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BayBuzz30 June 2020

Two of NZ’s most respected advocates for ‘regenerative’ agriculture – Peter Barrett of Linnburn Station (recently featured on ‘Country Calendar’) and Jono Frew of Natural Performance — will be presenting in Hawke’s Bay on 8 July, sponsored by the HB Future Farming Trust.

Will Foley, HB Future Farming trustee says: “We’re fortunate to have two of the best educators in the country on how regenerative farming is working today in New Zealand, using less fertiliser, conserving water, restoring soil quality, and producing healthier animals and food.”

“The practices they encourage exemplify the mission of the HB Future Farming Trust, to promote, inspire and celebrate profitable farming systems that enrich the environment and the community.”

The forums are both Wednesday July 8 at 9am at Clive Hall and at 2pm at Waipukurau Civic Theatre. More details and FREE registration here:

Clive: https://hawkesbay.app.rsvpify.com/

And Waipukurau: https://waipukurau.app.rsvpify.com/

Regenerative agriculture rests upon optimising soil health through better land and stock management, minimising the use of synthetic fertilisers and using more diverse ground covers. Healthier soil retains significantly more water, sequesters more carbon, supports healthier animals and yields more nutritious food.

It’s no longer merely the province of farming outliers. At a meeting today with the HB Future Farming Trust, Beef + Lamb NZ reps said interest in regen practices was high in their sector; in fact the group is presently studying regenerative practices internationally. And today Agribusiness Agenda 2020, the annual primary sector report of KPMG, hardly a radical voice in the sector concluded its advice with:

“First and foremost, we need to be the global exemplar in how we produce food and fibre products. This means setting high standards in respect of how our farm systems interact with our land, soils, water and climate and then challenging ourselves to do more faster to ultimately create a national transition towards regenerative farming.”

Amen. 

BayBuzz30 June 2020

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