EU economist predicts fall in meat consumption – Carmen Paun:
Meat consumption will never reach previous levels, Tassos Haniotis, director of economic analysis at the European Commission’s directorate general for agriculture said on Tuesday. . .
Taking a shot at NZ farming’s next seven years – Pita Alexander:
Can we really forecast accurately what might happen with agriculture over the next, say, seven years and what the key issues may be for New Zealanders?
The answer is no, but in honour of Nostradamus and other great crystal bowl devotees let’s take a shot at what lies ahead.
Over the next two columns I will lay out 26 points for farmers and others to mull over. Who knows, 70 per cent of them might come to pass in some shape or other.
1 – There will be more volatility in the next seven years than there has been in the past seven on all fronts. You must include this, and cope with this, in your business plans.
2 – The importance of Fonterra for New Zealand will increase – it is important now but expect a further increase. . .
Farm cropping for the love of it – Jacquie Webby:
Nigel Wilson has been a cropping farmer pretty much “since he can remember” and for this South Canterbury farmer, it’s a full-on occupation with a serious array of equipment to help keep the wheels of his farming operation turning.
“I knew I didn’t want to be a dairy farmer and my parents had run a cropping operation, so here I am,” he says.
One of Nigel Wilson’s most productive (and picturesque) crops is white clover and he has about 100 hectares which is in full flower.
“White clover is grown for export to the United Kingdom,” says Nigel. . .
A United Nations organisation is running the International Year of Family Farming in 2014 with the aim of raising the profile of family farmers and smallholders in developing and developed nations.
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation is running the International Year of Family Farming in 2014 with the aim of raising the profile of family farmers and smallholders in developing and developed nations.
One of the New Zealand ambassadors for the year is Lake Grassmere sheep and beef farmer Doug Avery who says family farms are incredibly important as they provide people with what they need to exist – food.
He says worldwide families are responsible for most of the world’s food production which gives meaning to the slogan ‘every family needs a farmer’. . .
Dairy farmers from across the nation oppose supply management – The Bullvine:
A young dairy farmer with a passion for cows and education – Art 4 Agriculture:
I love educating the youth in the dairy industry and the youth about the dairy industry.
Let me introduce myself, I’m a dairy farmer with a passion for education.
Yes, that’s right, I milk cows on my family farm, 10 minutes from the beach on the mid-north coast of NSW, and I’m about to commence my career as a teacher.
My name is Emma Polson, I’m 24 years-old and I love being a farmer. . .