Rural round-up

Joyce hints at more partnerships – Tim Fulton:

Science and Economic Development Steven Joyce has hinted at more partnerships between Lincoln and the private sector, calling his unspecified plan a crucial part of the tech-transfer story.

Joyce was at the university’s dairy research farm launching the second stage of the Pastoral 21 programme, highlighting the importance of places like Lincoln for information-sharing.

There had been a lot of talk over the years about the Lincoln campus developing and becoming a true agri-technology hub, he said.

Now, despite the cost of repairing earthquake damage, the university had a unique opportunity to take that role. . .

To feed the world we need to fix the politics not the environment – Milking on the Moove:

They say there will be 9 Billion people in 2050. The popular question is “how can we feed that number of people?”

There is literally not a day go by where I’m not confronted with some sort of report, program or video about the challenge of feeding the world.

The common theme is we need to increase agricultural productivity to meet this massive demand. The view that we have limited resources that will make food production more expensive or difficult in the future is widely popular.

Some people who belong to the environmental movements, like to use the growing demand to push their causes, one such cause is to promote the vegan lifestyle as less cattle will reduce CO2 emissions. 

Businesses also jump on the band wagon, because it allows them to get subsidies that keep their business profitable when it otherwise would not be, solar panel manufacturers spring to mind. . .

Eco-n suspension blow for Ravensdown – Tim Fulton:

Ravensdown is usually on full show at Lincoln farming events but last Thursday it was fronting up in a different way, explaining its position after suspending sales of its nitrogen inhibitor. Tim Fulton reports. 

ECO-N was introduced to the market on Lincoln University’s dairy research farm in February 2004, Ravensdown’s Richard Christie reminded farmers at the same spot on Thursday. . .

Irrigation company establishment board announced:

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has announced that experienced director Alison Paterson will oversee the establishment of a new Crown company to invest in irrigation.

The new company, which is to be established by 1 July, will act as a bridging investor for regional water infrastructure development, with $80 million to be set aside in Budget 2013.

“I’m pleased to have people of high quality and balance to work on what is a critical area of New Zealand’s growth,” says Mr Guy.

“Well-designed storage and irrigation infrastructure has the potential to deliver a major boost to our primary industries and support new jobs, which will have a flow-on effect for all New Zealanders. If current proposals are advanced there could be another 420,000 hectares of irrigated land available over time. . . .

Surprise at lack of interest in carbon credit trading:

Associate Professor Euan Mason of Canterbury University is surprised more hill country farmers are not showing an interest in carbon credit trading as they stand to boost their incomes while at the same time helping the environment.

Professor Mason said he is perplexed that some farmers have a negative attitude towards carbon trading and the climate change issue. . .

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2 Responses to Rural round-up

  1. Andrei says:

    Surprise at lack of interest in carbon credit trading

    LOL

    He said recent moves by the New Zealand Government, including allowing foreign carbon credits from former Soviet states, have collapsed the price of domestic credits in New Zealand to a point where the Emissions Trading Scheme is now more or less dead.

    And therin lies the reason why this scheme was insanity to begin with especially the 1990 benchmark year because in 1990 “former Soviet states” had a great many smoke stack industies operating in plants past the end of their useful economic life which with the fall of comminism went bankrupt a few years latter, ergo “former Soviet states” were well ahead of the game when Kyoto was signed.

    Little old New Zealand though with not much heavy industry to start with was well behind the eight ball when we signed Kyoto which is why the idiots in Parliament are trying to dump our obligations under Kyoto on farmers because there is nowhere else to go without lots of heavy industries.

    Signing Kyoto of course could probably be considered a form of treason, certainly it is not something that had the interests of New Zealand citizens at heart, unlike Romainia say who can earn a little foreign exchange for closed down steel mills that were worn out anyway

  2. robertguyton says:

    “a new Crown company to invest in irrigation”

    Solid Energy has collapsed so the Government will try its hand at mining water instead.

    Priceless.

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