On December 1st, 2011, confirmation was received by RLLT of the establishment of the NZ Biological Farming Systems Research Centre (TM). The RLLT Trustees desired to create the trading name as a mechanism for the continued advancement of research and dialog around biological farming systems and a way forward. The NZ BFSRC is a valuable outcome of the 1st National Conference on Biological Farming Systems, held in Rotorua on the 27th and 28th of October, 2011. The chosen venue proved to be too small to comfortably accommodate all those in attendance. The conference was originally designed to cater for about 200 attendees in total. There was still considerable interest to attend even after the registration was closed at 270 attendees. The trustees and staff of RLLT were ecstatic, but the huge success of the event did create a few technical difficulties.
The RLLT trustees decided in December, 2011 that the 2nd National Biological Farming Systems Conference to be hosted by the trust will take place in 2013. The idea for the bi-annual calendar is to give NZ BFSRC time to complete the many projects which have received renewed vigor or have been freshly created as a direct result of the conference.
The conference was designed to present "the science" supporting biological farming as a system of farming which can benefit the farmer and provide beneficial outcomes for the environment. The next conferences program will be announced closer to the time.
Biological Farming Systems can be applied to all sizes of properties and non farming situations as well. The theme of the 1st Conference was "Toward Sustainable Farming, for farmers, by farmers". Publications and information from the 1st National Conference on Biological Farming Systems is available on this website.