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.
Good soil quality underpins the productive and financial performance of farms. FAR is supporting growers to maintain and build resilient soils with the productive capacity to improve the profitability of arable systems.
- Soil Quality Indicators
- Nutrient cycling
- Management of erosion and sediments
- Soil carbon
- Soil biodiversity
Sustainable management of resources
Wasted resources eat into profitability and growers can't afford to waste time and money. FAR is providing growers with an operational framework for continuous improvement in the use of nutrients, water, agrichemicals and energy.
- Nutrient management strategies
- Irrigation tools
- Reduced tillage practices
- Precision agriculture and technologies
- Record keeping and benchmarking
Good farming practices will help growers adapt to and manage any climate change impacts to their businesses. FAR is 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.
- Moving towards Carbon Zero
- Emission reporting
- Understanding the impact of climate change on cropping systems
- Resilience to climate change
- Resilience to market shocks
Integrated, diverse farm systems
Delivering diversity to arable systems to support profitability and long-term environmental and social benefits.
- Regenerative and biodiverse systems
- Enhancing eco-system services
- Diverse, resilient rotations
- Integrated catchment management
- Collaborative partnerships
- Resilient rural communities
Monitoring and measurement
Actual measurements are important. The numbers let us know how well we are doing and whether we are on track or if there is room for improvement. FAR is analysing farm and industry data to inform the sector about its progress in managing environmental risk; to inform research activities and policy development in cropping and promote the sector's environmental successes.
Education and extension
It is our role to support our farmers to capitalise on opportunities and adapt to a changing world, we do this by equipping them with proven knowledge and tools to support continuous improvement in the arable sector.