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Farmed Landscapes workshop promises bright ideas

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On campus or online, three-day event brings together primary production professionals.
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This year’s Farmed Landscapes Research Centre workshop in Palmerston North will focus on new systems and ideas that respond to current challenges.

The three-day workshop, from February 13-15, will be the 36th time the annual event has been held. 

An online experience is again being offered to attendees. For those attending in person, the event is held on Massey’s Manawatū campus.

Farmed Landscapes Research Centre (FLRC) director Professor Chris Anderson said 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 speakers from Australia. 

Anderson said having an international perspective on discussions is beneficial for everyone in attendance.

The workshop comprises 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!” Anderson said.

Each year, the workshop attracts consultants, Crown Research Institutes, academics and the government, with around 200 on-campus attendees and a large number attending online. Find out more about the workshop, including how to register for in-person or online attendance, here.

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