You are invited to attend the training programme. The course is planned following a survey by the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM), which identified ‘soil conservation’ as the skill deficit amongst the rural professionals that plays a key part in the preparation of Farm Environment Plans (FEPs).
Over the coming months, Waikato Regional Council will develop the standards, systems and processes to certify Farm Environment Planners who will assist farmers to develop their FEPs. It is expected that soil conservation and land management understanding, along with farm systems knowledge and knowledge of the Healthy Rivers Plan Change 1 requirements, will be an essential pre-requisite skill for farm environment planners to attain Council certification. Consequently, the Council has organised this training opportunity for those who are considering applying for certification when the certification programme commences.
This course has been designed to provide essential background material on soil and water conservation within the Waikato region, to help rural professionals develop Farm Environment Plans. The course will concentrate on pastoral land use, but will also cover relevant aspects of other rural land uses such as forestry and horticulture. Attendees will gain a good understanding of matching land use to land capability.
The course content will cover erosion processes, identification of critical source areas, and soil conservation options to control the four key contaminants (nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and pathogens) that affect our waterways. The 2-day course will include presentations from experienced soil conservation experts, as well as a field exercise and feedback session to put the theory into practice.
Morning and afternoon teas and lunches are provided on both the days.
A nominal course fee of $100 per person is charged. An invoice will be sent following your registration. The fee may be paid on-line or through cheque payable to the Waikato Regional Council. Please make payment to 06-0317-0096442-00 and quote “Ref: SCLMT3” and your name.
Please register by sending an email to Bala Tikkisetty (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15th Feb 2018. For further details, please contact Bala on 0800 800 401 / 07-859 0543.