Apricity – the warmth of the sun on a cold winter’s day.
Federated Farmers has lodged an appeal with the High Court over a decision allowing Northland Regional Council to regulate the use of genetically modified organisms in the region.
The farming lobby group had previously appealed to the Environment Court over the matter. Last month the court ruled the council had jurisdiction under the Resource Management Act to decide whether GMOs can be used.
The council would do this though regional policy statements and plans.
Federated Farmers’ president William Rolleston was seeking clarification on some points of the decision but would not discuss details because it was before the court. . .
Project Janszoon has named as the recipient of the Supreme Award at this year’s Green Ribbon Awards, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry announced at the ceremony held at Parliament tonight.
“Project Janszoon has carried out an impressive job restoring and protecting one of New Zealand’s greatest natural assets: the Abel Tasman National Park. Project initiatives include extensive pest and weed control, the return of important plants and animals like rata and kaka and future proofing the project through education and community engagement,” Dr Smith says. . .
Maize growers nervous – John Hodge:
Although I’m an optimist I am becoming more aware that maize growers are exceptionally nervous about the future of the industry in New Zealand.
I see problems arising in the future for us and optimist or not I have to admit things are not looking rosy. Having farmed my way through ups and downs for the past 60 years, my optimism has always got me through. So my advice to other growers is to do the same because when we can hope things will come right it makes it bearable.
The drop in payout to dairy farmers has had an immediate effect on their demand for both maize silage and maize grain, which combined with the drought conditions over the last three years, has been hard going. With dairy farmers looking for cheaper options to feed their herds, it’s fair enough that maize farmers are feeling nervous. . .
New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s Marketing Executive, Mr Paul Steel reports that the weakening New Zealand dollar coupled with exporter pressure to meet shipping requirements and limited supply continues to underpin the market.
The weighted indicator for the main trading currencies came down 2.14 percent compared to the last sale on 28th May.
Of the 6,876 bales on offer, 94 percent sold. . .
(BusinessDesk) – New Zealand lamb wool prices jumped to a record high amid strong demand from exporters and limited supplies.
Lamb wool climbed to $7.45 per kilogram at yesterday’s South Island auction, from $7/kg at last week’s North Island auction, the highest price that AgriHQ has recorded since it began collecting wool prices in July 2005. The price for clean 35-micron wool, a benchmark for crossbred wool used for carpets and accounting for the majority of New Zealand’s production, held at $6.20/kg for a third week, its highest level since November 2013 and 17 percent above year earlier levels. . .
Canterbury Seed and cereal breeder KWS UK continue to cement their long standing partnership as the number of New Zealand growers recognising the distinct benefits of the KWS cereal varieties increases.
The relationship now extends to new cereal varieties being evaluated in New Zealand under local conditions at the same time as the varieties being entered into the UK official trials. This is crucial given not all UK varieties will perform in New Zealand and allows for evaluation before moving forward into the local trial system.
During the 2014 – 2015 seasons, Canterbury Seed evaluated five new wheat varieties and seven new barleys – two wheat and one barley variety progressed to New Zealand trials. . .
This year its Wellington’s turn to host New Zealand Farm Environment Trust’s annual Sustainability Showcase – a premier event on the national farming calendar.
To be held on June 24 in Parliament’s Banquet Hall, the Showcase honours Supreme winners of the 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA) and culminates with the naming of the National Winner and the presentation of the esteemed Gordon Stephenson trophy.
New Zealand Farm Environment Trust general manager David Natzke says having the event in Wellington provides the rural community with a chance to celebrate its successes in front of an audience that includes some of the nation’s top decision-makers.
I’ll bet you do something important, he said & I said the most important thing was watching while he slept & he said he’d do the same for me someday & we shook hands & decided it was a fair trade….
Fair Trade ©2015 Brian Andreas
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This is 3 Islands Under One Sky by Steve Cooper:
Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse but not to abuse.
Watch the sunrise at least once a year, put a lot of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and look at the stars, never buy a coffee table you can’t put your feet on, never pass a chance to jump on a trampoline, don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
1099 – The First Crusade: The Siege of Jerusalem began.
1420 – Troops of the Republic of Venice captured Udine, ending the independence of the Patriarchate of Aquileia.
