What did you get from the Kellogg Rural Leadership programme?
I asked this of fellow graduates at the programme’s silver jubilee celebrations last night. The answer was that we had all gained confidence and contacts.
Kellogg started at Lincoln 30 years ago but hasn’t run every year so the current intake was the 25th.
One of the people who’s spoken to every group is Ruth Richardson who addressed us last night.
She left us with two messages: public policy matters; and the most important meeting we have each day should be with ourselves – i.e. we should always make time for an hour of exercise.
The other speaker was Dr David Hughes, Emeritus professor of food marketing at Imperial College London.
He pointed out that the developing economies where we’re hoping to sell more produce eat a lot more white meat than red.
He also said that New Zealand’s reputation for very high standards of food safety is our biggest asset. But while people overseas think we produce good food most can’t name anything we grow because we produce more ingredients than value added food.