Hill Country Futures is a long-term $8.1m programme focused on future proofing the profitability, sustainability and wellbeing of New Zealand’s hill country farmers, their farm systems, the environment and rural communities.
This multi-year programme takes a trans-disciplinary approach to “landscapes” and considers the whole farm system and associated communities. The Hill Country Futures programme incorporates traditional science research, farmer knowledge, social research and citizen science.
At an on-farm level, the programme focuses on practical options for future proofing hill country farming and includes a strong emphasis on forages. Specifically, which farming practices and forages will best serve hill country farms and farmers into the future?
As a co-funder, the New Zealand Government requires the Hill Country Futures programme to deliver 50/50 environmental and social benefits, while recognising the role farm profitability plays in achieving both goals.
Within the programme, there are four research strands – all contributing towards the overall objective of future proofing New Zealand’s hill country farms and rural communities:
- Development of a pathways – framework
- Landscape classification tools
- Biodiversity in forage landscapes
- Communities to market
Learn more about the research on their website
Programme co-funders include:
- Beef + Lamb New Zealand
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
- Seed Force New Zealand
- PGG Wrightson Seeds
AgResearch – Beef + Lamb New Zealand – Cameron Ludemann Consulting – Lincoln University – Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research – Massey University – Nature Positive – Plant & Food Research – Scarlatti.
Find out more
Visit the Hill Country Futures website at https://www.hillcountryfutures.co.nz/