Sitzfleisch – a person’s buttocks; ability to endure or persist in an endeavor through sedentary determination; the ability to sit still for the long periods of time required to be truly productive; the stamina to work through a difficult situation and see a project through to the end; staying power.
ANZ’s rural manager questions capital call – Richard Rennie:
It is a case of when rather than if banks will have to increase their capital reserves against loans and rural customers will end up paying, ANZ commercial and agricultural manager Mark Hiddleston says.
Late last year the Reserve Bank said it wants banks to increase the amount of capital held as security against loans, with weighted capital increases likely to be greater for riskier parts of banks’ lending.
That prompted fears the dairy and construction sectors in particular could wear the brunt of the higher capital requirements through higher interest rates. . .
Community a priority for environmental winners – Nigel Malthus:
Staying in touch with their community is a priority for the 2019 Canterbury regional Ballance Farm Environmental Award winners, Duncan and Tina Mackintosh.
The Mackintoshes own and run White Rock Mains farm, a 1056ha sheep and dairy support property nestled against the hills at North Loburn, near Rangiora.
Their recent winner’s field day featured presentations from the local North Loburn Primary School, which has partnered with the Mackintoshes on Garden to Table and Predator-Free programmes.
Cattle culls don’t rely on tests – Annette Scott:
Herds with cattle bought from properties confirmed as being infected with Mycoplasma bovis will be culled, regardless of test results, Primary Industries Ministry chief science adviser John Roche says.
More efficient testing is in the pipelines but it’s several years away.
In the meantime any herds containing cattle from properties confirmed as infected will be considered extremely high risk and will also be culled, Roche said.
Tests being used are adequate to determine the need to cull infected and extremely high risk animals. . .
Climate change and the rural way of life – Alex Braae:
The government’s environmental policy is creating major tensions in farming communities. Alex Braae went to a meeting in Taumarunui to see it play out.
“We’ve got to get the government’s attention somehow. Okay, we’re not all going to jump on our tractors and drive to Wellington. But we could jump on our tractors and block all the roads for a day and a half, just to get them to listen.”
The comment came from the floor, at a public meeting on carbon farming being held at the Taumarunui Golf Club. It was a rainy day, which meant farmers had some free time. The room was packed and fearful. In question was the future of their town, their district and their way of life.
A while ago, some farmers started talking about the ‘triple bottom line’ – economic, environmental and social. They started assessing themselves on not only how much money could be brought in, but how the farm contributed to the wider community and ecosystem. It’s a concept borrowed from the world of corporate sustainability, and has parallels in the long term view of what farming should be about. Obviously, the performance of the farming world has been mixed on all three, particularly the environmental bottom line, but the mindset is changing.. .
The Government wants one billion trees planted across the country by 2028. It has allocated $120 million for grants for landowners to plant new areas and $58m to set up Te Uru Rākau forestry service premises in Rotorua. Across the country, 80m trees are expected to be planted this season. However, Bay of Plenty and Taupō contractors are facing an uphill battle to get trees in the ground. Reporter Sam Olley investigates.
CNI Forest Management has 100 planters working in the wider Bay of Plenty and Taupō this season but it’s not enough and the company is struggling to find workers now more than ever before.
Director Stewart Hyde told the Rotorua Daily Post the company started recruiting six weeks before the start of May when planting began, but “we just can’t get enough people”.
“It’s having a drastic effect.” . .
How to restore depleted soils with cattle – Heather Smith Thomas:
Michael Thiele’s mission today is to acquaint more farmers and ranchers with a holistic view of agriculture.
Thiele grew up on a farm west of Dauphin, Man., just north of Riding Mountain National Park. His father had a small grain farm and a few cows.
“We were busy trying to farm and make a living and like all the other farmers around us, we were creating a monoculture of grain crops — mostly wheat, canola, oats and barley,” says Thiele.
“When I went to university, I thought soil was simply dirt,” he says. People didn’t realize how alive soil is, teeming with life and activity, and how much we depend on a healthy soil system. Now Thiele is trying to help producers understand that the way we farmed created unhealthy soil. . .
Cataclysmic headlines tell us we’re facing a climate crisis.
Councils are declaring climate emergencies.
People are marching demanding action to reverse climate change.
But how many are actually doing anything that will make a real and sustainable difference?
In spite of what it’s trying to tell us our government isn’t.
Its carbon zero bill is largely political and bureaucratic posturing that ignores the science.
If it was really serious about doing something that made a real difference it would stop trying to reduce farm production here which will only increase emissions as other less efficient producers increased their production to fill the gap.
Instead it would target tourists, taxing travel for any but essential reasons.
Farming produces food which people need for survival.
The benefits from tourism are purely personal.
Tourist taxes high enough to compensate for the emissions from travel aren’t being imposed and haven’t been suggested as a serious solution.
Does this mean that the government hasn’t got the courage of its climate change convictions, has got another plan it has yet to tell us, or doesn’t really believe there’s a crisis?
Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer. ―
1239 – Edward Longshanks, English king, was born (d. 1307).
1691 Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect, was born (d. 1765).
1704 John Kay, English inventor of the flying shuttle, was born (d. 1780)
1775 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Bunker Hill.
1843 The Wiarau Incident: New Zealand Company settlers and Ngati Toa clashed over the ownership of land in the Wairau Valley.
1863 Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War.
1867 Henry Lawson, Australian poet, was born (d. 1922).
1885 The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbour.
1898 The United States Navy Hospital Corps was established.
1900 Martin Bormann, Nazi official, was born (d. 1945).
1901 The College Board introduced its first standardized test.
1919 – Beryl Reid, English actress, was born (d. 1996).
1922 – John Amis, English journalist and critic, was born (d. 2013).
1930 U.S. President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.
1932 Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amassed at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considered a bill that would give them certain benefits.
1933 Union Station Massacre: in Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash were gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash.
1939 Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, was guillotined in Versailles.
1940 World War II: Operation Ariel began– Allied troops started to evacuate France, following Germany’s takeover of Paris and most of the nation.
1940 – World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe.
1943 Barry Manilow, American musician, was born.
1944 Iceland declared independence from Denmark and became a republic.
1945 Ken Livingstone, English politician, was born.
1947 Paul Young, English singer and percussionist, was born (d. 2000).
1948 A Douglas DC-6 carrying United Airlines Flight 624 crashed near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.
1949 – John Craven, English economist and academic, was born.
1950 Lee Tamahori, New Zealand film director, was born.
1953 Workers Uprising: in East Germany, the Soviet Union ordered a division of troops into East Berlin to quell a rebellion.
1957 Phil Chevron, Irish musician (The Pogues, The Radiators From Space), was born.
1958 The Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing being built connecting Vancouver and North Vancouver, Canada, collapses into the Burrard Inlet, killing many of the ironworkers and injuring others.
1958 The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, opened.
1960 The Nez Perce tribe was awarded $4 million for 7 million acres of land undervalued (4 cents/acre) in the 1863 treaty.
1961 The New Democratic Party of Canada was founded with the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress.
1963 The United States Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against allowing the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord’s Prayer in public schools.
1963 A day after South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem announced the Joint Communique to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2000 people breaks out, killing one.
1972 Watergate scandal: five White House operatives were arrested for burglary of the offices of the Democratic National Committee
1987 With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow became extinct.
1991 Apartheid: the South African Parliament repealed the Population Registration Act, which had required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.
2015 – Nine people were killed in a mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Sourced from NZ history Online & Wikipedia