Jo has been a rural journalist and communicator for 25 years, starting off with the Meat Board. She is a contributing writer to Country-Wide Magazine and Farmer’s Weekly and loves writing about all things farmy.

She doesn’t mind tackling anything to do with Ag science (especially sheep, beef, deer, and carbon sequestration) and even legislation and policy – her view is farmers need to understand what is coming down the line and be informed.

She and her husband David grow sheepmeat, beef, merino wool and sauvignon blanc grapes on a 4900-hectare hill country farm, in Marlborough, which she is really involved with.

Jo chairs the Marlborough Environment Awards Trust. She won the 2022 Beef + Lamb NZ Hard News Award and the 2021 AgResearch Science Writers Award (NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators).