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Farmers resent the proposed uncompensated lock on their native biodiverse forest land while the same politicians give a free rein to urban investors to plant monocultures around them to cover their continued fossil fuel use
19th Aug 22, 9:02am
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Farmers resent the proposed uncompensated lock on their native biodiverse forest land while the same politicians give a free rein to urban investors to plant monocultures around them to cover their continued fossil fuel use
Guy Trafford traces falling product prices, stunted customer demand, regulatory twisting of land use, all working to lower food production. Pasture-based livestock farming faces new uncertainties all of a sudden
18th Aug 22, 11:40am
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Guy Trafford traces falling product prices, stunted customer demand, regulatory twisting of land use, all working to lower food production. Pasture-based livestock farming faces new uncertainties all of a sudden
Guy Trafford sees a lazy farming minority claiming their views aren't being heard, because they can't win with arguments in the various democratic forums available
16th Aug 22, 10:32am
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Guy Trafford sees a lazy farming minority claiming their views aren't being heard, because they can't win with arguments in the various democratic forums available
Nothing matches carbon-farming economics on sheep and beef land
16th Aug 22, 8:53am
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Nothing matches carbon-farming economics on sheep and beef land
"Sequestration has to be an actual and transparent thing. We can't be falsifying any aspect of it, and we can't be leaving parts out of that equation either" - Adam Forbes
13th Aug 22, 10:00am
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"Sequestration has to be an actual and transparent thing. We can't be falsifying any aspect of it, and we can't be leaving parts out of that equation either" - Adam Forbes
Climate Change Commission caught making erroneous claim on 'complexity' of measuring carbon sequestration for vegetation, an error that could cover ministers ignoring HWEN recommendations
12th Aug 22, 10:02am
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Climate Change Commission caught making erroneous claim on 'complexity' of measuring carbon sequestration for vegetation, an error that could cover ministers ignoring HWEN recommendations
Guy Trafford says if urban NZ wants the lifestyle that export earnings from farming generates but doesn't want the cows that generate it, they are going to have to pay to get what they think they want
12th Aug 22, 7:20am
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Guy Trafford says if urban NZ wants the lifestyle that export earnings from farming generates but doesn't want the cows that generate it, they are going to have to pay to get what they think they want
A foot and mouth outbreak in NZ would affect more than agriculture – tourism needs a plan too
9th Aug 22, 1:04pm
by Guest
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A foot and mouth outbreak in NZ would affect more than agriculture – tourism needs a plan too
If society wants lower impacts from livestock on private land, will they achieve it by paying farmers for their loss, or regulate it because they have power to impose costs on landowners?
9th Aug 22, 10:11am
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If society wants lower impacts from livestock on private land, will they achieve it by paying farmers for their loss, or regulate it because they have power to impose costs on landowners?
Carbon sequestration becoming a rural issue, separating the HWEN supporters from the Climate Change Commission. Some farmers see an apocalyptic future for food production
8th Aug 22, 8:52am
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Carbon sequestration becoming a rural issue, separating the HWEN supporters from the Climate Change Commission. Some farmers see an apocalyptic future for food production
As farmers look ahead, they are leaking confidence as pressures mount from all directions
4th Aug 22, 11:31am
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As farmers look ahead, they are leaking confidence as pressures mount from all directions
Guy Trafford reports on renewed interest in DCD as an effective and benign way to mitigate the impact of excessive nitrogen in farming environments
4th Aug 22, 8:24am
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Guy Trafford reports on renewed interest in DCD as an effective and benign way to mitigate the impact of excessive nitrogen in farming environments
Long-term exotic forests will now to be allowed in the ETS and carbon price is on the rise again
3rd Aug 22, 9:57am
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Long-term exotic forests will now to be allowed in the ETS and carbon price is on the rise again
Despite weakening demand from China and India, log prices rose in July after shipping costs fell. Domestic demand remains good, and sawn timber sales to Europe are strong too
