Connecting a farm business
There are three main ways a farm business can connect into RMPP Action Network - through a rural professional, as an individual farmer or as an existing discussion group.
Who can take part?
Farmers from across New Zealand are invited to join RMPP Action Network. A farm business is eligible if it:
- Contributes to the primary production of red meat and
- Commits to working alongside other farmers in a group environment and
- Considers making some on-farm changes.
If a farming business comprises multiple blocks/farms, provided each block/farm is managed independently and runs its own financial budget, then the person who directly oversees the management of the block/farm can join an Action Group as a farmer participant representing that farm business unit.
Through a Rural Professional
Get in touch with a local rural professional and ask them if they are involved in RMPP Action Network.
If the answer is YES, they can connect you with other farm businesses who are interested in similar topics.
If the answer is NO, register your interest with RMPP and we can help you connect.
Examples of Rural Professionals:
- Beef + Lamb NZ representative
- Farm Advisor/consultant
- Meat Processor
- Rural Bank Manager
- Rural Accountant
- Fertiliser Representative
Note: A number of rural professionals are already involved with RMPP Action Network and may be in touch with you directly.
As an individual farm business
Do you know of any other farm businesses who have similar topics of interest that might be interested in forming an Action Group?
If the answer is YES, you can contact them and look to form an Action Group on your own. Once you have 7-9 farm businesses keen on forming an Action Group, the next step is to find a facilitator.
If the answer is NO, you can get in touch with a a local rural professional or register your interest with RMPP and we will help you form a group.
As an existing discussion group
If you are already involved in a discussion group, there are some questions to consider.
1) Does my current group fit the criteria for an Action Group above?
2) Are there 7-9 farm businesses within my current group who share similar interests and would be keen to set up an Action Group?
3) Do I stick with my current discussion group and look at connecting into RMPP Action Network with a new group of farmers who share similar interests?
These questions will determine whether you connect as an individual farm business or can transition your current discussion group into RMPP Action Network.
If you do have 7-9 farm businesses who are keen to connect, the next step is to find a facilitator.