Forum gives farmers new skill
The hundred’s up as 41 new farmers joined influential grassroots movement the Building Environmental Leaders Network at a forum in Hamilton last week.
The forum has been run by the New Zealand Farm Environment Award Trust for DairyNZ for four years.
Forum chairman and past-participant Martin Bennett is a dairy farmer from Putaruru.
He says the forum was ramped up this year to build on past success.
‘‘Last year we had 22 at the forum. We’ve doubled the numbers this year and we have now had 129 farmers come through the forum,’’ Mr Bennett said.
Mr Bennett said the results former participants had achieved had been encouraging.
‘‘They’ve been equipped with the skills and knowledge to make a difference across a wide range of environmental matters in their communities.’’
‘‘It’s not every day that farmers get the chance to discuss complex industry issues around sustainability with the likes of Julian Cribb, the Australian award winning author of The Coming Famine, and then follow that with discussions with Professor Jacqueline Rowarth, Dr Rick Pridmore and David Carter the Minister of Agriculture.’’
Other speakers were adjunct professor of science communication at the University of Technology in Sydney Julian Cribb and New Zealand Parole Board chairman Judge Sir David Carruthers.