FarmIQ is ‘bringing it all together’ with the announcement of Warren Parker as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Warren brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in agricultural systems, farm management and governance.
Warren achieved a PhD in animal sciences at Massey University and went on to spend 18 years in various roles; from lecturing as a Professor of Agribusiness and Resource Management to supervising the 9,000 stock unit Roversdale Farm in the Wairarapa. In the early 1980s, he was involved in the pioneering application of computers for feed budgeting and financial management at Massey University; and has maintained a close interest in software tools and models since while at AgResearch, Landcare Research and Scion.
The journey to Chairman of FarmIQ
Warren holds and has held numerous board roles including on Predator Free 2050 Ltd, Farmlands Co-operative Society, Genomics Aotearoa and as Chair of the Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group. As the current Chair of Pāmu, he is incredibly well connected and adept in the machinery of government; both local and central.
Warren’s vision for FarmIQ is what’s most exciting:“I’ve been following FarmIQ’s progress since its inception – its focus has always been on adding value by supporting better decision making and the collection of information that supports better financial results, supply chain assurance, health & safety and efficient compliance. Environmental and climate imperatives have increased the urgency to get efficient software solutions in place for farmers."
FarmIQ’s software and capabilities are used by more than 5000 farming businesses, and this provides a logical and proven foundation for growth and helps landowners comply with new legislation and market expectations. A lot of leading science is incorporated into FarmIQ, it can link with NAIT and be used in conjunction with the likes of FARMAX, Overseer and Toitu Envirocare. As such FarmIQ provides very large economic potential for the agricultural sector.”
The big picture has always been a focus
The big picture has always been a focus at FarmIQ and when asked where he thinks the business will be in five years: “It has all the ingredients and ambition necessary to become the national leading software choice for land managers in New Zealand and will have grown its presence internationally. It will be a good partner, respected collaborator and admired for its practicality. There is a lot to do but I’m excited by the high caliber of the FarmIQ people and their enthusiasm to help farmers.”
It's an exciting time at FarmIQ. We're entering a growth phase supported by key industry players, have a new mobile app just around the corner, and now a respected agri-sector leader in Warren Parker helping drive the team into the future.