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Welcome to the first New Zealand Farm Environment Trust eNewsletter. We are excited to have a new way to connect, inspire and engage with our community of farmers, growers, agri-business professionals, partners, and supporters. 

Wherever you fit into the equation, having you with us on the journey is what gives our cause valuable impact. It is because of your support that the Trust’s major annual initiative - the Ballance Farm Environment Awards - continue to succeed in their mission to promote sustainable farming and growing throughout New Zealand. 

The Board of the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust is made up of dedicated representatives; agribusiness professionals who are passionate about sustainability and working hard to employ and champion sustainable principles in their careers and on their own farms. You can meet them here.

Operating in 11 regions, the Ballance Farm Environment Awards are a unique opportunity for farmers and growers to showcase and benchmark their hard work. What we are most proud of is the trust and integrity behind the process, as well as the stories we can tell on behalf of our entrants.  

Our judging teams take a big picture approach to how they measure success and provide feedback. In the context of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards, sustainability recognises three key pillars - social, environmental and economic - and all of these elements are considered. 

We look forward to sharing quarterly updates with you through our eNewsletter and welcome any ideas or feedback you have for us. 

James Ryan

General Manager
New Zealand Farm Environment Trust
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Adrian and Pauline Ball, owners and operators of Dennley Farms Ltd, are the new National Ambassadors for Sustainable Farming and Growing and the recipients of the Gordon Stephenson Trophy. Read more

CRV Ambreed has become a strategic partner of the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust (NZFET). 

CRV sales and marketing manager Jon Lee says the partnership with NZFET is a natural fit for CRV.

“Our new relationship with the Trust makes sense as we are both driven to support farmers who are striving for environmental excellence on farm. 

“More and more, our industry is finding itself in unchartered territory around its ‘licence to farm’. For some time, CRV has been working with farmers and our industry partners to create solutions that protect and enhance the environment of which we are stewards. 

“Our job is to deliver an animal to New Zealand farmers that stays in the herd, is productive, healthy, and continually improves its environmental footprint.” 

As an industry leader, Mr Lee believes CRV has an important role to play in recognising farmers who are making a difference and giving them a voice to influence future generations. 

“In our role as a strategic partner of the NZFET, we are looking forward to working with others to strengthen the New Zealand success story as global leaders in sustainable and profitable farming,” he says.

NZFET general manager James Ryan says the BFEA programme helps promote leadership across the primary sector and gives farmers a platform to share their stories with their peers and a wider audience.  

“As we look to the future, we’re exploring ways to grow our relationships with our partners across a wider range of programmes. 

“CRV is a good-fit for the Trust because it is committed to supporting sustainable farming, socially, economically and with regard to the environment. We are impressed by CRV’s commitment to breeding that can help to reduce the environmental footprint of farming. 

“We want to work with organisations that ideally have a network of staff across the country that will support the objectives of the Trust at the grassroots. CRV ticks all those boxes.”

Entries for Ballance Farm Environment Awards Open  

Farmers and growers in 11 regions throughout New Zealand have an exciting opportunity to be part of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards (“BFEA”) with entries for the respected programme now open for the 2019/2020 season. A new initiative by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust for 2019/2020 means farmers and growers can be nominated to enter the awards – provided they give their consent. If you’re the nominee, take the leap of faith. Perfection doesn’t exist and it’s certainly not what we are looking for. Readiness is only ever a state of mind and we embrace entrants at every stage of their individual journeys.
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Behind the Scenes

Norwood caught up with the Templeton family to find out a bit more about what it's like to be an entrant in the Ballance Farm Environment Awards and what it meant for their business. Watch their video on Facebook.

Tracy Brown, BFEA Alumni Chair  

It was great to catch-up with a number of former entrants at the National Sustainability Showcase held in Hamilton in June. A number of former BFEA regional award winners took the opportunity to hold a workshop where we discussed some of the challenges and opportunities facing the primary sector. This included a workshop with MPI staff and presentations by Minister for Agriculture, Damien O'Connor and Minister for the Environment, David Parker. 

On a personal level, I've recently returned from a whirlwind trip to China where it was fascinating to get a better understanding of the market firsthand. It was a privilege to speak on behalf of 10,500 New Zealand dairy farming families at the NZMP Resellers Conference about what it is like to be a Kiwi farmer and what we do to produce the best, most nutritious and delicious product for them to on-sell to their customers. Our Chinese customers have huge respect for us and really value our ‘New Zealand-ness’. It was also incredible to experience the fast moving world of product innovation in our consumer marketplace

Get in touch

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