Rural update August 2022

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Welcome back to your rural update! We have two great events coming up in the next couple of weeks. It’s all about young farmers and biodiversity farm planning.
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Young Farmers and Rural Professionals Event:

Challenges & Opportunities for NZ Farming in 2022

WAI Wānaka has the opportunity to create a programme of events to connect the next generation of young farmers and rural professionals with expertise and knowledge from around New Zealand.

Supported by the Our Land & Water – Revitalise Te Taiao programme we are kicking off with an informal panel discussion on Monday night with some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading thinkers in the primary sector market and value chain.

If you’re 20-30 (ish….) with an interest in the future of farming in the Upper Clutha, join us in an interactive discussion led by Mandy Bell, Chair of WAI Wānaka and Deer Industry NZ with:

Alan McDermott – Director, Agrifood Strategy Ltd
Wayne Mulligan – CEO, Fomana Investments
Adrian Campbell – MD, VetLife

Where: B. Social (upstairs room), 60 Anderson Road, Wānaka
August 22nd, 5.30 – 7.30pm
Click here to register

Professor David Norton giving a talk on Biodiversity

Farm Planning: Biodiversity

You’re invited to a pilot Beef + Lamb New Zealand workshop on Farm Planning: Biodiversity with WAI Wānaka and Emeritus Professor David Norton*.
Date:  Tuesday, 6th September 2022
Time:  10.00am – 2.00pm
Venue: Wānaka Rugby Clubrooms
Click here to register
This hands-on workshop will help you identify and record on-farm and catchment scale biodiversity. You will discuss why it’s important and how further integration of biodiversity can add value to your farm business.

The Farm Planning: Biodiversity Workshop contributes to documented farm planning through a discussion on what is biodiversity, why is it important on farm, how to identify and document biodiversity, and what are the opportunities and actions to further support and monitor on-farm and catchment scale biodiversity.

This workshop is suitable for farmers at all levels of their farm planning journey, including those who may have an existing Land Environment Plan (LEP), Farm Environment Plan (FEP) or who have started documenting farm planning with the B+LNZ Farm Plan: Environment Module.

The workshop style will cater to all farmers, and you can learn from others and work together to deepen your understanding of biodiversity, along with common risks and opportunities.

  • Discuss why biodiversity is important and the co-benefits it provides.
  • Learn hands-on, practical techniques to better understand the biodiversity you have, and where you can find additional information.
  • Map key on-farm and catchment sites.
  • Discuss how you can work as a catchment to manage biodiversity.
  • Help position you to meet future regulatory or consumer requirements.
  • Consider the opportunities to maintain and enhance local biodiversity and establish regular monitoring.

At the completion of this workshop, you’ll have practical tools to identify, record and monitor on-farm biodiversity, and know how further integration of biodiversity can add value to your farming business.


To register for this event, please click here, or for further details please contact Prue Kane, 022 677 8141.

*University of Canterbury.

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