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To The Core

Farmlands Co-operative and Silver Fern Farms Co-operative are pleased to welcome applications for our award winning rural governance leadership programme – To The Core. 

This unique programme has been designed for Farmlands and Silver Fern Farms shareholders and gives participants an opportunity to learn more about governance in our co-operatives, as well as develop skills needed to operate at board level. 

Where: Farmlands Support Office, 535 Wairakei Road, Burnside, Christchurch
When: Wednesday 19th June – Friday 21st June 2019

We have an outstanding line up of top speakers, as well as opportunities to discuss issues impacting boards. Topics include:

  • A perspective on agribusiness co-operative boards – strategy and structure
  • How to navigate boards through risk and market disruption
  • The future of farming and impacts for boards
  • Lessons learnt from being a new board Director

Programme fee: $495 plus GST
Closing application date: 22nd February 2019
Includes accommodation and all meals during the course.


Shareholders of both co-operatives are invited to apply for positions –numbers are limited.

Places are limited – please apply by 22nd February 2019.


 What programme attendees thought about the programme last year:

"So good to have an opportunity to better understand our co-ops, and I am very pleased to see the commitment to developing future Directors."
- Mel Montgomery, 2018

"I found the course to be thought provoking and stimulating which has confirmed my desire to pursue my own governance career. I’m sure that anyone who decides to accept a place on future courses will find clarity in their future, whether it be in governance or any other leadership opportunities, or perhaps taking their own business to the next level."
- Randal Hanrahan


If you have any questions about To The Core, please contact Clark Taylor (Shareholder Relations Manager, Silver Fern Farms) on