Regenerative Farming Practices - research fund #funding #MPI #research #RegenerativeAg

Trevor Richards

Gillian@MPI has shared the message below which looks like a great opportunity for some biochar R&D progress.
I'm Bcc'ing in a few folk that may be interested but are not currently on our circulation list (BNNZ or ABE newsletter).
cheers, trevor

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Gillian Mangin <Gillian.Mangin@...>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2020 at 11:18
Subject: Regenerative Farming Practices - research fund
To: Dennis Enright (nzbiocharltd@...) <nzbiocharltd@...>, Trevor Richards <trevor@...>, Lunsford, Jessica <Jessica.Lunsford@...>
Cc: M.Camps@... <M.Camps@...>, Peter Winsley (peterwinsnz@...) <peterwinsnz@...>, phil@... <phil@...>

Kia ora koutou


This is a significant new fund for projects that can be underway by June. So early applications are sought. I think that research proposals to demonstrate the possibilities of biochar in the New Zealand agricultural and horticultural sector would fit this bill.  The focus is on using scientific methods and it would be great to see some biochar research proposals in the mix.


Could you please share this link with anyone in your networks you think might be interested in putting together a project.


The Regenerative farming practices new web page is now live with calls for new projects to investigate regenerative farming practices.


Proposals must demonstrate:


  • how you will develop a sound evidence base to test and confirm what works in New Zealand soils, climates, and farming systems
  • what scientific methodology you will use
  • how you will communicate your findings to farmers.
  • Give the SFF Futures team a call if you would like to discuss your idea. Email sff.futures@.... Freephone 0800 00 83 33

Ngā mihi

Gillian Mangin | Senior Policy Analyst, Co-lead, Primary Industry Advisory Services

Adaptive Farming and Communities | Policy & Trade Branch

Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatū Ahu Matua

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Trevor Richards

First the above and now this AgMARDT initiative looks like a good funding punt. I'm working on my pet biochar project list.
Do we need a discussion on a strategy for planning & resourcing funding applications?