E-diary notices: 31 May 2024

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Visit B+LNZ site at Fieldays, Help B+LNZ develop a freshwater policy position roadmap, Recent Farmers Weekly op-ed on public views on environment regulations, Exploring diverse forage crops webinar

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Visit B+LNZ site at Fieldays

If you’re heading to Fieldays, make sure to visit the B+LNZ team at site number PB50. As an official partner of the New Zealand Team this Paris 2024 Olympics, we have a combined site where you can take part in the Tour De Fern – Sprint for the Fern challenge, meet Olympians and be in to win a special prize! Come talk to the B+LNZ team about how our on-farm extension, research and resources are focused on enhancing profitability and productivity. We’ll be running a competition where you can nominate your local hero and learn more about the B+LNZ Awards.

Help B+LNZ develop a freshwater policy position roadmap

During the first two weeks of June, B+LNZ will be running four workshops to get farmer input into the development of a package of freshwater policy positions that balance freshwater health outcomes with sustainable and profitable farming businesses. The workshops will be from 12–4pm, with a light lunch provided. Dates and locations are: 5 June in Balclutha; 7 June in Christchurch; 11 June in Te Kuiti; and 13 June in Feilding. Farmer input is vital to B+LNZ’s policy position development and there will be additional opportunities to provide input in the coming months. Thank you to everyone who has registered your interest in the June workshops – we’ve sent you further details about the event so please check your emails. If you haven’t registered but would like to take part in a workshop please email May.Ponsonby@beeflambnz.com

Recent Farmers Weekly op-ed on public views on environment regulations

The 27 May edition of Farmers Weekly contained an opinion editorial by B+LNZ Senior Policy Insights Analyst Ben Hancock, showing there’s good alignment between the public perception of environmental regulation and what the sector has been asking of the government. “Farmers can be heartened by public perceptions of them as both proactive participants in their environmental management and as stewards with a long-term view”. This is part of B+LNZ’s ongoing work to build and track public trust and confidence. Read the op-ed online here.

Exploring diverse forage crops webinar

Register here for Catch the Rain’s latest webinar on Wednesday 5 June, exploring successful ways farmers have incorporated diverse forage crops into their farm systems, and hear more about Quorum Sense’s diverse forage crops toolbox. Topics include types of diverse forage crops, seeding rates, and establishment options. Learn more about the B+LNZ-funded Catch the Rain project here.