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Whanganui/Rangitīkei interest in hemp industry

[09 August/The Country] Gioia Damosso, Rangitikei District Council Economic Development Advisor reports that more than 100 people went to Marton’s All About Hemp information session and were keen to co-operate and grow the industry. Attendees learnt how to grow and harvest hemp and the complex legislation and regulation surrounding hemp was also explained. The aim...

Telford’s $4.7m boost a relief for supporters

[09 August/The Country] South Otago farm institute Telford received a $4.7million boost from the Government this week, to allow it to operate its campus in 2020 and 2021, saving it from closure. Education Minister Chris Hipkins also signalled a possible long term reprieve for Telford in the future. The Southern Institute of Technology took over...

AgMARDT International Internship at AbacusBio

[07 August/AGMARDT] AGMART and AbacusBio are taking applications for a 16 week internship starting in November 2019 for early-career self-starters employed in agri-tech, agri-business or agri-food sectors. The programme is intended to help participants with skills in business analysis, project development and delivery as well as giving participants exposure to international agricultural challenges and how...

Compostable netting a first

[13 August/The Country] Bostock New Zealand has become the first New Zealand grower to use home compostable netting for organic onions to help reduce the need for plastic packaging. It was also the first New Zealand apple grower to trial compostable fruit stickers this year. The company aims to lead the way in environmentally friendly...

Unsocial media

[13 August/Rural News] Differences are publicly emerging on social media between Federated Farmers and DairyNZ over support for the Government’s policies on sustainability. A lively exchange on twitter erupted last week after Tracy Brown, Chair of DairyNZ’s Dairy Environment Leaders Forum, tweeted a Ministry for Environment proposal on climate change and Federated Farmers Dairy Chairman...

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand has ‘potential’ to be 100 per cent clean and green

[13 August/Stuff NZ] Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern states she hasn’t given up on New Zealand becoming 100 per cent clean and green, whilst farmers have acknowledged they trade on that reputation. The Prime Minister reported how the Emissions Trading Scheme needs to be designed so that farmers who are picking up the extra costs associated...

Farmer who confronted environmentalists about winter grazing speaks out

[13 August/Stuff NZ] Southland Farmer Jason Herrick confronted environmentalists who were taking pictures of cows on his farm standing in mud, reporting that he looks after his cows and the activists had no need to take photos of his stock for their campaign against winter grazing. But environmentalist Angus Robson, who spearheaded the campaign by...

Shadow of Resource Management Act review hangs over One Plan changes

  [13 August/Stuff NZ] Horizons Regional Council is in the process of changing its environment management rulebook, The One Plan whilst keeping an eye on a Government initiated review looming. The One Plan has been the subject of various court cases during the past decade so the council has recently made some changes to ensure...

Plastic pollution from giant sandbags threatens Baylys beach

[13 August/The Country] Giant plastic sandbags now litter the entranceway to Baylys beach after last weekend’s storm and some residents are blaming council decision makers. The bags were installed for just under $50,000 in 2015 by the Kaipara District Council to prevent erosion and to keep the access way clear for beach visitors, however locals...

The raw truths about vegan farming

[13 August/The Country] The IPCC special report, Climate Change and Land, released last week, has found a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the “land”: largely farming, food production, land clearing and deforestation. Beyond Meat claims its plant-based burger requires 99% less water, 93% less land, 90% fewer greenhouse emissions and 46%...

Eat plants to help the climate, IPCC report suggests

[09 August/Stuff NZ] A new report into climate change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), gives a detailed look into the impact climate change will have in the future and pushes for citizens to think about their actions. The report, which was released on Thursday, covers an extensive range of topics and looks...

Rick’s Beef: Science and an equitable framework vital

[08 August/The Country] Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has made a submission to the Government urging them to adopt a science-based approach to changes to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill so the country can meet its Paris Agreement commitments while ensuring a more equitable framework for all sectors of the economy....

