Farm forester wants more unity

Long-time forester and farmer Denis Hocking has voiced his concern over claims farming is likely to be eclipsed by forestry and reinforced calls for the two sectors to integrate more closely.

Foresters resist anti-tree pressure

A national television advertisement might signal a longer campaign to push back against anti-forestry pressure in rural areas over trees shoving farming from the rural landscape.

Forestry head happy with initial effort

A year into the Billion Trees project farmers are being urged to take advantage of the remaining $80 million available in forestry grants for the ambitious 2028 target.

Trees debate ratchets up

Large swathes of agricultural land need not be planted in trees for New Zealand to meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets, NZ’s largest carbon farmer says.

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.