CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HEALTHY SOILS
SUPREME WINNER OF THE
GREEN AGRICULTURE INNOVATION AWARDS 2014
DAVID CRUTCHLEY, SHORTLANDS STATION
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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US...
ABF provides extension services to the primary sector; ensuring producers receive independent, up-to-date and practical information to help build their growing businesses.
Agriculture is in crisis:
THE FACTS: our natural capital is being eroded; over 11 tonnes of soil/ha is lost every year from our landscape, a 'dead zone' is growing in the sea off the Manukau Harbour, water quality and mineral levels in foods continue to decline, the profitability of many sectors is in question, while the average age of farmers continues to increase. The consequences from the current ‘production at any cost' model impacts on the health of ecosystems, livestock and human health.
Fortunately there are many practical ways we as land managers can begin to address these issues. ABF is showing how primary production can provide both economic and ecological benefits.
Indeed, there is no other option.
Getting in touch with other farmers and growers is an important part of building the most important natural capital we have; KNOWLEDGE. ABF focuses on Open Days, Discussion Groups and opportunities for producers and consumers to network, troubleshoot and innovate.
To promote regenerative farming practices through:
- education, information exchange, alliance building and advocacy,
- supporting primary producers through ABF extension services and events,
- integrating stakeholders in extension activities and,
- information for consumers, commerce and decision-makers about the benefits offered to the society, environment, and economy.
Biological “Post-modern agriculture is not anti-science...it is the most modern agriculture because it builds carefully and creatively on advances in scientific knowledge particularly in the disciplines of biology, ecology and microbiology.”
Norman Uphoff. (Norman Uphoff is a Professor of Government and International Agriculture; Programme leader for Sustainable Rice Systems; Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development; Director of Graduate Studies, Field of International Development.)