[9 October/ New Zealand Herald]

For the first time in almost 30 years, the newest in grassland research is coming to Whanganui in November at the 79th NZ Grassland Association (NZGA) conference. New Zealand farmers will have the rare opportunity to network with those at the leading edge of New Zealand pastoral science and technology. This will also allow the chance to see what other innovative primary producers are doing to make the most of their land, from steep hill blocks to coastal sand country. This November’s conference will include an option for farmers to register for a one-day registration, rather than the full two and a half days. Whanganui last hosted the NZGA in 1989. Key conference topics will include new technologies and tools, alternative pasture species and the forage value index as well as the role of the Environmental Protection Authority. Coastal Spring Lamb and Atihau-Whanganui Incorporation will also share their perspectives as local producers.