arnell Trost (left), Ministry for Primary Industry, FAR
research manager Diana Mathers, Environment Canterbury (ECan) research manager Jocelyn Muller, ECan land management adviser Imogen Field, Rural Women NZ development and marketing manager Kiera Jacobson, ECan land management adviser Katherine Glasgow and land management team leader Ali Bower discuss how the family farm can be sustainable in the future. Photo by David Hill
Planning for a sustainable future was the focus of a roadshow
in Rangiora last week.
Rural Women New Zealand's 2014 International Year of Family
Farming roadshow rolled into the Rangiora Showgrounds on
Friday to share ''good news stories'' about the role of
family farms now and in the future.
Development and marketing manager Kiera Jacobson said the
focus was on family farms being sustainable, ''not just
environmentally, but also financially and in our on-farm
''[Marlborough farmer] Doug Avery kicked us off this morning
with an inspirational talk around what the farming community
needs to do to celebrate the peaks and to work together to
get through the lows.''
Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) research manager Diana
Mathers spoke about sustainability, with a particular
emphasis on biodiversity and nutrient management.
''She pointed out that each council will be quite different
in their nutrient requirements, so it is important for
farming businesses to keep track to make sure they keep on
top of it.''
The afternoon session included discussions on farm succession
from Coach Approach and on-farm safety from WorkSafe NZ.
Ms Jacobson said Rural Women NZ was grateful for the support
of the Royal Agricultural Society in venue sponsorship, by
negotiating with agricultural and pastoral committees for the
use of their grounds.
''It was important for us to come to the showgrounds. Most of
our members sit on local A&P committees and it is such a
big part of farming and it's something younger people should
be involved with.''
- David Hill