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The 2014 NZARES Conference will be back in Nelson on 28 – 29 August
The 2014 NZARES Conference will be back in Nelson on 28 – 29 August with the theme, "Farming to Changing Expectations"
This theme brings together the variety of changing expectations influencing farming – from local and international consumers to tourists and citizens in our local communities. The expectations on farmers span environmental issues, animal welfare, food safety, food quality, biosecurity, social and cultural matters, and changing business models with corporate, institutional and multinational governance models increasingly featuring in the farming landscape. Our reputation is vitally important for our economy.
If you have any bright ideas for speakers you would like to hear from – the committee would love to hear from you!
Joint AARES-NZARES Conference – Rotorua, early February 2015
...look out for more news on this event as it shapes up.
NZARES Conference 28 – 30 August 2013
On-Farm Impacts of Environmental Policy
Thanks to all who attended the Conference at Lincoln University in Canterbury – we had one of our best turnouts ever.
The field trip on the afternoon of the 28 August took in two dairy support farms near Burnham in the Selwyn-Waihora water management zone. Local speakers included our host farmers, Major of Selwyn District, zone committee members and industry representatives. A good discussion followed around how farming is adapting to work within water limits while land users in the catchment also contemplate the development of the irrigation scheme known as Central Plains Water. We later joined delegates from the Australia Pacific Extension Network Conference for an informal reception at the Famous Grousse Hotel.
Our Plenary speakers addressed different angles of the conference theme, “On-farm impacts of Environmental Policy”
Prof Nicola Shadbolt, Director of One Farm and Associate Professor Massey University, spoke about how different approaches to policy resulted in different cost and value impacts, i.e. on land values. NZ farmers are expected to bear those costs – unlike elsewhere in the world where compensation often features. Corporates are also cooperating in a ‘pre-competitive space’ to ensure environmental and social issues are embedded into their businesses.
Associate Professor Graeme Doole of the University of Western Australia discussed on-farm economics and nutrient policy concluding that nutrient limits were necessary because the economic incentives for change on their own were not enough. Adapting effectively would require working together, R&D and the design and/or adoption of new mitigations and new systems.
The Honourable David Caygill shared his experiences as an Environment Canterbury Commissioner and being part of the journey as communities in Canterbury grapple with a collaborative approach to setting water policy.
The 2013 Best Conference Paper Prize was awarded to Hoang Huy for his paper Efficiency and Equity Impacts of the Rental Market for Cropland in Vietnam and Sources of Transaction Costs Impeding the Market.
The 2013 First Time Presenter Prize was awarded to Corey Allan for his paper Examining Patterns in and Drivers of Rural Land Values in New Zealand.
The Contributed Paper programme canvassed diverse themes:
- Farm and regional level analysis of water quality policies
- Climate, drought and water availability
- Social drivers for land use decision-making
- Land use modelling
- Rural land values
- Consumer preferences for food
- Forestry and fisheries
- Agriculture and trade in developing countries
- Non-market valuation
- and many more….!
The full abstracts paper is here – papers will be available via Ag Econ search soon.
The Conference Dinner was at the lovely Melton Estate Boutique Winery where Bruce Wills Federated Farmers National President outlined the environmental improvements he has achieved on his sheep and beef farm in the Hawkes Bay and some of the challenges along the way.
A big thanks to our sponsor