Foresters reject farm loss claims

Claims about pastoral farming being killed by forestry have been rejected by a forestry consultant as overstated and alarmist.

Farm land needs protection too

Productive farmland needs the same protection the Government is giving to vegetable-growing soils, Wairoa Mayor Craig Little says.

Warning of green desert of trees

Incentives for tree-planting credit schemes could create a great, green desert of radiata pine and trample native bush, officials have heard.

The Government proposes taxing farm livestock emissions and fertiliser emissions from 2025.

Forest wants slow trees growth

As opposition rises around the purchase and planting of large tracts of farmland for trees Forest Protection Services managing director Kevin Ihaka suggests it might be time for the Government to put the brakes on the pace of the ambitious Billion Trees project and get farmers back on side. He spoke to Richard Rennie about how trees and farms can stand together better.

Forests push up farm prices

The median price of forestry land has increased 45% in the last year, driven by Government incentives to plant trees, according to the Real Estate Institute.

Gamblers lift farm prices

International investors speculating the cost of carbon credits will rise are driving forestry expansion and pushing up farmland prices.

Trees make rural mayors nervous

Wairoa Mayor Craig Little is nervous.

In the last eight months 10,000ha, 7% of his district’s remaining pasture land, has been sold for forestry and he estimates it will cost 60 direct and indirect livestock farming jobs while creating 15.

Wood trade talks get the wobbles

A change in direction by New Zealand in negotiations to upgrade the free-trade deal with China is off to a wobbly start.

The National-led Government signed up to the talks in 2016 only after getting agreement from China that safeguards slicing up to $100m a year off milk powder returns were up for negotiation.

Will money really grow on trees?

Farmers have been enjoying strategic planning and business management in their heads but the pressure is on to get that planning onto paper.

Forest becomes more appealing

Tree-planting incentives being offered by the Government will make forestry a more appealing land use option at the cost of food production, Rabobank sustainability analyst Blake Holgate says.