The BHU Future Farming Centre

Services

The FFC provides three main services:

  • Research e.g., finding new solutions where none currently exisit;
  • Extension e.g., repackaging scientific knowledge into producer friendly formats;
  • Consulting e.g., providing one-to-one advice to producers and scientists.

Thus offering farmers and growers a the complete range services they need to help them optimise their production systems, and to help other scientists, especially those working within specialist areas, to understand and connect with and assist, real-world farming.

The BHU Future Farming Centre

Services - Extension

The BHU Future Farming Centre (FFC) considers effective extension and advisory work to be critical for a thriving agriculture and horticulture sector.  The FFC therefore undertakes a variety of extension work including:

  • Publishing the FFC Bulletin, a quarterly newsletter producing concise, producer-friendly information on a wide range of research and other information designed to help farmers and growers improve their farm systems, e.g. reduce costs, increase profits, make the job easier and improve their environmental sustainability.
  • Providing seminar / workshops on topics such as non-chemical, weed, pest and disease management, sustainable soil management, and an introduction to the alternative / sustainable agricultures, such as organic, biological farming, permaculture, etc.
  • Holding field days and producing reports on research undertaken at the FFC.

Extension information is provided through our information pages and upcoming extension events are published on our events page

The BHU Future Farming Centre

Services - Consulting

The BHU Future Farming Centre offers a wide range of consulting services covering all aspects of permanent / sustainable / ecological and organic agriculture and horticulture.

This service is provided by our in-house staff and associates, and the FFC can also call on its very extensive network of New Zealand and international colleagues and partner research institutions, where additional / specialist expertise is required.

Areas the FFC can help with include, for example:

  • Becoming certified organic, both the production and ‘paperwork’ sides;
  • Technical assistance on all production issues, e.g., pest, disease and weed management, fertiliser and soil management, general crop and livestock production;
  • Technical analysis and reports.

The FFC is also a science provider so problems that require more than ‘off-the-shelf’ advice can be addressed by research.

For more information please contact us.

The BHU Future Farming Centre

Services - Research

The FFC has expertise in, and can undertake, a broad range of scientific research, as outlined below. This ranges from quick desk studies to scope issues, through to comprehensive research programs, drawing on our external research colleagues and partner organisations.

Examples of the research already undertaken at the FFC can be found on our information pages

 Soils

  • Nutrient management
  • Tillage
  • Compaction / controlled traffic farming (CTF)
  • Cover crops / green manures
  • Biological nitrogen management

Weeds

All aspects of non-chemical weed management

  • System level - rotations / preventative
  • Tillage
  • In-crop weeding
  • Machinery
  • Thermal weeding

Pests and diseases

  • Physical management, e.g. using mesh crop covers for insect pest management
  • Biological management
    • Inundative e.g., biological sprays for fungi and insects)
    • Conservation e.g., floral resources
    • Classical e.g., introduced biocontrol agents
  • Ecological e.g., rotations, crop and cultivar mixtures

General crop production

Integrating soil, pest, disease, weed, livestock and machinery research to optimise crop production - both profit and sustainability.

Machinery

Considerable practical experience in agricultural machinery design and build.

Livestock

In collaboration with our livestock research partners we can undertake a diverse range of sustainable livestock research.