Toponymy – the study of place names; the place-names of a region or language or especially the etymological study of them.
We cannot take food supply for granted – Neal Wallace:
News the Government will protect elite soils is welcome but by no means signals the resolution of broader challenges facing land use and the productive sector.
As reported in Farmers Weekly’s Land Squeeze series, the Ministry for the Environment has started the process of preparing a national policy statement for high-value soils, which will be finalised after consultation later this year.
That protection is needed because urban sprawl and lifestyle blocks swallow up to 100,000 hectares a year including Auckland paving 10,500 hectares of high-quality soil in the last 35 years.
Domestic food demand will only increase as New Zealand’s population is expected to hit five million in 2020 and 5.5m in 2025 while demand will also rise from an ever-expanding global population. . .
Spud family name’s on the packet – Tim Fulton:
James Bowan grows potatoes for a nationwide paddock-to-packet potato chip brand. Nearly a decade after the business started he’s still happiest in the paddock. Tim Fulton reports.
The Bowan family farms more than 600ha at Orari in South Canterbury. Down the road at industrial Washdyke, in the slipstream of Timaru, the family also runs the Heartland chips processing plant.
Fallgate Farm includes 250-odd hectares of spuds, 320ha of combinable cereals,150ha of grass seed and a few other bits and pieces, especially seeds.
It adds up to a lot of business from farm to shop shelf but James isn’t bothered with the trappings of corporate hierarchy. . .
Action groups following different paths – Sally Rae:
More than 900 farmers have signed up to the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Network to help make their farming businesses more productive and profitable.
Each of the Action Groups involved chose a different pathway in the search for solutions to the challenges they faced.
Four action groups in the Milton and Lawrence districts had a lot in common, both in their origins and their goals.
They grew out of two large discussion groups of sheep and beef farmers running in these areas for several years before the RMPP programme kicked into action.
The common link between all four was Simon Glennie, a sheep, beef and deer farming consultant with AbacusBio. . .
Fonterra’s new management team gives hope – Sudesh Kissun:
Waikato Federated Farmers president Andrew McGiven is happy to see Fonterra back in the black.
He hopes that changes heralded by the new management team signal the start of “some green shoots” for the co-op.
“As a Fonterra farmer I am happy to see that they have posted a net profit and I am happy with some of the rhetoric from board and management about the consolidation of the business,” he told Dairy News. . .
A big majority of 1794 submissions received by DairyNZ on the biosecurity response levy were supportive.
Sixty-one percent of submissions from farmers backed DairyNZ managing the levy on their behalf and raising the maximum cap to 3.9 cents/kgMS. That totalled 1088 supportive submissions and 706 against.
“We appreciated the candid conversations and the opportunity to discuss not just the proposed levy, but also DairyNZ more widely,” DairyNZ chair Jim van der Poel says in a letter to farmers. . .
Wild Earth Wines’ success at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards earlier this month proves Central Otago wines can age gracefully, marketing and sales manager Elbert Jolink says.
The boutique winery in Cromwell won the Best Pinot Noir trophy of the show during the formal awards dinner in Auckland on March 9.
Mount Pisa winery Ata Mara won both a gold medal and the Red Badge Security Champion Riesling trophy for its Central Otago 2018 Riesling. . .
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 abuse.
Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding, the third. – Marge Piercy
1146 Bernard of Clairvaux preached his sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade.
1492 Queen Isabella of Castille issued the Alhambra decree, ordering her 150,000 Jewish subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion.
1596 René Descartes, French mathematician, was born (d. 1650).
1621 Andrew Marvell, English poet, was born (d. 1678).
1717 A sermon on “The Nature of the Kingdom of Christ” by Benjamin Hoadly, the Bishop of Bangor, provokes the Bangorian Controversy.
1732 Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer, was born (d. 1809).
1774 American Revolutionary War: The Great Britain ordered the port of Boston, Massachusetts closed pursuant to the Boston Port Act.
1822 The massacre of the population of the Greek island of Chios by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire following a rebellion attempt, depicted by the French artist Eugène Delacroix.
1851 – Francis Bell, New Zealand lawyer and politician, 20th Prime Minister of New Zealand, was born (d. 1936).
