The Associations mission is to further the progress of agriculture in Canterbury.
While we will always celebrate our heritage and community spirit, we are also in a unique position of being agricultural leaders. We work with agricultural and political leaders, break down the rural/urban divide and help them progress agriculture in innovative and socially conscious ways.
We are highly connected across the agricultural sector due to:
Location in New Zealand’s largest food & fibre region.
Expertise and skillset held by board and general committee.
Wide diversity of knowledge and appreciation in many agricultural & pastoral areas.
Focused on the future of the sector and affecting change - not just showing.
Highlight new innovations and regulatory, compliance changes to our audience.
We exist to:
Progress agriculture across the region.
Create a platform to tell our stories.
Advocate industry best practice.
Foster engagement and collaboration between our members to grow professional relationships.
Share our history and provide succession advice.
We do this by:
Showcasing local produce.
Creating safe and trusted spaces for collaboration and connection.
Growing youth in agriculture.
Embracing diverse and cultural agricultural relationships and farming practices.
Being trusted advisors to our rural communities.
Supporting the sector including pastoral care addressing mental health and encouraging conversation.
Bringing the “Country to Town” positively by connecting urban and rural communities.
We’re on a mission to:
Be number one in New Zealand at encouraging, promoting, and celebrating excellence and innovation in sustainable agriculture.
We farm to grow; Environmentally, strong rural and business relationships, youth leadership and sustainable farming, unlocking the potential of nature to improve quality of life.
At the heart of everything we do is: