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Environmental Farming Through Local Engagement

15 April 2013

NEW ZEALAND - A drive to farm sustainably and promote farmer/community interaction is to be kick-started at an Environmental Leadership Forum in Wellington held by Beef and Lamb New Zealand next week (B+LNZ).

The Forum is being funded by B+LNZ and delivered by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust. It is based on a successful programme – also run by the Trust, in partnership with DairyNZ – for dairy farming leaders.

B+LNZ Chief Executive Officer, Dr Scott Champion says the forum is designed to equip the farmers with some of the skills they need to engage effectively with regional councils and take on leadership roles within their communities.

“They will be a reasoned voice at a community level for the sheep and beef sector. With changes in the way fresh water is managed – to a more local focus and using a more collaborative process – it’s a timely investment in these farmers.”

The forum runs over three days – 16 to 18 April – and includes guest speaker presentations and workshop sessions.

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