1854 Commodore Matthew Perry signed the Treaty of Kanagawa with the Japanese government, opening the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade.
1864 – Rewi’s last stand. The last battle of the Waikato War began when the spearhead of a 1200-strong British force charged an apparently weak Māori position at Ōrākau, south-east of Te Awamutu.
1866 The Spanish Navy bombed the harbour of Valparaíso, Chile.1885 The United Kingdom established a protectorate over Bechuanaland.
1889 The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated.
1903 Richard Pearse made a powered flight in an early aircraft.
1906 The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (laterNational Collegiate Athletic Association) is established to set rules for amateur sports in the United States.
1909 Construction began on the RMS Titanic.
1912 Construction was completed on the RMS Titanic.
1917 The United States took possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, and renames the territory the United States Virgin Islands.
1920 – Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, British aristocrat, socialite and author, was born (d. 2014).
1921 The Royal Australian Air Force was formed.
1926 John Fowles, English author, was born (d. 2005).
1930 The Motion Pictures Production Code was instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next thirty eight years.
1931 An earthquake destroyed Managua, Nicaragua, killing 2,000.
1933 The Civilian Conservation Corps was established with the mission of relieving rampant unemployment.
1934 – Richard Chamberlain, American actor, was born.
1935 Herb Alpert, American trumpeter and band leader, was born.
1936 Marge Piercy, American writer, was born.
1942 World War II: Japanese forces invaded Christmas Island, then a British possession.
1942 Holocaust in Ivano-Frankivsk (then called Stanislawow), western Ukraine. German Gestapo organised the first deportation of 5,000 Jews from Stanislawow ghetto to Belzec death camp.
1947 César Gaviria Trujillo, former President of Colombia, was born.
1948 Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was born.
1955 Angus Young, Scottish-born Australian guitarist (AC/DC), was born.
1955 Robert Vance, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1959 The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, crossed the border into India and was granted political asylum.
1964 The Dictatorship in Brazil, under the aegis of general Castello Branco, began.
1965 Iberia Airlines Convair 440 crashed into the sea on approach to Tangier, killing 47 of 51 occupants.
1966 The Soviet Union launched Luna 10 which became the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon.
1970 Explorer 1 re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere (after 12 years in orbit).
1972 Alejandro Amenábar, Spanish film director, was born.
1979 The last British soldier left Malta which declared its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
1986 – Six metropolitan county councils were abolished in England.
1990 200,000 protestors took to the streets of London to protest against the newly introduced Poll Tax.
1991 The Islamic Constitutional Movement, or Hadas, was established in Kuwait.
1991 Georgian independence referendum, 1991: nearly 99 percent of the voters supported the country’s independence from the Soviet Union.
199 The journal Nature reported the finding in Ethiopia of the first completeAustralopithecus afarensis skull.
1995 In Corpus Christi, Texas, Latin superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her own fan club.
1998 Netscape released the code base of its browser under an open-source license agreement; with code name Mozilla and which was spun off into the non-profit Mozilla Foundation.
2004 In Fallujah, Iraq, 4 American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, were killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Jenny was a bright pupil who asked a lot of questions.
One day she asked her English teacher why we ignore some letters when we’re speaking, for example the letter h in hour, honour and honest.
The teacher said, “We’re not ignoring them, they’re just silent.”
Shortly afterwards the lunch bell went and the teacher handed Jenny her lunch and asked her to heat it in the common room.
Jenny went to the common room, ate all the food and returned the empty container to the teacher.
The teacher said, “What happened to my lunch? I asked you to heat it and you’ve come back with an empty container.”
”But Miss,” Jenny said, “I thought the h was silent.”
Farmers share tax reform fears but don’t back beneficiary bashing – Jennifer Eder:
Farmers say they are not worried about becoming the Government’s “ATMs” for beneficiary payments through tax reform, as a regional representative has claimed.
But they are anxious about proposed taxes and suspected Federated Farmers Marlborough president Phillip Neal was speaking out of frustration when he described beneficiaries as “useless”.
Neal made the comments in a newsletter earlier this month, saying a series of taxes proposed last month including a capital gains tax, emissions tax, water tax, and fertiliser tax were unfairly targeting farmers. . .
