The Lincoln University Chancellor and former Federated Farmers national president Tom Lambie became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services for agriculture in the New Year.
The national president of Federated Farmers from 2002 to 2005 said the New Year Honours was a reflection of the great people he worked with.
The university chancellor was excited about the year ahead which included the rebuild of the institute after the earthquake.
Working with AgResearch, Plant and Food Research, and Landcare Research in a new way would create a significant powerhouse, he said.
As chairman of the Opuha Water Partnership, which oversaw the Opuha Dam, he had decided to employ someone to deal with the environmental issues directly.
“It is about increasing our professionalism.”
The dam irrigated 350ha of 415ha of his organic farm in Pleasant Point in South Canterbury farm.
He said there are three exciting things happening in Canterbury this year.
Farmers would work together to discuss water storage and distribution options.
They would also look at how to increase irrigation and enhance rivers.
His area had created a land and water plan which determined for the first time a limit on how many nutrients the catchment could take.
Farmers would also look at how to increase biodiversity around rivers through planting and re-planting in storm damaged shelter belts.