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Farmers and foresters are taking to the streets

14 Oct 19 - Tensions between farmers and foresters over land acquisitions are about to be played out on the streets of Wellington.

NZ bankrolls Scottish search for clean green sheep

4 Oct 19 - New Zealand is putting money and science behind Scottish research into farming climate-friendly sheep.

ROBO-CROP: Five roles robots will play in future of farming

2 Oct 19 - With the complex data collecting devices of today’s world, agriculture is in the midst of a high-tech revolution- particularly in the area of precision farming.

Why environment has place in red-meat debate

Professor Jim Mann

1 Oct 19 - Recommendations that people should keep eating red meat fail to take environmental damage into account – posing a long-term threat to human health, says one of New Zealand’s leading medical researchers.

Farmers fret over green demands, says bank

26 Sep 19 - Fonterra’s economic woes are not the only thing worrying farmers – they’re also becoming increasingly anxious about the Government’s plans to make them clean up their environmental performance and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Food supplies under threat as phosphate supply runs short

9 Sep 19 - The world faces an “imminent crisis” in the supply of phosphate, a critical fertiliser that underpins the world’s food supply, scientists have warned.

FARMING FUTURE: When a fence is not a fence

5 Sep 19 - Virtual fencing is a new technology that could help cattle farmers to deal with the changing climate by allowing a system of land sharing that delivers sustainability and productivity.


HEMP HURRAH: Bigger than oil, says backer

23 Aug 19 - The low-carbon future is hemp, says a company dedicated to making the once-banned product the backbone of the New Zealand economy.

Pioneer pushes farming for soil-carbon credits

Ken Newcombe

21 Aug 19 - Farming for soil-carbon credits offers landowners in New Zealand and other OECD agricultural countries a vast potential to make money, says a global carbon markets pioneer.

SOIL STUDY: What's going on beneath our feet?

20 Aug 19 - Scientists have completed one of the first studies of the impact of drought and warmer temperatures on living organisms below the ground.

Changing climate now farmers' biggest worry

12 Aug 19 - Climate change is now the single greatest issue on farmers’ minds, according to the latest Farm Confidence Survey.

Food growers fear loss of land to dairying

26 Jul 19 - The Government’s drive to cut greenhouse gas emissions could see horticultural land taken over by a dairy industry being squeezed by expanding forestry, MPs have been told.

Farmers back 2030 methane cuts - but not 2050

25 Jul 19 - Dairy farmers are backing the Government’s plan to cut methane emissions by 10 per cent by 2030, telling MPs it is achievable.

Pigs in the shade: This radical farming system banks on trees

16 Jul 19 - A farm in Portugal is showing how the ancient art of silvopasture – combining livestock with productive trees – might offer some real answers to the climate crisis.

Think bioenergy for woodlots, farmers told

15 Jul 19 - Farmers facing falling log exports and prices for timber from woodlots are being urged to consider a new market – bioenergy.

Farmers table offer for cutting methane

4 Jul 19 - Farmers say they are prepared to cut methane emissions by 10 per cent by 2050 – well short of the target the Government intends imposing.

Nervous farmers eye methane cut obligations

1 Jul 19 - The prospect of having to cut methane emissions by 10 per cent over the next decade is depressing otherwise optimistic farmers.

Nats vow to fight farm emissions moves

Simon Bridges

17 Jun 19 - The National Party says it will continue to oppose bringing agricultural emissions into the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Farmers not alone in methane mix, say Nats

10 Jun 19 - The farming sector isn’t the only industry that should be targeted for methane reductions, the National Party says.


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