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Published: 2011-02-25 00:00:00

Farmers in Tairua, Whangamata and Whitianga are being invited to attend an Environment Waikato ‘Farming for our future’ field day covering economic and environmental sustainability.

The event will be held on Thursday 31 March from 10.30am to 2.30pm, starting at the Hikuai Hall, 45 Morrison Rd, Hikuai.

EW land management officers Matt Highway from Whitianga and Warren Coffey from Paeroa will cover land management practices and the assistance the council can provide to farmers.

Hamilton-based Integrated Catchment Management coordinator Ross Abercrombie will outline some of the latest information on nutrient management, as well as relevant rules.

Senior Hamilton soil scientist Peter Singleton will discuss sediment loss to the sea from farmland.

The field day will involve an on-farm field exercise looking at nutrient practices and a session on visual soil assessments that can help farmers manage their soils.

“EW is keen to work in partnership with Coromandel farmers on improving agriculture’s economic and environmental performance,” said Mr Coffey.

“The field day is designed to facilitate the two-way sharing of information between farmers and EW staff so that collectively the council and farmers can best address the issues we face on the Coromandel.”