We will be working one-on-one with a group of farmers and their trusted advisors to explore the options for reducing their farm’s environmental footprint while maintaining profitability and considering the strategic objectives of their business.
These farmers will provide a range of examples of mitigation strategies that can be implemented by other farmers in the catchments where appropriate. This initiative is part of a five-year project that was launched in September 2018, and will complement the good work already being done by farmers, scientists, and rural professionals.
The success of this initiative will be demonstrated by...
- Farmers showing confidence in the options available to them to reduce N leaching and GHG and an understanding of the implications of these options on the overall performance of their production systems
- The options being demonstrated to other farmers as they are implemented
- Farmers achieving clarity on the most profitable options to reduce their environmental footprint in different conditions and farm systems
What does success look like?
- Farmers in Selwyn and Hinds make the necessary changes to meet their environmental regulations while running resilient and profitable businesses.
- These on-farm changes contribute to the positive reputation of farmers in the area.
- The reduced environmental footprint at a farm level is clearly seen to be contributing to a lower environmental footprint at a catchment level.
- The Land and Water Regional plan is successfully implemented.
How can you get involved?
If you are a farmer, you could become one of the supported farmers or engaged with a range of extension activities.
If you are a rural professional, you can work with the project team to provide research questions and find the most appropriate solutions for your client farmers.
For more information about the project please contact Virginia Serra (021 932 515 / firstname.lastname@example.org) Project Lead