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.

Fears forests will eat farms

Forecasters predict up to another 5.4 million hectares of trees will be needed to offset our carbon emissions so New Zealand’s primary sector and rural landscape will be changed irrevocably. Neal Wallace investigates the merits and implications of such a move.

Farm forestry sets new direction

The next Farm Forestry Association conference in Rotorua on May 16-20 will begin to chart a reformation for new and existing members.

Forest owners want clarity

Forest owners want clarity on what they are expected to deliver for climate change targets.

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton downplays the contribution of forestry in sequestering atmospheric carbon and wants to cut fossil fuel use.

Forests interest on growth curve

Interest in forestry is likely to be heightened in coming months with new environmental legislation that could include changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme.