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Next Generation Farming Project

Waimakariri farmers face significant water, environmental and sustainability challenges. The Next Generation Farming Project is an opportunity to investigate practical solutions to help farmers continue reducing environmental risk – while still remaining profitable so they can farm into the future. The project will focus on the four themes outlined below. Farmer-led pod groups will share, explore and test ideas for each theme, with industry experts brought in as required.

Understanding future options for my farm

Continuous improvement plan for existing farm systems with farmer pod members as case studies.

Diversification over time rather than wholesale land use change focus.

Commercial value chain rather than a matching land use to land type focus.

Opportunity and risk assessment process that considers financial; people and environment.

Understanding what a robust change process involves, financials; governance; project planning and management; and support.

21.7.21 Our Land and Water Workshop Summary: Read more here

9.2.22 Out Land and Water Workshop Summary: Read more OLW Workshop Summary February


Turning environmental enhancements into future farm income

Working landscape rather than preservation focus.

Re-purposing my low or high production land

Understanding potential direct and indirect income streams from environmental enhancements and mitigations

Income analysis inclusive of operating expense optimisation

Community alongside individual focus


Understanding the new technology and practice adoption process

How do I assess the applicability of new technologies and practices.

Importance of systems analysis.

Nature based solutions (working with the environment).


Diverse Swards

What are diverse swards and what are the benefits of planting them?

What are the range options availble?

How do we establish and integrate them within farm systems?


Understanding Liquid Fertiliser Application

What are the benefits of using liquid fertilisers?

How can they be applied?

How do we overcome some of the perceived barriers to uptake?

Fertigation Field Day summary, read more here

FertigationFAQs


Plantain

How do we integrate plantain into pastures and different farming systems to ensure persistence and impact.


Soil Health

Understanding the importance of soil health.

Soil Health Field Day summary, read more here


Understanding the value of an 'A-grade' farm

The purpose of this project is to quantify the perceived increase in value of a farming enterprise through achieving an ‘A-grade’. The intention is to apply for funding to enable this piece of work to be undertaken.


What drives and 'A'-grade farm- the systems behind it.

The intention is to uncover the key aspects of a high achieving farming operation over and above simply meeting Good Management Practice expectations.

22.7.21 Intergrated Farm Plan Workshop Summary. Read more here


Showcasing the journey to a sustainable farm system


Northbrook Connectivity Trail

Linking town and country through an informative walkway.


Undertake effective engagement with Iwi

A co-ordinated and integrated approach to Mahinga Kai in the Waimakariri.


Caretakers of the land for future generations

Understanding future options for my farm

Continuous improvement plan for existing farm systems with farmer pod members as case studies.

Diversification over time rather than wholesale land use change focus.

Commercial value chain rather than a matching land use to land type focus.

Opportunity and risk assessment process that considers financial; people and environment.

Understanding what a robust change process involves, financials; governance; project planning and management; and support.

21.7.21 Our Land and Water Workshop Summary: Read more here

9.2.22 Out Land and Water Workshop Summary: Read more OLW Workshop Summary February


Turning environmental enhancements into future farm income

Working landscape rather than preservation focus.

Re-purposing my low or high production land

Understanding potential direct and indirect income streams from environmental enhancements and mitigations

Income analysis inclusive of operating expense optimisation

Community alongside individual focus


Understanding the new technology and practice adoption process

How do I assess the applicability of new technologies and practices.

Importance of systems analysis.

Nature based solutions (working with the environment).


Progressively evolve farming practices based on science

Diverse Swards

What are diverse swards and what are the benefits of planting them?

What are the range options availble?

How do we establish and integrate them within farm systems?


Understanding Liquid Fertiliser Application

What are the benefits of using liquid fertilisers?

How can they be applied?

How do we overcome some of the perceived barriers to uptake?

Fertigation Field Day summary, read more here

FertigationFAQs


Plantain

How do we integrate plantain into pastures and different farming systems to ensure persistence and impact.


Soil Health

Understanding the importance of soil health.

Soil Health Field Day summary, read more here


Proactive about environmental and economic measures

Understanding the value of an 'A-grade' farm

The purpose of this project is to quantify the perceived increase in value of a farming enterprise through achieving an ‘A-grade’. The intention is to apply for funding to enable this piece of work to be undertaken.


What drives and 'A'-grade farm- the systems behind it.

The intention is to uncover the key aspects of a high achieving farming operation over and above simply meeting Good Management Practice expectations.

22.7.21 Intergrated Farm Plan Workshop Summary. Read more here


Showcasing the journey to a sustainable farm system


Improved community wellbeing

Northbrook Connectivity Trail

Linking town and country through an informative walkway.


Undertake effective engagement with Iwi

A co-ordinated and integrated approach to Mahinga Kai in the Waimakariri.


Reporting

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