FAR’s Environmental and Social Best Practice Strategy provides a framework for research, development and extension activities to help protect these essential resources and ensure the sector’s future. The strategy divides research between four inter-related programmes, each under-pinned by monitoring and measurement as shared through effective education and extension. The four themes are:
Supporting growers to maintain and build resilient soils with the productive capacity to improve profitability of arable systems.
Sustainable management of resources
Providing growers with an operational framework for continuous improvement in the use of nutrients, water, agrichemicals and energy.
Preparing growers for the social, environmental and economic impacts of climate change. The sector will commit to reducing GHG emissions associated with the arable farm system in support of New Zealand’s 2030 emissions reduction target of 30 percent below 2005 levels.
Integrated, diverse farm systems
Delivering diversity to arable systems to support profitability and long-term environmental and social benefits.