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Environment awards to open soon

ENTRIES for the annual Ballance Farm Environment Awards will open early next month.

Run by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust, the awards champion sustainable farming and growing across 11 regions.

The East Coast includes the areas covered by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Gisborne District Council.

Frasertown sheep and beef farmers Dave Read and Judy Bogaard made the regional finals last year and they won four categories.

Richard and Hannah Coop from Okepuha Station at Mahia, won several cateogories the year before.

In 2016, Matawai sheep and beef farmers Eugene and Pania King won three of the nine category awards.

Other previous recent category winners were:

— Sam and Gemma Hain from Pehiri

— The Tomalins from Nuhaka

— The Faulkners from Wairakaia Station who won the supreme overall prize in 2014.

The 11 regional winners go in the running for the Gordon Stephenson Trophy.

Entries open on August 1 and close mid-October.

Inquiries can be sent to Kate Taylor at eastcoast@bfea.org.nz