Sustainability

Major new study reveals attitude to climate change in rural sector

[09 April/NewsHub] A survey conducted by Nielson research and commission by the Ministry for Primary Industries has shown farmers are more focused on sustainability and the impacts of climate change more than ever. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor stated the result was heartening, especially when considering some of the specific actions farmers reported putting into place....

Fonterra nears green targets

[12 October/Farmers Weekly] Over 1,000 Farm Environment Plans had been produced through Fonterra’s sustainability programme. Its second annual sustainability report would disclose this. It was due next month and would also update embers in the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord programme. Its on-farm audits showed 99.6 percent of waterways had been fenced. Only a few dozen...

Bamboo bike riding conservationist spreading anti-plastic message

[28 November/ NZ Herald] Former Teacher, Libby Bowles has embarked on a pedal-powered mission to teach others to say no to single use plastic. Ms Bowles was making her way around Northland on a bike she made out of bamboo, giving presentations to schools about keeping plastic out of oceans. Ms Bowles said there was...

Marae enterprise sowing a seed for the environment

[2 November/New Zealand Herald] Te Rarawa Noho Taiao, a marae-based environmental programme is a finalist for this year’s WWF-New Zealand Conservation Innovation Awards. The experience is aimed at exposing young iwi members to environmental issues to boost awareness and encourage environmental leadership and innovation at the hapu and iwi level. In January, the programme will...

Federated Farmers: Agrecovery working hard to encourage recycling

[27 October/New Zealand Herald] Agrecovery, a not-for-profit charitable trust, is looking to improve recycling efforts in the farming industry. Last year the equivalent of 40 percent of agri-chemical drums and containers were collected and recycled via Agrecovery. This is short of the 60 percent Australia and Canada were achieving. Last month Associate Environment Minister Scott...

Scott expanding to meet demand

[17 October/ Farmers Weekly] Meat processing automated equipment was the most substantial revenue earner for Scott Technology, as the automation was increasing the value of sheep and beef processors’ meat yields including $4 to $5 for every lamb carcase. Scott Technology experienced a 256 percent increase in meat processing sales in the 2016 year, revenues...

Entries open for farm environment awards

[16 October/ Stuff] Entries for the 2018 Ballance Farm Environment Awards are open and all farmers and horticulturists, including orchardists, vegetable growers and viticulturists, are eligible to enter. The awards, organised by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust, are to encourage land stewardship by showcasing sustainable farming and also to prove sound farming practices and business management...

Grant to feed sustainable living dream

[6 October/ New Zealand Herald] Garden enthusiast Sara Hamilton has won a $5000 AMP regional scholarship that she will use to help reach her goal of creating a community that can feed itself from its backyard gardens. This Grow for Life and Love project became important for Ms Hamilton after she began working with Totara...