Water vagueness flummoxes farmers

The exclusion of farming groups from the final deliberations on the Government’s freshwater policy has created anomalies that are the genesis of much of farmer concern and cynicism.

Big turnout fights farm upheaval

Government requirements for freshwater management in Canterbury are so severe they amount to economic vandalism on farming communities, Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers president David Clark says.

Farmers must get their stories in

Every farmer and Federated Farmers province is being urged to lodge submissions on the Government’s freshwater proposal even though a lot might not be read.

Agritech mission builds networks

The recent visit to the United Kingdom and Ireland by representatives of New Zealand agritech companies has been hailed a success, with those taking part being able to build networks and knowledge of opportunities that they will be able to leverage in the future.

Rural women strong in elections

Rural women along the eastern North Island have become a force to be reckoned with in the wake of election results.

Ringing endorsement for Collis

The largely rural district of Tararua has given a big thumbs up to its sitting mayor Tracey Collis, granting her an endorsement that includes a 4500 majority over her nearest rival.

Forester wants trees in right places

Putting the Horizons One Plan on more of a catchment-focused footing is a key goal for one of the regional council’s new members, John Turkington.

Organic project gives resilience

Landcorp has significantly reduced nitrogen leaching, improved soil structure and biomass and achieved greater pasture resilience on its Wairakei Pastoral Estate dairy farm due to receive full organic certification about now.

Bunds offer phosphorus solution

Capturing phosphate in water spilling off farm catchments has been made easier thanks to work done by a Rotorua farmer group and a doctoral student who have developed detainment bunds on trial properties.

Get on with it

Politicians might be slow acting on climate change but retailers and consumers who buy New Zealand produce aren’t and they expect Kiwi farmers to reduce their carbon footprint, special agricultural trade envoy Mike Petersen says.