Tree plan on only marginal land

[08 August/Farmers Weekly] Drylandcarbon was formed in March by Air NZ, Contact Energy, Genesis Energy and Z Energy to sequester carbon on their behalf, however Executive Director Ant Beverley reports that they acknowledge the concerns of rural communities that jobs and services are lost when farmland is converted to forestry. The firm will buy 20,000ha...

Fonterra will record farm gases

[08 August/Farmers Weekly] Fonterra Co-operative Group has committed to provide annual biological greenhouse gas emissions reports for each of its 10,000-plus milk supply farms from the end of this season onwards after a pilot scheme on more than 100 farms produced a robust method for quantifying farm emissions. The co-operative included the commitment in their...

What the UN’s latest big climate report means for NZ

[08 August/The Country] A just-released major UN report on climate change has big implications for agricultural New Zealand according to scientists and researchers. Associate Professor Anita Wreford, of Lincoln University reported that it was highly relevant to New Zealand as it grappled for trade-off with reducing emissions, as around half are contributed by agriculture. Prof....

Leaft Foods- Media release

[08 August/Leaft Foods] Plant protein ingredients company, Leaft Foods, has been launched in Canterbury. They are planning to produce leaf protein concentrate ingredients for leading consumer food companies world-wide, with high nutritional value and a lighter environmental footprint than animal or grain-based sources of protein. Their paddock to product business seeks to play a role...

Federated Farmers backs key themes of biodiversity strategy

[13 August/The Country] Federated Farmers endorses a newly proposed national biodiversity strategy that speaks about enabling and supporting communities “to connect with nature in their own way”. The Te Koiora o Te Koiora (Our Vision for Nature) discussion document has five key ‘system shifts’ which are co-ordination, empowerment of iwi and communities, delivering joined-up work...

History made as iwi buys Kaitaia market gardens

[13 August/The Country] Far North iwi Te Rarawa has made its biggest post-settlement purchase to date by buying Bell’s Produce, consisting more than 200 hectares of market gardens on the outskirts of Kaitaia. The produce store employs more than 100 people in peak season and is expected to provide lots of work and training opportunities...

Working together for common good

[08 August/Farmers Weekly] Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes reported that agriculture in New Zealand and Australia can benefit by sharing knowledge and experience, as the two countries face a variety of challenges that need to be solved. Victoria is leading the call in Australia for a national response to address climate change and agriculture is...

Young entrepreneurs tap into coffee culture with milk keg concept

[12 August/The Country] Two young Dunedin entrepreneurs, Jo Mahon and Luka Licul have co-founded Spout Alternatives, which puts milk into kegs to reduce the number of plastic containers used in cafes. The new milk dispensing system was formed earlier this year and the two entrepreneurs partnered with Dunedin Café The Corner Store to pilot the...

Fonterra reveals big write-down and forecasts second financial loss

[12 August/The Country] Fonterra Co-operative Group have announced that they expect to report a financial loss for the financial year just ended of between $590 and $675 million dollars and that dividends will not be paid for the financial year of 2019 in order to pay off debt. Chief Executive Miles Hurrell stated that write-downs,...

New Zealand origin at is at heart of Fonterra strategy

[09 August/Farmers Weekly] Fonterra Co-operative Group’s Chairman John Monaghan has announced the co-op will make more of its New Zealand provenance and specialist dairy products in its new strategy out next month. Fonterra now intends to concentrate on making more from NZ milk, not milk from overseas pools that require extra investment, infrastructure and people....

Trade war not hitting Kiwi exports

[09 August/Farmers Weekly] Chinese buyers of New Zealand’s major primary exports have avoided hitting the panic button so far despite a seemingly significant escalation in the trade war with the United States. President Donald Trump says he will hit all remaining Chinese imports not already subject to a 25% tariff with at least 10% tariffs...

Improvement in genetics at Young Farmers-owned dairy farm in Auckland

[13 August/The Country] Calving is in full swing at the Auckland dairy farm owned by NZ Young Farmers (NZYF). About 135 cows were wintered on the 74-hectare property, up from 115 cows last season. The season is off to a promising start, with milk production up 50 percent on the same time last season. Forty-three...