New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management Seminar – Understanding Future Opportunities and Challenges for Farmers – Hastings 13 August 2014

September 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

A quality seminar was held in August for members, presented by NZIPIM.  Seminar presenters included;  Barry Johnson (Ministry for the Environment), Helen Codlin (HBRC), Rob Brazendale (DairyNZ), Erica Van Reenen (Beef and Lamb), Hugh Ritchie (HB Farmer of the Year), Greg Hart (Sustainable Farming), Duncan McLeod (HBRIC, Water Storage Scheme), Tony Rhodes(Rural Professional), Bruce Wills (Federated Farmers, Past President)

Topics covered related to the regulatory environment within the Hawke’s Bay Region, possible land use opportunities and challenges in the future.

One of the most pressing developments in recent times is the current Hawke’s Bay Regional Resource Management Plan – Tukituki Plan Change 6 which gives weight to the 2014 National Policy Statement for Fresh Water Management and provides a framework for the HBRC to implement the Tukituki Water Strategy. The Board of Enquiry decision (currently appealed to the High Court) incorporates LUC (Land Use Capability) based leaching rates and DIN (Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen) limits for the management of Nitrogen, restricting the N loss on farm and on a catchment basis.  Farms in the Tukituki catchment shall be required to provide a Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP) for properties over 4ha under intensive land use, showing expected nutrient loss and details of mitigation systems for Phosphate and Nitrogen. This FEMP to be reviewed 3 yearly incorporating LUC based on a 4 year rolling average.  Stock exclusion dates restrict stock access to water ways, implemented from 2017.

Reports were provided on the proposed water storage scheme within Central Hawke’s Bay with an over view of developments and challenges for this project.

Sector presentations were focused on productivity, profitability and farming within regulatory restrictions, with emphasis on optimising farming systems to mitigate environmental effects utilising a whole systems approach.

Rural Professionals were encouraged to be engaged throughout the rural sectors to support and enable sound decision making processes.

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