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Updated 22 March 2016 10:32am

The Ballance Farm Environment Awards were originally established in 1993 as a joint initiative between the Waikato Conservation Board and Environment Waikato. The Awards began in the Wellington region in 2001 in partnership with Greater Wellington Regional Council. Greater Wellington's involvement demonstrates our commitment to helping farmers achieve sound sustainable farming practices and working towards Greater Wellington's goal of developing a sustainable region.

The Ballance Farm Environment Awards are run by an independent body, the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust (NZFET) whose objective is to encourage farmers to adopt sustainable farming practices. NZFET works in partnership with: Fonterra; Dairy NZ, QEII Trust, the Ministry for Primary Industries, Federated Farmers, and Rabobank.

National partners

The Ballance Farm Environment Awards are sponsored by: Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Beef+Lamb NZ, Hill Laboratories, Livestock Improvement Co-operative, Massey University, PGG Wrightsons, Waterforce and CB Norwood Distributors Ltd.