After the Primary Industries Summit final day, it was back to Wellington for the Groundspread NZ’s training day, AGM and annual awards dinner on July 8.
The NZ Groundspread Fertiliser Association of 110 members is at the very heart of our food chain — applying the fertiliser which enriches our soils before arable, horticultural and agricultural farmers make use of them. It was a really amazing event to attend.
Again, while there was talk about the ever increasing regulations being placed on their sector, discussions were positive and focused on solutions, innovative technology and research developments.
As guest speaker at their awards dinner that night I spoke about the bigger political issues going on as well as the time and energy wasted, going back and forth, trying to get usable legislation. I also discussed how the rising costs of doing business for them, was adding to expense of bringing food to our tables.
The next morning (July 9), I was off to the Young Farmers of the Year Grand Final in Whangarei. This yearly contest is huge, and I greatly admire the young people taking part.
It includes testing the skills of everything, from the brain and a business plan to the brawn of completing agri-sports, rounded off by a general knowledge quiz, in front of an audience.
In the end, it came down to a competition between brothers-in-law, Tim Dangen (Northern) and Chris Poole (Waikato/Bay of Plenty). It was a clear win for Tim, but a close one.
Dunsandel Young Farmer Jonny Brown (Tasman) was third and I applaud them all for their efforts.