RD Advisory Services
Rural Directions Advisory Services have a brand phrase to “Cultivate Thinking”. This is inspired by the fact that we are investors in the land ourselves and seek outcomes through the process of independent advice around land management and environmental management practices, adding value to businesses.
Rural Directions Advisory Services bridges the gap between the science behind the resource and the practicality of farming systems, while operating with 100% independence.
We have Two Certified Senior Land Management Advisors within the business whom have a wealth of knowledge in the space of:
- Farm Environmental Management Planning
- Nutrient Budgeting
- Land Use Project Planning
- Soil and Herbage Testing and Analysing
- Soil Mapping
Ian Millner has been with the HB Regional Council for the last 8 years as a Senior Land Management Advisor and has been involved in many projects and leadership forums including; initiation of the Ballance Farm Environmental Awards for the East Coast, working with Beef and Lamb to develop and promote their LEP toolkit, Plan Change 6 policy development and leading the development of nutrient modelling for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme. He comes with a wealth of knowledge and a vast network of private, local and national service providers throughout the country.
Ian is driven by assisting farmers to connect their land and their businesses. He has a forensic understanding of the technical requirements and how it can meet the practical requirements to drive a prosperous outcome.
Grant Bickley comes to Rural Directions Advisory Services after 9 years under the Ballance Agri-Nutrient brand, working as a Field Consultant and latterly a Merchant Specialist, offering technical extension training to field and sales staff. Previous to this Grant spent time as a Field Technician for NZ Arable – Independent Crop Research and Advice. Grant brings to the business outstanding technical skills and is a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor. He has practiced predominantly in the Northern South Island so has first-hand experience of the challenges (and benefits) of smart land and water management. He has a crusade to ensure farmers get the best independent technical science-related advice and overlay that by deploying best practice systems to ensure their farms are in great shape for future generations.