Ballance Farm Environment Awards
The Ballance Farm Environment Awards recognises and celebrates good farm practices which promotes sustainable land management through an annual awards programme which is now run in 11 regions throughout New Zealand.
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.
We recognise the diversity across the country and the need and value in supporting our local communities. Regional sponsorship activities are selected with consideration for local connections and customer benefits. Applications can be forwarded directly to your regional Area Sales Manager.
Apply for a Ballance Sponsorship
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 our Sponsorship Request Form. Note that requests must be lodged by 1 February to be considered for the following financial year (commences 1 June).
Ballance is proud to align with Dairy Women’s Network’s clear purpose to expand the potential of women in the business of dairying by providing leadership, inspiration, learning and connection. Our partnership enables us to better understand the challenges, goals and aspirations of our customers while we work to add value to achieve positive outcomes for all stakeholders.
Through Owl Farm; a dynamic joint venture demonstration dairy farm between St Peter's School and Lincoln University, farmers will have access to world class resources, information and on-farm practices. Our involvement helps Owl Farm to build and demonstrate best practice solutions for the Waikato based farm and share these learnings with the local community, students and more widely across New Zealand.
Young Grower of the Year is an annual competition run by Horticulture New Zealand to find the best young fruit or vegetable grower in the country. The focus of the competition is to give young people working in the industry recognition, develop their skills and foster young grower leadership. 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.
The Ahuwhenua Trophy – BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award acknowledges and celebrates business excellence in New Zealand's important pastoral sector. This competition is held annually, alternating each year between dairy and sheep & beef. Ballance has been aligned as a silver sponsor since 2004 providing both financial and practical support to assist in the smooth running of the event.
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 valuable and leading forum in which relevant issues can be highlighted and discussed.
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.
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. Formed in 1931, the NZGA facilitates discussion on grassland farming, and promotes the value of research and its application. Our membership includes a wide range of scientists, consultants, agribusiness and farmers – making it truly “fuelled by science and tempered by experience.” Ballance Agri-Nutrients has enjoyed a long standing partnership with NZGA through membership, sponsorship and contribution of content for their annual conferences.
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.
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 crop. This well-run and well-attended conference features speakers from a range of backgrounds, offering something for all delegates.
Other sponsorships include:
Ewe Hogget Competition
B+LNZ Sheep Industry Awards
NZ Association of Resource Management
Young Vegetable Grower of the Year
Foundation of Arable Research (FAR) Combinable Crops open day and conference
SMASH (Smaller Milking and Supply Herds) Conferences and Field Days
Pasture Renewal Charitable Trust