Information event for farm enviro awards

Brent Looney and Natasja Boon, organic dairy farmers of Edgecumbe, won the CB Norwood Distributors Ltd Agri-Business Management Award in the 2017 Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Entering the Ballance Farm Environment Awards offers farmers and growers the chance to have their businesses evaluated by a team of highly respected and experienced farmers, growers and agribusiness professionals, as well network with likeminded people.

“If you are considering entering the awards, or interested in knowing more, come along to our information afternoon on Wednesday September 27,” says Bay of Plenty awards judging co-ordinator Margaret Wright.

“There is absolutely no pressure put on those who attend to enter the awards. The afternoon is simply an opportunity to learn about what it means to enter the awards, receive an overview of the award categories, hear about the benefits of entering and learn about the journey from past entrants.”

The information afternoon is from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at The Hive (inside the main retail store), of Comvita, 23 Wilson Road South, Paengaroa, Te Puke.  If you wish to attend, email, or phone / text 0275 721 244.

 Margaret, herself a former winner, says the judging process is not daunting and the team offer constructive advice and feedback in an informal setting.

“Visits to the farmers or orchards of entrants are followed up by a report outlining what was discussed and offering commendations and recommendations.

“The judges take a holistic approach to the judging process by evaluating every aspect of the farm or grower business.”

The winners are announced at the Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards evening which is a valued platform for celebration, networking, and the sharing of ideas and resources amongst farmers, agribusiness professionals, community leaders and representatives from regional and national governments.

Entries for the Bay of Plenty awards close on Friday October 27, 2017. All farmers and horticulturists, including orchardists, vegetable growers and viticulturists within the geographic area covered by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council are eligible to enter the Bay of Plenty awards. Enter online at or contact Kirsten Winter on or 0275 721 244.



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