Finding the balance between long and short term – Allan Barber:
Every business has to find an appropriate balance between long and short term planning and farming is no exception. But, given farmers are very capable of planning and implementing their annual farm strategy, the long term offers the greater challenge. Forward planning involves a high degree of risk assessment, because decisions must take into account several critical factors over which the farmer has little or no control.
Four obvious areas are government policy, climate effect, changing consumer attitudes and market access. A business can seek advice on all these from industry bodies, consultants, accountants, economists and lawyers, but in the end the buck stops with the farmer who must assess every factor which affects farm policy and performance without any certainty about the decisions being more right than wrong. . .
The major winner in the 2019 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry Awards aims to look after his people, pasture, cows and environment through sustainable best practices and increase profit through innovative business culture.
Ruwan Wijayasena was announced winner of the region’s Share Farmer of the Year competition at the Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry Awards annual awards dinner held at the Wigram Airforce Museum. The other major winners were Matt Redmond, who was named the 2019 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Manager of the Year, and Nicola Blowey, the 2019 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Trainee of the Year. . .
Members of the QEII National Trust have elected Donna Field and Graham Mourie to serve as Directors on the QEII Board. Both candidates will serve a three-year term, effective immediately.
“We are pleased to welcome Donna Field back to the Board and Graham Mourie as a new director” said James Guild, Chairperson of QEII National Trust.
Donna Field has been re-elected to serve a second term on the Board. Her background includes resource management, director of Cleardale Station, a sheep and beef property in Rakaia Gorge and retiring chair of the Whitcombe Landcare group. . .
Public submissions have opened on an application to manufacture a fungicide in New Zealand for use in the control of a disease which affects wheat.
Dow AgroSciences (NZ) Ltd is seeking approval to manufacture GF-3308, for control of speckled leaf blotch (Septoria tritici) and also to suppress brown leaf rust (Puccinia triticina).
The applicant proposes that GF-3308 would be applied by ground-based and aerial broadcast spray methods. . .
Winter grazing practices have improved over the past few years, but Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will continue to monitor livestock farms and their land use practices this winter.
Poor performers are now more in the minority says the Regional Council’s Central Catchment Manager, Brendan Powell.
“Many people aren’t aware that farmers are already well into their planning and operations ahead of winter, with winter crops in the ground and growing. The approach they take with their grazing management of crops and stock is an important part of good farming practices,” says Mr Powell. . .
Saturday’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 abuse.
There are some things money just cannot buy, like manners, morals and common sense.
240 BC 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.
1296 Edward I sacked Berwick-upon-Tweed, during armed conflict between Scotland and England.
1746 Francisco Goya, Spanish painter, was born (d. 1828).
1811 Robert Bunsen, German chemist, was born (d. 1899).
1814 Napoleonic Wars: Sixth Coalition forces marched into Paris.
1820 – Anna Sewell, British author, was born (d. 1878).
1842 Anesthesia was used for the first time in an operation by Dr Crawford Long.
1844 One of the most important battles of the Dominican War of Independence from Haiti took place near the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.
1853 Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter, was born (d. 1890).
1855 Origins of the American Civil War: Bleeding Kansas – “Border Ruffians” from Missouri invaded Kansas and forced election of a pro-slavery legislature.
1856 The Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Crimean War.
1858 Hymen Lipman patented a pencil with an attached rubber.
1863 Danish prince Wilhelm Georg was chosen as King George of Greece.
1864 Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist, was born (d. 1943).
1885 The Battle for Kushka triggered the Pandjeh Incident which nearly gave rise to war between the British and Russian Empires.
1909 The Queensboro Bridge opened, linking Manhattan and Queens.
1910 The Mississippi Legislature founded The University of Southern Mississippi.
1913 Frankie Laine, American singer, was born (d. 2007).
1918 Outburst of bloody March Events in Baku and other locations of Baku Governorate.
1928 Tom Sharpe, English satirical author, was born (d. 2013).
1930 Rolf Harris, Australian artist and entertainer, was born.
1937 Warren Beatty, American actor and director, was born.
1940 Sino-Japanese War: Japan declared Nanking to be the capital of a new Chinese puppet government, nominally controlled by Wang Ching-wei.
