positions. He is a recent graduate of the Fonterra Governance Development Programme (2018), holds a Bachelor of Agriculture and a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Studies (Valuation) and has held governance and advisory board positions in farming companies. He is currently a member of the Taranaki Dairy Environment leaders' group.

"I am stoked to be part of the AGMARDT team and look forward to contributing to the good work the Trust does to add to the bright future of the Agricultural, Horticultural and Forestry sectors through supporting science, innovation, customer insights and people development."

"Developing people with good leadership and governance skills is paramount given the importance of agribusiness to the New Zealand economy. AGMARDT intends to continue to support initiatives focused on growing leadership skills and good governance" said Mr Egan.

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