1st Aug 22, 10:04am
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Despite weakening demand from China and India, log prices rose in July after shipping costs fell. Domestic demand remains good, and sawn timber sales to Europe are strong too
Nathan Penny says, despite new pressures, improved meat processing capacity, falling shipping costs and the weak NZ dollar should boost farmgate meat prices over coming months
26th Jul 22, 12:53pm
by Guest
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Nathan Penny says, despite new pressures, improved meat processing capacity, falling shipping costs and the weak NZ dollar should boost farmgate meat prices over coming months
NZ's trade negotiators found EU trade negotiators believed the FTA was all about managing New Zealand’s access into the market, not about free trade at all. They were told “many, many times last week, we care about Australia, we don’t care about you”
21st Jul 22, 4:16pm
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NZ's trade negotiators found EU trade negotiators believed the FTA was all about managing New Zealand’s access into the market, not about free trade at all. They were told “many, many times last week, we care about Australia, we don’t care about you”
Industry groups now need to decide how to manage the HWEN stand-off with the risk of being left outside the tent
20th Jul 22, 12:45pm
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Industry groups now need to decide how to manage the HWEN stand-off with the risk of being left outside the tent
Waning demand from China is behind the extended fall in SMP and WMP prices at the latest dairy auction, says Guy Trafford
20th Jul 22, 10:16am
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Waning demand from China is behind the extended fall in SMP and WMP prices at the latest dairy auction, says Guy Trafford
It may be winter here, but Guy Trafford can't help but notice Northern Hemisphere heat waves and he wonders what our summer may have in store
20th Jul 22, 9:31am
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It may be winter here, but Guy Trafford can't help but notice Northern Hemisphere heat waves and he wonders what our summer may have in store
Dr Harry Clark assesses where HWEN fits in to the changing societal demand for change, even when NZ agriculture has a leading position responding to the climate challenges. Prescriptive regulation delivers worse outcomes than agreed partnership programs
16th Jul 22, 11:13am
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Dr Harry Clark assesses where HWEN fits in to the changing societal demand for change, even when NZ agriculture has a leading position responding to the climate challenges. Prescriptive regulation delivers worse outcomes than agreed partnership programs
Guy Trafford looks at the role wheat plays in global food security and finds it hasn't been a profitable activity for most farmers for some time. Subsidies keep the industry going in many countries. The volumes available for the export trade are limited
16th Jul 22, 10:06am
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Guy Trafford looks at the role wheat plays in global food security and finds it hasn't been a profitable activity for most farmers for some time. Subsidies keep the industry going in many countries. The volumes available for the export trade are limited
New Zealand misses out on any 'innovation awards' at Global Dairy Congress, as Chinese companies scoop the pool. NZ Govt. funds rich-lister's equity projects. Synlait's payout matches Fonterra
12th Jul 22, 9:53am
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New Zealand misses out on any 'innovation awards' at Global Dairy Congress, as Chinese companies scoop the pool. NZ Govt. funds rich-lister's equity projects. Synlait's payout matches Fonterra
Allan Barber reports that very high demand for red meat has processors scrambling for skilled workers. The new procurement wars may not be waged over livestock, but people
9th Jul 22, 9:52am
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Allan Barber reports that very high demand for red meat has processors scrambling for skilled workers. The new procurement wars may not be waged over livestock, but people
Guy Trafford reviews the NZ-EU free trade deal and finds ... not much. Certainly little to benefit NZ, and the EU conceding nothing. He worries it may set a precedent of failure in other FTA negotiations
6th Jul 22, 9:55am
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Guy Trafford reviews the NZ-EU free trade deal and finds ... not much. Certainly little to benefit NZ, and the EU conceding nothing. He worries it may set a precedent of failure in other FTA negotiations
Just like many other industries, change is a constant in land use, responding to markets, the environmental needs, and regulators. Connected advisers can help farm managers choose the optimum path
2nd Jul 22, 1:48pm
Just like many other industries, change is a constant in land use, responding to markets, the environmental needs, and regulators. Connected advisers can help farm managers choose the optimum path