1494 – Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas which divided the New World between the two countries.
1628 – The Petition of Right, a major English constitutional document, became law when granted the Royal Assent by Charles I.
1654 – Louis XIV was crowned King of France.
1761 – John Rennie, Scottish engineer, was born (d. 1821).
1776 – Richard Henry Lee presented the “Lee Resolution” to the Continental Congress; it was seconded by John Adams and led to the United States Declaration of Independence.
1778 – Beau Brummell, English fashion leader, was born (d. 1840).
1800 David Thompson reached the mouth of the Saskatchewan River in Manitoba.
1831 Amelia Edwards, English author and Egyptologist, was born (d. 1892).
1832 Asian cholera reached Quebec brought by Irish immigrants, and killed about 6,000 people..
1862 The United States and Britain agreed to suppress the slave trade.
1863 During the French intervention in Mexico, Mexico City wais captured by French troops.
1866 1,800 Fenian raiders were repelled back to the United States after they looted and plundered around Saint-Armand and Frelighsburg, Quebec.
1868 Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, and watercolourist, was born (d. 1928).
1880 War of the Pacific: The Battle of Arica, assault and capture of Morro de Arica (Arica Cape), that ended the Campaña del Desierto (Desert Campaign).
1893 Mohandas Gandhi committed his first act of civil disobedience.
1905 Norway’s parliament dissolved its union with Sweden.
1906 Cunard Line’s RMS Lusitania was launched at the John Brown Shipyard, Glasgow.
1917 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet, was born (d. 2000).
1917 Dean Martin, American actor, was born (d. 1995).
1917 World War I: Battle of Messines – the attack on Messines began at 3.10 a.m. with the explosion of huge mines that had been placed under the German lines by tunnellers. Almost immediately, New Zealand troops of 2nd and 3rd (Rifle) brigades left their trenches and advanced towards the ridge in front of them, on which lay the ruins of Messines village. Australian and British troops on either side of them did the same.
1919 Sette giugno: Riot in Malta, four people killed.
1921 Dorothy Ruth, American horse breeder; adopted daughter of Babe Ruth, was born (d. 1989).
1929 John Napier Turner, Canadian seventeenth Prime Minister of Canada, was born.
1931 Malcolm Morley, English painter, was born.
1938 The Douglas DC-4E made its first test flight..
1940 – Fighter ace Edgar ‘Cobber’ Kain was killed.
1940 Tom Jones, Welsh singer, was born.
1942 World War II: The Battle of Midway ended.
1944 World War II: Battle of Normandy – At Abbey Ardennes members of the SS Division Hitlerjugend massacred 23 Canadian prisoners of war.
1945 King Haakon VII of Norway returned with his family to Oslo after five years in exile.
1948 Edvard Beneš resigned as President of Czechoslovakia rather than signing a Constitution making his nation a Communist state.
1952 Liam Neeson, Northern Irish actor, was born.
1955 Lux Radio Theater signed off the air permanently.
1958 Prince, American musician, was born.
1965 The Supreme Court of the United States decided on Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples.
1967 Israeli forces entered Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.
1971 The United States Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Paul Cohen for disturbing the peace, setting the precedent that vulgar writing is protected under the First Amendment.
1972 Karl Urban, New Zealand actor, was born.
1975 Sony introduced the Betamax videocassette recorder for sale to the public.
1976 MacDonalds opened for the first time in New Zealand at Cobham Court, Porirua.
1977 – 500 million people watched on television as the high day of Jubilee got underway for Queen Elizabeth II.
1981 The Israeli Air Force destroyed Iraq’s Osiraq nuclear reactor during Operation Opera
1982 – Priscilla Presley opened Graceland to the public
1989 A Surinam Airways DC-8 Super 62 crashed near Paramaribo Airport Suriname killing 168.
1991 Mount Pinatubo exploded generating an ash column 7 km (4.5 miles) high.
1993 The Holbeck Hall Hotel in Scarborough, UK, fell into the sea following a landslide.
1995 The long range Boeing 777 entered service with United Airlines.
1998 James Byrd, Jr. was dragged to death in a racially-motivated crime.
2000 – The United Nations defined the Blue Line as the border between Israel and Lebanon.
2006 – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, was killed in an airstrike by the United States Air Force.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia