Ballance is committed to supporting a number of initiatives within the wider farming community. We believe that a thriving agricultural community can only exist with the support of all who live and work in it, and as a result, we invest both time and money to help secure the future of New Zealand farmers.



Our involvement in the rural community occurs on many fronts. One of the most prominent is our support of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Aimed at recognising the achievements of those who farm with respect for the environment, these awards started in 1993, and have grown every year since. Ballance has been the naming rights sponsor since 2002, and many of the company's employees are involved in the judging process.

Ballance also sponsors a variety of regional activities and events with a farming focus. We support a number of industry conferences and monitor and research farms around the country. Conferences offer an excellent opportunity for information sharing, between scientists, industry representatives and farmers. Monitor farms and research farms help generate advances in practical farming knowledge that has the potential to benefit the wider community.


Dairy Women's Network - Prime Network Sponsor


The Dairy Women’s Network unites hundreds of women who work in the dairy industry. We appreciate the women are influential as key managers and decision makers in the rural sector. We wish to support this group of women through partnering with an organisation that is clearly focused on supporting and celebrating the contribution dairy women make to the New Zealand economy.


Owl Farm - St Peter's School/ Lincoln University Demonstration Dairy Farm


The world's best farmers are right here in New Zealand. Through Owl Farm; a dynamic joint venture demonstration dairy farm between Founding Partners St Peter's School and Lincoln University, the Waikato's farmers will have access in perpetuity to world class resources, information and on-farm practices. Owl Farm is providing knowledge to the world's best farmers and to rural professionals. Owl Farm seeks to educate St Peter's students in Agribusiness and on-farm; showcasing the broad career prospects which exist within the agricultural sector. 

Young Grower of the Year National Awards 


Young Grower of the Year is an annual competition run by Horticulture New Zealand to select the finest young fruit or vegetable grower in the country. Ballance is proud be a Gold sponsor of the event and play a part in encouraging and promoting New Zealand’s up and coming horticultural talent. 

Pioneer Contractors' Conference

Maize is an essential part of many farming operations. Ballance is pleased to be involved with the Pioneer Contractors' Conference, at which leading industry specialists and researchers share information on the efficient production and use of this versatile feedstuff. This well-run and well-attended conference features speakers from a range of backgrounds, offering something for all delegates.  

Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award


This distinguished competition acknowledges and celebrates business excellence in Māori farming. Held annually, the awards alternate each year between dairy and sheep & beef. Ballance has been a silver sponsor since 2004 providing both financial and practical support to assist in the smooth running of the event. 

New Zealand Groundspread Fertiliser Association's Conference


Independent groundspreaders are key stakeholders in the wider agricultural industry. Ballance has supported the New Zealand Groundspread Association's national conference since its inception back in 1956. The conference is traditionally held over four days and provides a forum in which relevant issues can be brought to delegates' attention and discussed. 

Federation of Māori Authorities


The Federation of Māori Authorities represents over 150 Māori authorities with an estimated natural resource asset value of approximately $7 billion dollars. Members have enterprises in seafood, forestry, dairy, horticulture, property, agriculture, energy and investments both in New Zealand and abroad. The Federation’s vision is simple: Sustainable economic prosperity, for members, our communities and our country. Ballance Agri-Nutrients is proud to support the Federation as a Silver Sponsor of their National Conference. 

New Zealand Grassland Association Conference


The aim of the New Zealand Grassland Association (NZGA) is “to enhance pastoral agriculture” through providing a forum for communication of science, technology and knowledge. Ballance Agri-Nutrients has enjoyed a long running relationship with NZGA through membership, sponsorship and contribution of content for their annual conferences.

Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre Conference


Since 1987 the Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre has hosted an annual workshop which is conducted on a topic of importance to the New Zealand land-based industries. Involving scientists, researchers, fertiliser industry representatives, producer boards, agricultural and horticultural consultants, progressive farmers, Government policy analysts and local and regional authorities who are concerned with primary production in New Zealand. Ballance is a strong advocate of this important forum for debate and information sharing, supporting the event through sponsorship and involvement. 

The Farming Show


Ballance regularly contributes to the Farming Show, an hour-long rural feature, originally aired on an independently owned Southland radio station. The Farming Show can be heard throughout the country, and is also accessible online. Click here for around-the-clock access to the latest news and comment on farming, the economy, politics, sport and weather.


Other Sponsorships

Ballance also sponsors a number of smaller events and conferences, including:

Deer Industry Conference

LandWISE Conference

LandWISE Microfarm

SMASH (Smaller Milking and Supply Herds) Conferences and Field Days

Red Meat Sector Conference

Australasian Dairy Science Symposium

NZ Association of Resource Management

Federation of Maori Authorities Conference

NZAAA Conference

Ballance Hawkes Bay Angus Tour

Regional Sponsorships

We recognise the diversity across the country and the need to support local communities with regional sponsorship. Regional sponsorship activities are selected with consideration for local connections and customer benefits. Applications can be forwarded directly to your regional Area Sales Manager. 



The Ballance Farm Environment Awards recognise and celebrate good farm practices which promote sustainable land management through an annual awards programme which is now run in 10 regions throughout New Zealand.

Since their inception in 1993 the awards have developed into an impressive showcase demonstrating that profitability need not compromise environmental values, in fact the environment can be both restored and enhanced under profitable farming systems.

Being part of the awards encourages entrants to be proactive in their resource management, provides them with role models for sustainable land management and is a valuable opportunity to benchmark their farms with other like-minded farmers in their regions and around the country.

The judging process considers the entire environment that each entrant farm operates within, with particular consideration to:

  • sustainable profitability
  • environmental awareness
  • good business practices
  • social and community responsibility


Do you have an event that you would like Ballance to sponsor? 

While Ballance's sponsorship budget for the current financial year is fully committed, we welcome approaches from key agricultural interests.  

To apply for sponsorship, please fill out the Sponsorship Request Form, this can be found under 'Downloads', to the right.

Note that requests must be lodged by 1 February to be considered for the following financial year (commences 1 June).


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