The Ballance Farm Environment Awards recognise and celebrate good farm practices which promotes sustainable land management through an annual awards programme.

Why enter?

Benefits of entering include:

  • Linking sustainable farming practices to long-term profitability.
  • Discussing practical farm information and business with judges from a range of fields.
  • Gathering new ideas and different methods from other entrants.
  • Confirming that your current farm management practices are sustainable.
  • Prizes and recognition.
  • Benchmark your farming business with others.
  • Receive independent feedback from a team of agri-professionals.
  • Promote the many great sustainability initiatives already happening on farms.
  • Tell your own great farming story.


  • Regional Supreme Award
  • Ballance Agri-Nutrients Soil Management Award
  • DairyNZ Sustainability and Stewardship Award
  • Beef + Lamb New Zealand Livestock Award
  • Hill Laboratories Agri-Science Award
  • Massey University Innovation Award
  • CB Norwood Agri-Business Management Award
  • WaterForce Integrated Management Award
  • Farm Stewardship Award
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council Environmental Awards  
  • Zespri Kiwifruit Orchard Award (unique to Bay of Plenty region only)

Who is involved?

National Partners

  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Federated Farmers
  • Rabobank
  • QUII National Trust

Regional Partner

  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council  

Regional Sponsors

  • ZespriTM International Limited
  • Ports of Tauranga