Daunting report puts trees first

A landscape full of daunting challenges for the primary sector as New Zealand transitions to a zero carbon economy has been painted in a Productivity Commission report of Biblical proportions.

Ballance to reinvest its surplus

For the first time in four years Ballance Agri-Nutrients has surplus earnings to reinvest in the business after the rebate payment to farmer shareholders.

The fertiliser co-operative has confirmed a bottom-line profit of $9.19 million for the year ended May 31.  

Methane needs special ETS rules

The Productivity Commission’s final report on achieving a low carbon economy makes concrete recommendations on how to treat methane under the Emissions Trading Scheme, says the ETS should be administered by a new, independent government agency, and says tradeable New Zealand Units of carbon should be regulated as financial instruments.

Methane needs big cut

Farm methane emissions will have to fall more than 20% just to stand still.

The latest research on New Zealand’s livestock methane emissions shows emission levels will have to drop by more than 20% from 2016 levels if it is to make no further contribution to global warming.

Fonterra split must be debated

Further evolution of Fonterra’s capital structure needs discussion by farmer-shareholders, 2018 Kellogg scholar and dairy farmer James Courtman says.

Shareholders first need to settle on the direction of travel and whether the co-operative should be a strong player in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market.

Kiwi agri women lead the way

New Zealand is leading the way when it comes to including women in agricultural businesses, Agri Women’s Development Trust executive director Lindy Nelson says.

Speaking on behalf of the Ministry for Primary Industries and Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment as the sole NZ representative at the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) 2018 in Papua New Guinea, Nelson was inspired by what she had to offer.

Agritech could save New Zealand

Agritech can save the New Zealand economy, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

The worldwide demand for food continues to soar with some estimating the market to be worth US$3 trillion and much of the growth coming from specialty and healthy foods.

Agency picks good farm-selling season

Older sheep and beef farmers might see the next few months as an ideal time to sell their farms, rural real estate agency PGG Wrightson says in a spring outlook.

High lamb prices, a firm beef schedule, weakening currency and very low interest rates are all pointers to a positive outlook that could spur buyers into action, the firm’s real estate general manager Peter Newbold said.

Ravensdown improves position

Ravensdown's push for smarter farming includes reducing fertiliser inputs where science shows that will benefit both the farmer and the environment, chief executive Greg Campbell says in his annual review.

Take me to your changed leaders

An Agricultural sector leadership change is needed to boost export prosperity, Lincoln University agribusiness and economics research unit head Professor Caroline Saunders says.