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NZ scientists line up first lo-gas sheep

Tuesday - 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.

Tuesday - 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.

Tuesday - 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 Horizon’s 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 farmers’ 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 factored in.


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 Zealand’s 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 government’s 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:

Climate crisis puts pressure on King Corn

27 Jun 14 - One-third of cropland in the US is devoted to corn. It produces nearly 40 per cent of the world’s corn, and a record harvest last year was valued at nearly $70 billion.

Green award finds top farmers

27 Jun 14 - The finalists have been named in the inaugural Green Agricultural Innovation Awards.

Fonterra and DOC join hands for green growth

6 Jun 14 - Pure Advantage, the not-for-profit organisation promoting green growth, says that Fonterra and the Department of Conservation will be the corporate leaders for its ‘Biodiversity Advantage’.

Learn new ways to manage pests

30 May 14 - Lincoln University and the Biological Husbandry Unit are holding a series of workshops on new ways to manage pests.


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