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The 2020 Ballance Farm Environment Awards are here!

We're ready to kick off this year’s round of Ballance Farm Environment Awards functions, with the first one in the East Coast this Wednesday.

Open to all, we hope that you can join us at one of the functions being held around the country – click here to see the full schedule and to buy tickets. The awards uncover some of Aotearoa's outstanding examples of good farming and growing practices – come along and celebrate with us and other like-minded people.   

In the meantime, the Trust has started a review of its strategic plan. With many initiatives underway across the food and fibre sectors, we're confident about the raft of opportunities that can showcase positive actions happening across the country’s farms and orchards.

I look forward to seeing many of you around the traps in the coming weeks.

James Ryan

General Manager
New Zealand Farm Environment Trust
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Awards functions underway

What an impressive line-up of participants we have for this year's Ballance Farm Environment Awards. From Northland to Southland, a huge range of farmers and growers are participating and we can't wait to see them at the regional awards functions.  

Tickets are still available so get yours now if you haven't already. Here's the schedule:
  • East Coast: Wed 4 March
  • Canterbury: Wed 11 March
  • Waikato: Wed 18 March
  • Horizons: Thu 19 March
  • Auckland: Wed 25 March
  • Northland: Thu 26 March
  • Otago: Thu 2 April
  • Southland: Fri 3 April
  • Taranaki: Tue 7 April
  • Greater Wellington: Wed 8 April
  • National Sustainability Showcase: Thu 4 June

New partnership supports sustainable future for farming

We’re delighted to welcome Ruralco as a strategic partner of the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust - a partnership reflecting a joint commitment to helping farmers and growers achieve a sustainable future. Ruralco is a values-led farming cooperative that has been supporting farming businesses and their families since 1963. Read more.

Farming credibility demands data

New Zealand farmers will need to increasingly provide evidence of good on-farm practices if they’re to continue being competitive in the global market. 

This was one of the common themes to come out of a recent study trip to Europe, taken by Adrian and Pauline Ball and funded by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust. The couple was named last year’s National Ambassadors for Sustainable Farming and Growing in the Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Adrian said New Zealand farmers can be good at telling their product’s story, however there’s a growing demand to back those stories up with credible data. Read more.

Tips on enhancing biodiversity

Watch this awesome video to see how Ballance Farm Environment Award alumni Ross and Eleanore Webber are enhancing native biodiversity on their farm. This inspirational pair were the 2019 Auckland Regional Supreme winners.
Thanks to the Ministry for the Environment for creating the video.

Get in touch

We love to talk, so if you'd like to have a chat or ask us a burning question, please email us or get in touch with one of our regional contacts by clicking a link:

Northland • Auckland • Waikato • Bay of Plenty • Taranaki • East Coast • Horizons • Greater Wellington • Canterbury • Otago • Southland

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