Tellurian – of, relating to, or inhabiting the earth; an inhabitant of the earth; of or characteristic of the earth or its inhabitants; terrestrial.
New technologies will ‘not be enough’ to hit emission targets – Gerald Piddock:
As thousands of schoolchildren held nationwide strikes to demand action on climate change, 200 dairy farmers gathered in Rotorua to hear the latest science around ways the industry can lower its emissions.
What they heard at the DairyNZ Farmers Forum was there are no silver bullets to help the industry lower its emissions enough to hit the 47 per cent target by 2050 outlined in the Zero Carbon Bill currently going through Parliament.
DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle said he supported the principle of what the students were striking on. . .
Quake farmers back to normal – Annette Scott:
Clarence Valley farmers say there are lessons to be learned following the Kaikoura earthquake that geologists claim is the biggest land uplift ever recorded in the world.
November 14, 2016, is well remembered in the Clarence Valley farming community as the day a 7.8 earthquake transformed their land.
The worst hit, Rick and Julia King of Middle Hill Station, lost everything except their will to keep farming. . .
Farming his way back to nature – Colin Williscroft:
Hawke’s Bay farmers Greg and Rachel Hart are committed to producing top-quality food by using nature as a guide while re-establishing a connection between people and the land that sustains them. Colin Williscroft visited to see what they are doing.
Optimising life – whether that’s soil life, plant life, animal health or the people who make it happen – is a guiding principle for Central Hawke’s Bay sheep and beef farmer Greg Hart.
Greg, who farms Mangarara Station near Elsthorpe with his wife Rachel and children George, Bill and Emma, operates a farming system focused not only on being productive in the short term. It has a longer-term focus, aiming to regenerate the land while helping build stronger connections between the landscape and people.
A key is balancing relationships between nature and production agriculture as part of ecosystem restoration, including a focus on soil health, carbon sequestration and planting native and food-producing trees. . .
Mechanised future for fruit orchards – Yvonne O’Hara:
The orchard of the future will be highly digitised and more productive, with fruit being grown in a protected environment and tended by robots, says Plant and Food Research (PFR) scientist Dr Jill Stanley.
She said human workers would still be in demand as labour requirements would be the same but there would be less pressure at peak times.
Dr Stanley was the guest speaker at the Alexandra, Clyde and Districts Business Group’s monthly breakfast meeting last Friday and talked about what the horticulture sector would look like by 2050. . .
Farmers need to embrace technology – Diane Bishop:
The day before his 50th birthday Conor English left a secure high-profile job to start his own company, Agribusiness New Zealand.
It was a big risk, but one that has paid off for the former Southlander.
English was the keynote speaker at the Southern Primary Sector Update conference, hosted by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill on Friday. . .
As you pull up to the gates of Telford, the sight before you may not be what you expected to see in the middle of the South Otago countryside.
An impressive historic stone building surrounded by established rolling gardens is your first glimpse into the state-of-the-art offering Telford gives for anyone who chooses to study at the institution. As the heart of the Telford campus, many young minds have walked in through those doors and work-ready agricultural specialists have come back out.
A staple of New Zealand farming history and agricultural education since 1964, Telford’s Balclutha campus extends over 921 hectares of with halls of residence and facilities, technical workshops (machinery, carpentry and welding), classrooms and livestock units. . .
This video was shown to 600 people at a Queensland Country Life dinner:
. . . The video’s creator Ashley Walmsley, who produced the video for the newspaper’s popular ‘Best of the Bush’ gala ball during the Royal Queensland Show last week, said he was gobsmacked by the result.
“It’s been amazing. I thought it might strike a note here in Queensland but never dreamed it would go as far as it has,” he said.
Bundaberg-based Mr Walmsley, QCL journalist and Fairfax Agricultural Media horticulture writer (editor of Good Fruit & Vegetables magazine), employed the vocal talents of retired Beaudesert cattleman Terry O’Hanlon to provide the stirring voiceover, which seems to have struck a deep chord with rural landholders.
“Terry’s voice really makes it. It’s a voice of experience, mixed with a fair amount of bulldust, and various other substances I would imagine, that give it that authoritative gravel,” Mr Walmsley said. . .
Calling out the disconnect between protesters and producers one video at a time.
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.
Opinions with knowledge are like oceans without water.
