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Agriculture

Agricultural production is critical to feeding the population of the world.

Our approach

We teach well beyond the farm gate. Our agricultural-focused programmes involve training in primary industry systems, but also in agricultural science, commerce, agribusiness, supply chains, marketing and property to meet the requirements of domestic and international markets.
 
We use real-world examples and practical experiences to produce graduates who can immediately make a difference in the field. New Zealand is a world leader in agriculture, and we have been training world-leading agricultural specialists for nearly 140 years.
 
You can be part of that history and write a new chapter yourself.
 
Students must do a period of industry-based work experience as a requirement of all the agriculture programmes. This could range from a dairy farm to an allied industry of your choice.

Testimonials

HUEY VAN VLIET
Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture), Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
Business Analyst, Landcorp Farming Ltd
 
Attending Lincoln University meant Huey van Vliet could combine his interests in the fields of agriculture and commerce.
 
“Lincoln provided me with a huge range of opportunities and throughout my studies I was able to relate what I was learning to my practical knowledge. I believe the network I have developed during my time there will become increasingly more valuable as I forge my career.”
 
Originally from the Wairarapa, Huey got a rugby contract in the Netherlands playing for both the national side and the Haagsche Rugby Club.
 
“Not only did I achieve my goals academically at Lincoln, but I had some great experiences and made lifelong friends. I’m really proud of what I have accomplished and it has definitely provided a launching pad for my future.”
 
MARTYN OOSTVEEN
Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture)
Rural Property Valuer, Landmass
 
Former BCom student Martyn Oostveen says Lincoln University is the future for specialist, land-based property degrees.
 
“Ever since I started working in the industry, I have noticed that employers are shouting out for motivated graduates,” he says.
Martyn completed his studies at Lincoln University in 2015, receiving a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) in Rural Valuation and Agricultural Management.
 
He is now based in Tauranga, where he works as a rural property valuer for Landmass. The prospect of attending Lincoln University appealed to him because he knew he wanted an agricultural degree with a strong focus in property.
 
“Then I decided that valuation was what I wanted to do,” he says. “The best part of my study was inspecting properties for valuation reports. There were vacant blocks, improved residential properties and full-blown, intensive, irrigated dairy farms.”
 
Martyn stresses that it is important to ask questions during lectures, rather than simply sitting and listening.
 
“Even if you look dumb, get straight to the point,” he says. The courses offered him the technical skills he needed, as well as the terminology and he describes the lecturers as “excellent and experienced”.

Career outcomes

Here are some of the careers that have been pursued by our agriculture graduates:
 
Account Manager - Agribusiness Sales
Advisor - Plant Exports
Agribusiness Consultant
Agri Manager
Agricultural Scientist
Agri-Tourism Operator
Agronomist/Research Agronomist
Animal Health/Nutrition Specialist
Production Specialist
Auditor - Food and Dairy
Breeder
Business Analyst
Client Manager (Rural Finance
Communications Advisor
Customs Officer
Environmental Consultant
Extension Manager
Farm Accountant
Farm Manager
Farm Operations Manager
Fertiliser Representative
Finance Officer
Geneticist
Grower Liaison
Head Shepherd
Horticulture Exporter
Human Resources Manager
Irrigation Designer
Irrigation Engineer
Laboratory Technician
Livestock Agent/Representative
Marketing and Sales Manager
Employee for the Ministry of Agriculture
Nutrient Specialist
Plant Breeding Technician
Plant breeder
Policy Advisor/Analyst
Production Manager
Productivity Officer/Manager
Project Manager/Officer
Researcher
Rural Banker
Rural Manager - Insurance
Rural Property Valuer
Sales Representative
Seed Production Technician
Sharemilker
Soil Nutrition Consultant
Soil Scientist
Stock Manager
Sustainability Developer
Sustainability Services Manager
Technical Representative
Territory Manager
Wool Buyer

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