Media Release: Survey Results Will Detail Farmers' Changing Attitudes to Climate Change

Survey results on how farmers’ understanding of climate change and its impacts have changed over the last decade will be released at the New Zealand Agricultural Climate Change Conference 2019 (NZACCC), in Palmerston North on April 8-9.

The results will also reveal how farmers are now viewing greenhouse gas mitigation efforts in agriculture and give their views on the effective communication of climate change science.

The recent Climate Change Attitudes Survey was conducted by Nielsen as part of the Ministry of Primary Industries’ Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) Research programme of work, which last year celebrated its 10th anniversary.

It replicates a survey initially run in 2009 to get information about farmers’ opinions in order to give direction to the SLMACC programme and surrounding climate change policy.

This latest survey was conducted at the end of last year, with emphasis on comparing with the initial survey results as well as asking other questions more specific to the current climate change state-of-play.

Full results will be available following the NZACCC, with a snapshot of the key findings presented at the conference.

The NZACCC is New Zealand’s most important agricultural conference on climate change for two years. It will bring together scientists, government policy advisors, farmers and industry leaders to discuss the theme of meeting the challenges of climate change with respect to farming.

The conference is being organised by the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC), in partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGgRc), and will be held at the Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre, 354 Main Street. Presentations will be given by New Zealand science, industry and policy leaders.

The programme will draw on published scientific work and the research projects being conducted by the NZAGRC-PGgRc and by MPI’s Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Research Programme.

Attendance is free but registration is required. For more information or to register please go to

For further information please contact event organiser Nicky Vallender, email, mobile 021 033 5605

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