1941 Graeme Edge, British musician (Moody Blues), was born.
1945 Eric Clapton, British guitarist, was born.
1945 – World War II: a defecting German pilot delivered a MesserschmittMe 262A-1 to the Americans.
1949 A riot broke out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joined NATO.
1950 Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor and comedian, was born.
1954 Yonge Street subway line opened in Toronto, the first subway in Canada.
1959 Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis, who was convicted of child abuse at the Christchurch Civic Creche, was born.
1961 The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was signed in New York.
1962 MC Hammer, American rap musician, was born.
1964 Tracy Chapman, American singer, was born,
1965 Vietnam War: A car bomb exploded in front of the US Embassy, Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.
1968 Celine Dion, Canadian singer, was born.
1972 Vietnam War: The Easter Offensive began after North Vietnamese forces cross into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) of South Vietnam.
1979 Airey Neave, a British MP, was killed by a car bomb as left the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claimed responsibility.
1979 Norah Jones, American musician, was born.
1981 President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.
2004 – Historian Michael King died.
2006 The United Kingdom Terrorism Act 2006 became law.
2009 – Twelve gunmen attacked the Manawan Police Academy in Lahore, Pakistan.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Echopraxia – meaningless repetition or imitation of the movements of others as a symptom of psychiatric disorder; involuntary repetition or imitation of another person’s actions; pathological repetition of the actions of other people as if echoing them.
Agricultural sector productivity growth – Michael Reddell:
In the last few weeks, presumably simply by coincidence, I’ve had various comments and emails about productivity growth in the agricultural sector. The most recent one finally prompted me to dig out the official data and check that my impressions were still supported by the data. They were. Agricultural sector productivity growth was very strong, but has been much more subdued for some time now.
There are two main measures of agricultural sector productivity: labour productivity (in effect, output per hour of labour input) and multi-factor productivity (in effect, the residual after what can be attributed to growth in labour and capital inputs has been deducted). In principle, MFP is superior. In practice, estimates rely more heavily on the assumptions used in the calculation (although – diverting briefly – to the various readers who have sent me a recent piece by GMO on TFP/MFP, I reckon there is less to that critique than the authors claim). . .
No trade wobbles in China for Fonterra – Paul McBeth:
(BusinessDesk) – Fonterra Cooperative Group hasn’t faced any issues getting its products into China, where its business hit some speed wobbles when the butter market slowed.
The world’s biggest dairy exporter counts China as one of its most important markets and has been a beneficiary of a burgeoning middle class in the world’s most populous nation. . .
Lamb exports reached record levels in February 2019, bumping up overall meat exports to a new monthly high, Stats NZ said today.
Lamb exports were $391 million in February 2019, a new record for any month. The previous high was in May 2018 ($367 million).
This month’s rise was driven by higher prices, as quantity was little changed from May last year. . .
Apiculture New Zealand supports the Minister for Agriculture’s plea for greater unity to address existing challenges around bee welfare and biosecurity, food safety and export regulations, and welcomes the Minister’s commitment to supporting the industry.
This follows a meeting by Apiculture New Zealand with the Minister late last week on the commodity levy results.
“As we advised the Minister a ‘no vote’ for the commodity levy means we do not have the investment fund needed, nor the collective focus that is characteristic of other primary industries in identifying, deciding and actioning priorities,” says Bruce Wills Chair of Apiculture New Zealand. . .
The first charter vessel carrying Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit is heading to China and Japan following this season’s early start to harvest.
The Southampton Star departed from Tauranga Harbour yesterday evening carrying approximately 3,000 pallets of Bay of Plenty-grown SunGold Kiwifruit bound for Shanghai and Kobe. The vessel had earlier berthed in Gisborne where it picked up 1,600 pallets of SunGold Kiwifruit, marking the start of what promises to be another bumper crop. . .
The Bayer NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition is now in its fourteenth year and to take out the coveted title has become a key goal for many young viticulturists in New Zealand.
The programme aims to grow the wine industry’s future leaders, by stretching them, putting them out of their comfort zone and creating new relationships. It is a fantastic opportunity for Young Vits (30 yrs or under) to upskill, grow in confidence, widen their network and start making a name for themselves within the industry. . .
