Marlborough farmer wins esteemed award at Fieldays
Kaikōura MP Stuart Smith congratulated Grassmere sheep and beef farmer Doug Avery on co-winning a 2015 Global Research Alliance on Global Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) – World Farmer Organisation Study Tour award at Fieldays yesterday afternoon.
“It’s great to see a local take out one of the winning placings. The Kaikōura electorate’s a wonderful part of New Zealand, and I’m happy one of our locals will be representing the country overseas at this event,” Mr Smith said.
Doug Avery was one of two winners of the study tour award. The award will see him travel to Argentina as part of a mission to increase global understanding on greenhouse gas research.
“This opportunity will showcase both Marlborough and Mr Avery’s resilient farming on an international stage.
“Mr Avery is a world-leader in farming practises that are effective, profitable and have the environment in mind.
“I wish Doug the very best for the study tour and I am confident he will make a great ambassador for New Zealand, and for Kaikōura, in Argentina later this year,” Mr Smith said.
The purpose of the study tour to Argentina is to increase global understanding on agricultural greenhouse gases and environmental management practices. New Zealand hosted farmers from overseas last year at a similar event.
Technical staff from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) assessed applicants for the award. Entrants were judged on their ability to communicate examples of on-farm ways to support production and environmentally-friendly objectives, with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Doug Avery was an NZ Land Care Ambassador in 2012. He also founded the recently-launched Resilient Farmer programme.