Acatalepsy – the incomprehensibility of all things; the doctrine held by the ancient Skeptic philosophers, that human knowledge never amounts to certainty, but only to probability; real or apparent impossibility of arriving at certain knowledge or full comprehension; uncertainty in the diagnosis or prognosis of diseases; a weak understanding; mental deficiency.
Decision support software company, Farmax, believes it has a key tool pastoral farmers can use to help the agriculture industry achieve its goal of doubling exports by 2025. The company’s 2015 conference will focus on helping farmers and rural consultants gain confidence in the tools they need to achieve this objective.
Minister for Primary Industries Hon Nathan Guy will open the conference at Mac’s Function Centre in Wellington on 7-8 May.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand chief executive Dr Scott Champion, OVERSEER general manager Caroline Read and Landcorp Farm Operations general manager Graeme Mulligan will also present over the two-day event. . .
Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew joined Māori owners and the community in Northland today to celebrate the surrender of a 740 hectare forestry lease.
The ceremony included the felling of the final trees to mark the end of what was originally a 99 year Crown lease. The trees are to be replanted by the landowner, Parengarenga A Incorporation.
“Partnership between the Incorporation and the Crown has been important to the development of forestry in the Far North,” Mrs Goodhew says. “By stabilising moving sand on the Aupouri peninsula this once unproductive land has been developed into a productive forest. . .
A Wairarapa olive grower says the extremely dry conditions are taking a toll on trees and will bite into this year’s harvest.
Last year a record olive harvest was recorded in many parts of the country, helped by hot, dry summer conditions.
Olive New Zealand’s president, Andrew Taylor, said it was too early to say what this year’s harvest would be like from region to region, although it was likely that some growers will get lighter crops than the record amount last year.
But grower Ray Lilley, who owns White Rocks Olives at Martinborough, said the weather conditions this season would reduce the harvest, especially on younger trees. . .
(BusinessDesk) – Open Country Dairy, the dairy manufacturer controlled by Talley’s Group, reported a record profit for 2014 as revenue growth outpaced rising cost of sales, and said it expects a “strong” result in 2015.
Profit was $29.8 million in the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2014, from $18.2 million in a 14-month period a year earlier, according to the Auckland-based company’s annual report. Open Country changed its balance date to Sept. 30 from July 31 in 2013.
Sales jumped to $908 million from $635 million, while cost of sales rose to $858 million from $597 million, allowing the company to increase gross profit by 31 percent. The 2014 year took in a season in which farmers received a record payout for their milk, while global dairy prices tumbled in the second half from near their highest levels in seven years. . .
Beef farmers nationwide are waiting in anticipation to see if their steaks will be named amongst the best in New Zealand.
The Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin competition, supported by Zoetis, received over 300 entries from farmers, retailers, wholesalers and foodservice suppliers hoping to take out the title of the nation’s most tender and tasty steak.
Entries will now go on to be scientifically tested at Carne Technologies with colour and tenderness results determining the top 20% from each class, which will be announced as semi-finalists. . .
Today, Drinks International, one of the most trusted and respected global drink journals, named Villa Maria as the fourth most admired wine brand in the world, the only New Zealand winery to make the top 10 list. More than 200 of the world’s top masters of wine, sommeliers, educators and journalists took part in the annual poll, which pits wine brands from all regions, styles and qualities against each other.
The Academy of Masters of Wine, sommeliers, educators and journalists were tasked with critiquing and recognising the ‘Most Admired Wine Brands’ in the world and measured against the following list: . .
When I die, she said, I’m coming back as a tree with deep roots & I’ll wave my leaves at the children every morning on their way to school & whisper tree songs at night in their dreams. Trees with deep roots know about the things children need.
Deep Roots ©2014 Brian Andreas – posted with permission.
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The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence – Charles Bukowski
221 Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declared himself emperor of Shu-Han and claimed his legitimate succession to the Han Dynasty.
1311 Battle of Halmyros: The Catalan Company defeated Walter V of Brienne to take control of the Duchy of Athens.
1493 Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first trip to the Americas.
1545 First meeting of the Council of Trent.
1767 Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, was born (d. 1845).
1776 South Carolina became the first American colony to declare its independence from Great Britain and set up its own government.
1779 Lord Melbourne, (William Lamb) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,, was born (d. 1848).
1781 Battle of Guilford Courthouse: 1,900 British troops under General Charles Cornwallis defeated an American force of 4,400.
1783 George Washington asked his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea was successful and the threatened coup d’état never eventuated.
1809 Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first President of Liberia, was born (d. 1876).
1844 The New Zealand Company ended its colonising efforts.
1877 The first cricket test started between England and Australia.
1906 Rolls-Royce Limited was incorporated.
1922 Fuad I became King of Egypt.
1926 The dictator Theodoros Pangalos was elected President of Greece without opposition.
1931 SS Viking exploded off Newfoundland, killing 27 of the 147 on board.
1941 Mike Love, American musician (The Beach Boys), was born.
1943 Third Battle of Kharkov – Germans retook the city of Kharkov from the Soviet armies in bitter street fighting.
1944 Sly Stone, American musician, was born.
1952 In Cilaos, Réunion, 1870 mm (73 inches) of rain fell in one day, setting a new world record.
1961 South Africa withdrew from the Commonwealth of Nations.
1985 The first Internet domain name was registered (symbolics.com).
1988 The Halabja poison gas attack of the Iran–Iraq War began.
1990 Iraq hung British journalist Farzad Bazoft for spying.
1990 Mikhail Gorbachev was elected as the first executive president of the Soviet Union.
1991 – The Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany went into effect, granting full sovereignty to the Federal Republic of Germany.
2011 – Beginning of the Syrian civil war.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia