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Is the world getter faster or am I just getting older?
There are a myriad of challenges facing rural communities at the moment. This makes it all the more important for us to pause and reflect on the achievements of Aotearoa’s amazing food and fibre producers.
I recently attended a seminar where the Minister of Agriculture talked about New Zealand’s farmers and growers striving to be the most sustainable in the world, and the best for the world. This struck a chord with me as we’re consistently inspired by the stories we come across.
Judging is well underway on the properties of this year’s crop of entrants for the Ballance Farm Environment Awards. In the new year, I’m looking forward to meeting some of the passionate farmers and growers that use the awards programme to help them on their sustainability journey.
In light of the pace of change affecting us all, we have started a review of the Trust’s strategy. We’re keen to involve you in this process and are looking at how we can gather your views – so watch this space.
Meanwhile, planning for next year’s awards functions is underway in earnest and we hope you can join us for a great night – event dates are listed below. Held throughout the country, the functions are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate, share ideas and network with like-minded people.
I hope you have a great Christmas break that gives you the chance to reflect on the positive outcomes that you and the rest of the primary sector have achieved this year.