This Rabobank video is about farming and farmers in the Netherlands.
In New Zealand we haven’t known food shortages like the Dutch did, but the issues of balancing increasing production and intensification with good environmental practices also apply here.
So too does the issue of anti-farming sentiment from people who no longer join the dots between an ample supply of food and the people who produce it.
In acknowledging woman-to-woman help it is important to recognize that power, within the family and elsewhere, can be used vindictively, and that it is not only powerful men who abuse women; women with power may also abuse other women. – Sheila Kitzinger who was born on this day in 1929.
1549 Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, was founded.
1632 Treaty of Saint-Germain was signed, returning Quebec to French control after the English had seized it in 1629.
1638 Swedish colonists established the first settlement in Delaware, naming it New Sweden.
1790 John Tyler, 10th President of the United States, was born (d. 1862).
1792 King Gustav III of Sweden died after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball 13 days earlier.
1799 Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1869).
1806 Construction was authorised of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, the first United States federal highway.
1809 King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden abdicated after a coup d’état.
1831 Great Bosnian uprising: Bosniak rebel against Turkey.
1849 The United Kingdom annexed the Punjab.
1865 American Civil War: The Battle of Appomattox Court House began.
1867 Queen Victoria gave Royal Assent to the British North America Actwhich established the Dominion of Canada on July 1.
1870 Pavlos Melas, Greek officer who organized and participated in the Greek Struggle for Macedonia, was born (d. 1904).
1871 The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria.
1879 Anglo-Zulu War: Battle of Kambula: British forces defeated 20,000 Zulus.
1882 The Knights of Columbus were established.
1900 John McEwen, eighteenth Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1980).
1901 Skippers Bridge over the Shotover River opened.
1902 William Walton, English composer, was born (d. 1983).
1911 The M1911 .45 ACP pistol became the official U.S. Army side arm.
1916 Eugene McCarthy, American politician, was born (d. 2005).
1929 – Sheila Kitzinger, English activist, author, and academic (d. 2015).
1930 Heinrich Brüning was appointed German Reichskanzler.
1936 In Germany, Adolf Hitler received 99% of the votes in a referendum to ratify Germany’s illegal reoccupation of the Rhineland, receiving 44.5 million votes out of 45.5 million registered voters.
1937 – Smarck Michel, Haitian businessman and politician, 6th Prime Minister of Haiti, was born (d. 2012).
1942 Nazi sabotage hoax – career criminal Sydney Ross met the minister of national service, Robert Semple, in Wellington and claimed he had been approached by a German agent to join a sabotage cell and that Nazi agents had landed by submarine and were living at Ngongotaha, Rotorua. Ross was taken to see Prime Minister Peter Fraser, who referred the matter to Major Kenneth Folkes, a British intelligence officer brought to New Zealand to set up the Security Intelligence Bureau.
1942 The Bombing of Lübeck was the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany and a German city.
1943 Eric Idle, English actor, writer, and composer, was born.
1943 Sir John Major, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born.
1943 Vangelis, Greek musician and composer, was born .
1945 Last day of V-1 flying bomb attacks on England.
1957 The New York, Ontario and Western Railway made its final run.
1961 The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to vote in presidential elections.
1963 Elle Macpherson, Australian model, was born.
1968 Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress and singer, was born.
1971 – A Los Angeles, California jury recommended the death penalty forCharles Manson and three female followers.
1973 Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers left South Vietnam.
1974 NASA’s Mariner 10 became the first spaceprobe to fly by Mercury.
1993 Catherine Callbeck became premier of Prince Edward Island and Canada’s first female to be elected in a general election as a premier.
1999 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 10,000 mark (10,006.78) for the first time ever, during the height of the internet boom.
2004 Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia joined NATO as full members.
2004 The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
2008- 35 Countries & more 370 cities joined Earth Hour for the first time.
2010 – Two female suicide bombers hit the Moscow Metro system at the peak of the morning rush hour, killing 40.
2013 – At least 36 people were killed when a 16-floor building collapsedin the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
2013 – A landslide killed 66 people in China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region near Lhasa.
2014 – The first same-sex marriages in England and Wales were performed.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Whipmegmorum – a noisy altercation or dispute; a noisy quarrel about politics.