News that Massey University is potentially slashing more than 100 jobs is being described as “short sighted” and disastrous for the future of agriculture. The University wants to reduce staffing numbers in the natural sciences and food advanced technology areas by 60% – with more than 100 jobs expected to go. Engineering and plant science courses are also stopping while the Massey Genome Service and Manawatū Microscopy and Imaging Centre will also close. Lincoln University Professor Dr John Hickford says this will have a huge impact on NZ’s future. Dr Hickford says the cuts come on top of more than 200 losses in July. He says last year 1720 students studied agriculture across four universities while 4000 were studying performing arts.