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Use your phone to report water pollution

Monday - Water pollution may soon be reported by the public over a phone app and investigated by an aerial robot.

Win some, lose some ... that's climate change

Northern Australia ... getting wetter.

Monday - With climate change, you win some, you lose some. New research shows that suitable new cropland could become available in the high latitudes as the world warms − but tropical regions may become less productive.

We're spending millions, say green-wise farmers

22 Sep 14 - Manawatu-Whanganui region farmers have spent an average $110,000 each over the past five years on measures to protect the environment, according to a Federated Farmers survey.

Pumped-up couple win energy award

David and Sarah Smith ... winners.

22 Sep 14 - The switch to a gravity-feed water system has resulted in huge cost-savings for Otago farmers David and Sarah Smith, winners of an energy excellence award in the 2014 Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

NZ scientists line up first lo-gas sheep

16 Sep 14 - Farmers could have access to low-methane-emitting sheep as early as 2016.

It makes no sense to rely on the same few crops

Bambara ... nutritious groundnut.

16 Sep 14 - We are in the middle of one of the biggest experiments in human history. At its core is the homogenisation of global food systems, which increasingly must deliver the same products to an expanding population across the world.

Drain the milk lake and create healthier, happier cows

Holsteins ... remarkable cows.

16 Sep 14 - Milk, a precious resource in many parts of the world, has become a throwaway commodity in wealthy countries.


Angry green-plan backers desert Horizon council

8 Sep 14 - Every member of the Horizonís Regional Council that worked on the controversial One Plan has left amid allegations of political interference in implementing the ground-breaking environmental rules.

Attention farmers: Stand by for a proliferation of pests

Cucumber beetle.

8 Sep 14 - Coming soon to a farm near you: just about every possible type of pest that could take advantage of the ripening harvest in the nearby fields.

Scientists claim fertiliser breakthrough

1 Sep 14 - Researchers in the UK think they may have found a way to produce fertilisers that should cut farmersí costs and at the same time boost some types of renewable energy.

Climate change increases the odds of a hungry world

4 Aug 14 - The odds on food production being unable to meet the needs of an expanding population are hard to predict, but a new study shows that the risk increases dramatically when man-made climate change is...

Why swimmable rivers are a bridge too far

1 Aug 14 - Federated Farmers environment spokesman IAN MACKENZIE on why making rivers swimmable isn't practical.

Organic farming growing rapidly, says EU

1 Aug 14 - The organic farming sector has grown rapidly over the past 10 years, to about 500,000 new hectares every year, according to European Union statistics.

Warming world wake-up call for Asia

1 Aug 14 - Researchers in the UK have established a link between changing climate and agriculture that could have significant consequences for food supplies in South Asia.

Scientist sees smart farmers already changing systems

25 Jul 14 - Smart farmers are already adapting to climate change, says the Professor of Dairying Systems at Massey University, Dr Danny Donaghy.

Big thinking, fresh thinking key to our future

25 Jul 14 - Imagine being able to contain greenhouse gas emissions, make fertiliser use more efficient, keep water waste to a minimum, and put food on the table for the 10 billion people crowded into the...

Savvy farmers back push for clean-tech economy

Brian Cox ... no Government interest.

11 Jul 14 - The agricultural sector is putting its weight behind New Zealandís shift to a clean-tech economy, says the Bioenergy Association.

Australian farmers led astray on carbon farming

11 Jul 14 - Australian farmers and rural land owners are being told that they will be given powerful and direct incentives to store carbon in the land under the federal governmentís new climate policy.

Why carbon tax proposal won't work

Dr William Rolleston ... no benefits.

4 Jul 14 - Newly elected Federated Farmers' president Dr William Rolleston explains why he thinks the Green Party's carbon tax proposal is not a runner:


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CRL Energy wins environment award

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