Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Dry Season Doesn’t Deter Award Entrants


Media Release

Dry Season Doesn’t Deter Farm Environment Award Entrants


Entrants in the 2008 Ballance Farm Environment Awards are putting on a brave face as they open up drought-affected farms to the scrutiny of the judges.

New Zealand Farm Environment Award Trust general manager David Natzke says this season has been a tough one for many entrants involved in the annual competition.

“Very dry conditions around much of the country mean that a lot of farms aren’t looking their best,” he says.

“While entrants are clearly very conscious of this when the judging panel arrives at the gate, the judges understand as they are all involved in the farming sector and they know that a drought is just part of farming.”

Mr Natzke says judges look past the sunbaked pastures and moisture starved crops. “These are seasonal things. What the judges are really looking for is evidence that the entrant is focussed on farming in a manner that is both profitable and sustainable in the long term.”

He says entrants have to be commended for their decision to enter the competition in what has been a difficult season for agriculture and horticulture.

“They deserve top marks for having the courage to give it a go.”

Feedback from judging coordinators around the country suggests the calibre of entrants this year is again extremely high.

“I know we are going to have another impressive line-up of Supreme and category award winners who will be happy to share their philosophies and innovations with the wider farming community.”

Judging has been completed in several of the eight regions involved in the annual competition and the first region to announce its winners will be the Bay of Plenty on March 5.

Other regions will announce their winners at award evenings between late March and early May.

Supreme winners will then go on to represent their regions at a national Sustainability Showcase later in the year.

National sponsors of the competition include Ballance Agri-Nutrients, PPCS, LIC, Gallagher Group, Hill Laboratories and PGG Wrightson.

The awards are also backed by Environment Waikato, Environment Bay of Plenty, the Greater Wellington Regional Council, Horizons Regional Council, Environment Canterbury, Otago Regional Council and the Northland Regional Council.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

By May 2018: Wider, Earlier Microbead Ban

The sale and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand earlier than previously expected, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Snail-ier Mail: NZ Post To Ditch FastPost

New Zealand Post customers will see a change to how they can send priority mail from 1 January 2018. The FastPost service will no longer be available from this date. More>>

ALSO:

Property Institute: English Backs Of Debt To Income Plan

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church is applauding today’s decision, by Prime Minister Bill English, to take Debt-to-income ratios off the table as a tool available to the Reserve Bank. More>>

ALSO:

Divesting: NZ Super Fund Shifts Passive Equities To Low-Carbon

The NZ$35 billion NZ Super Fund’s NZ$14 billion global passive equity portfolio, 40% of the overall Fund, is now low-carbon, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation announced today. More>>

ALSO: