Dairy Environment Leaders is an active network of dairy farmers who promote sustainability at regional and national levels.

The annual Forum brings them together for a three-day programme to support, develop and empower the dairy farming leaders to lead positive change, shape a sustainable future for the dairy industry and enhance New Zealand's communities.

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DairyNZ's Strategy and Investment Leader (Sustainability) Dr Rick Pridmore spoke to The Country Early Edition's Andy Thompson about the Forum, saying it's about "building up a cohort of farmers..so they can help...and train other farmers."

Dairy Environment Leaders Forum is in its fifth year and now has over 200 dairy farmers involved in the programme.

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This year's Forum focuses on 'dairy leading change – leadership, pride and influence'.

The ultimate goal is that DEL farmers come away from the Forum inspired and motivated to help dairy continue its journey to securing a sustainable future.