BOP Future Farming Symposium

The aim of the symposium is to get Bay of Plenty farmers and growers ahead of the game.


Story by Elaine Fisher

Helping farmers get “ahead of the game”

New Zealand farmers and growers are facing “a freight train” of regulations and to help them prepare for what’s coming, the first BOP Future Farming Symposium will be held on Thursday 24 October 2019.

The aim of the symposium is to get Bay of Plenty farmers and growers ahead of the game. Among the keynote speakers is the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw, Martin Workman Director Water, Ministry for the Environment and Todd Muller, National spokesperson for Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety, and Forestry.

Growers and farmers will have the chance to listen to these speakers, learn what regulations are coming at us in terms of environmental issues for the land, and ask questions of them during a panel discussion.

All who attend will have the chance to participate in the workshops on Land Environmental Plans, water quality and sub catchment initiatives, led by speakers from the Ministry for Primary Industries, DairyNZ, Zespri, NZ Avocado, Beef + Lamb NZ, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, rural professionals and award-winning farmers and growers.

The symposium is an initiative which has grown from the alumni (including previous winners) of the Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards and its aim is to provide pan-sector support, education and innovation for sustainable food and fibre production.


Please note this is a free event. 

It is open to all Bay of Plenty growers and farmers, but registration is essential.

To register for the BOP Future Farming Symposium on Thursday 24 October go to:

Registrations close Tuesday 22 October 2019.