451 Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Emire.
1293 An earthquake in Kamakura, Japan killed about 30,000.
1538 Geneva expelled John Calvin and his followers from the city.
1637 Pequot War: A combined Protestant and Mohegan force under Captain John Mason attacked a Pequot village massacring approximately 500 people.
1647 Alse Young was the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies.
1670 In Dover, England, Charles II of Great Britain and Louis XIV of France signed the Secret Treaty of Dover.
1689 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer was born (d. 1762).
1736 Battle of Ackia: British and Chickasaw soldiers repelled a French and Choctaw attack on the Chickasaw village of Ackia.
1770 The Orlov Revolt, a first attempt to revolt against the Turks before the Greek War of Independence, ended in disaster for the Greeks.
1783 A Great Jubilee Day was held in Trumbull, Connecticut to celebrate the end of the American Revolution.
1822 116 people die din the Grue Church fire, the biggest fire disaster in Norway’s history.
1828 Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser was discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
1830 The Indian Removal Act was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1857 Dred Scott was emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners.
1863 Robert Fitzsimmons, Boxing champion who lived in Timaru, was born (d. 1917).
1865 American Civil War: Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, was the last general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.
1868 The impeachment trial of U.S. President Andrew Johnson ended with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote.
1869 Boston University was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
1879 Parihaka Maori, led by Te Whiti and Tohu Kakahi, embarked upon a ploughing campaign to protest against European settlement on confiscated Maori land.
1879 Russia and the United Kingdom signed the Treaty of Gandamakestablishing an Afghan state.
1883 Mamie Smith, American singer , was born (d. 1946).
1886 Al Jolson, American singer, was born (d. 1950).
1889 Opening of the first Eiffel Tower lift to the public.
1896 Nicholas II became Tsar of Russia.
1896 Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
1904 George Formby, English singer and comedian, was born (d. 1961).
1906 Vauxhall Bridge was opened in London.
1907 John Wayne, American actor, was born (d. 1979).
1908 At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East was made.
1915 Antonia Forest, British children’s author, was born (d. 2003).
1917 – Several powerful tornadoes rip through Illinois, including the city of Mattoon, killing 101 people and injuring 689.
1918 Armenia defeated the Ottoman Army in the Battle of Sardarapat.
1918 The Democratic Republic of Georgia was established.
1920 Peggy Lee, American singer, was born (d. 2002).
1923 Roy Dotrice, British actor, was born.
1926 – Ana Pavlova performed her famed ‘Dying Swan’ and ‘Fairy Doll’ to a full house in His Majesty’s Theatre, Auckland.
1926 Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer, was born (d. 1991).
1936 In the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, Tommy Henderson began speaking on the Appropriation Bill. By the time he sat down in the early hours of the following morning, he had spoken for 10 hours.
1938 The House Un-American Activities Committee began its first session.
1940 World War II: Battle of Dunkirk – Allied forces began a massive evacuation from Dunkirk, France.
1942 World War II: The Battle of Bir Hakeim.
1945 Garry Peterson, Canadian drummer (The Guess Who), was born.
1948 Stevie Nicks, American songwriter, was born.
1948 The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 557 which permanently established the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
1951 Sally Ride, American astronaut, was born d. 2012.
1966 – Helena Bonham Carter, English actress, was born.
1966 – Zola Budd, South African athlete, was born.
1966 British Guiana gained independence, becoming Guyana.
1969 Apollo 10 returned to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.
1972 Willandra National Park was established in Australia.
1972 The United States and the Soviet Union signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
1977 George Willig climbed the South Tower of the World Trade Centre.
1986 The European Community adopted the European flag.
1991 Zviad Gamsakhurdia became the first democratically elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.
1991 Lauda Air Flight 004 exploded over rural Thailand, killing 223.
1992 Charles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Systems, Inc was kidnapped.
1998 The United States Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, was mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
2003 – Only three days after a previous record, Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbed Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes.
2004 – The New York Times published an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skepticism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
2006 – The May 2006 Java earthquake killed more than 5,700 people, and left 200,000 homeless.
2008 – Severe flooding began in eastern and southern China that ultimately caused 148 deaths and forced the evacuation of 1.3 million people.
2012 – A cannibal attack took place on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami, Florida.
Sourced from NZ history Online & Wikipedia