Long-running workshop crucial resource for improving agriculture and environment

Tuesday 30 January 2024

Opportunities for improved farm and catchment outcomes is the theme of the annual Farmed Landscapes Research Centre workshop.

Professor Paul Kenyon, Head of the School of Agriculture and Environment, opening last year’s workshop.

The three-day workshop, held from 13-15 February 2024, will be the 36th occurrence of the annual event. Following the success of the online workshop in 2022, an online experience is again being offered to attendees this year. For those attending in person, the event is being held on Massey’s Manawatū campus.

Farmed Landscapes Research Centre (FLRC) Director Professor Chris Anderson says the workshop is a key event each year for primary production professionals.

“It’s a chance to network, discuss and advance new ideas that underpin Aotearoa New Zealand’s economy. The workshop provides a forum to get people together and we’re always really pleased to see small group meetings happening at the start and end of each day, and during in-session breaks. There’s a long history of new projects and policy ideas having their origin at the FLRC Workshop.”

The event’s programme comprises a number of keynote speakers, including international speakers from Australia. Professor Anderson says having an international perspective to discussions is beneficial for everyone in attendance.

The workshop is comprised of 11 sessions, each focusing on a different topic. Some of the topics include opportunities for regenerative practices, land use change and the Whitiwhiti Ora project, opportunities for the accounting and mitigation of greenhouse gases on farms and improving soil quality.

“As in past years, we’re excited to see papers presenting new systems and ideas that respond to current challenges. The FLRC workshop is often used as a first announcement of new projects, with authors returning each year to give updates. The programme is a huge scientific resource that can kick-start 2024. This is the forum to hear about the next big idea!” Professor Anderson says.

Each year, the workshop attracts consultants, Crown Research Institutes, academics and Government, with around 200 on-campus attendees and a large number attending online. FLRC greatly appreciates the support of our sponsors who have made this move online possible

Find out more about the workshop, including how to register for in-person or online attendance, here.

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