What's the problem?
Pastoral agriculture, the backbone of the New Zealand economy, is confronted with economic, environmental, animal health, public perception, policy and climate challenges. The current approach of aiming for maximum output is no longer economically nor environmentally viable. The public want farmers to be successful, but together we need to improve and enhance our social licence.
The volatility of the climate and commodity price fluctuations make it even more critical for some farming systems to change and adapt.
How will New Zealand's agricultural industries adapt to falling dairy prices, growing environmental challenges and regather our public support?
How will farm systems adapt and reconfigure to remain profitable, to become financially AND environmentally resilient?
Research and evidence presented at Regional Plan/Environment Court / EPA hearings, data and knowledge amassed over the years by Alison Dewes, Russell Death, Barrie Ridler, Paul Tapsell and others, provide information and insight into economically, environmentally and socially sustainable solutions.
What's the solution?
We aim provide leadership and to encourage dialogue on the options and opportunities for alternate ways of managing our primary industry.
We will disseminate valuable information on alternate production systems to advisors and land managers that will allow those on the land to make their own, more informed choices.
We will assist farmers to review their farm systems, suggest ways operate in a way that brings the heart back to the land for families, the farm and local communities.