Fedifragous – promise or treaty breaking; faithless or disloyal; untrustworthy, perfidious.
The Productivity Commission’s report on local government funding is another step in a very long journey to genuine equity for farmer ratepayers, Federated Farmers says.
“To cover costs of council services, we value the emphasis in this draft report on the principle that who benefits should pay a fair amount, and that the legislative framework be changed to back this principle,” Federated Farmers local government spokesperson Andrew Maclean says.
“We agree this ‘benefit principle’ should be the primary basis for deciding cost allocations.
“Paying huge amounts of money for council services distant from farms is a key problem. Farmers need this resolved and we see potential in this report to achieve fairness,” Maclean said. . .
Farmers are by nature independent, optimistic, proud, resilient and strong. But the perfect storm of terrible weather, prolonged market weakness, global trade wars and more is driving some farmers to breaking point. Luke Chivers spoke to a dairying couple whose change in perspective has transformed their farm, their family and their community.
It was a warm, sunny afternoon in Takaka in Golden Bay.
As daylight beamed through a window only to hit the back of a curtain Wayne Langford found himself bedridden in a cool, dark room. He had been flat on his back every afternoon for more than a week to escape his constant mental anguish.
But this day was different.
“I had like an out-of-body experience.
“It was as though I was hovering above myself looking down and saying ‘what the hell are you doing in bed?” . . .
NZ questions US farm subsidies – Nigel Stirling:
New Zealand is among a handful of World Trade Organisation members pushing the United States to come clean over billions of dollars paid to its farmers as compensation for the trade war with China.
In May US President Donald Trump announced a further US$16b in payments to follow US$12b in aid dispensed in July last year.
American farmers have borne the brunt of retaliatory tariffs on US exports to China. . .
Rural contractors have expressed their fears about unwittingly spreading Mycoplasma bovis between farms.
The issue came up during a panel discussion on M bovis and biosecurity at the Rural Contractors New Zealand national conference in Nelson on Thursday.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) admitted farmer privacy issues made the situation challenging for contractors but the chance of them spreading the disease further was low. . .
Fonterra tries again in India, launches ‘Dreamery’ yoghurt and milks — Anuja Nadkarni:
Fonterra has launched a range of four products in India under the brand Dreamery through a joint venture with retail giant Future Group.
Fonterra first entered the Indian market in 2001 but the venture fell through.
The Dreamery range of products is the first brand under the joint venture Fonterra Future Dairy, which included two flavoured milk drinks, yoghurt and skim milk in tetra-packs. . .
A Darfield father and son have claimed this year’s top wheat growers’ award.
Syd and Earl Worsfold were named 2019 supreme award winners in the United Wheat Growers wheat competition awards recently. The pair also won the feed wheat section.
Earl Worsfold farms in partnership with his parents Syd and Trish Worsfold on 400ha, including 260ha which Earl leased from a neighbour. . .
Why veganism is not the answer to reducing our environmental impact – Emma Gilsenan:
Reducing our environmental impact is more complex than simply removing animal products from the diet.
This week, on Wednesday, June 12, the National Dairy Council (NDC) – in association with Teagasc, Ornua and Lakeland Dairies – hosted its annual farm walk and seminar on the McKenna family farm in Emyvale, Co. Monaghan.
Speaking on the day, Dr. Marianne Walsh – a senior nutritionist with NDC – made some interesting points about veganism and the affect a complete plant-based diet would have on the environment and the population as a whole.
She said: “At the moment we have about 7.7 billion people and this is set to rise to about 9.7 billion by the year 2050. Which can exasperate some of the current problems that we are facing. . .
Politik discusses Knowledge Wave Mark Two which seeks to boost the tech sector and quotes Helen Clark from the original Knowledge Wave conference:
Our export profile resembles that of developing countries, not that of a developed one.
Our export profile is unique among developed countries for the volume and value of primary produce and the large part that plays in our economy.
But the quote, and some policies from this government, send the message that there’s something wrong with that.
They ignore the fact that primary production does so well in New Zealand not just because of our natural advantages – the climate and soils – but because of the investment in, and application of, research and technology.
There is some comfort in David Parker’s statement:
“The agritech sector has been chosen as a key focus because it brings together two of New Zealand’s key competitive advantages – our expertise in agriculture and horticulture with our well-educated workforce,” he said.
This focus is already being undermined by government policy which incentivises forestry over food production.
Economic growth, a broader based export economy and technological innovation are all worthy goals but none should be achieved by dragging down or devaluing primary production.
Our export profile does resemble that of a third world country, but primary production in New Zealand is very much a first-world business and already part of the tech boom.
When climate change could threaten food security, our ability to produce highly nutritious food in a very efficient manner is of even more importance.
That’s the whole problem with science. You’ve got a bunch of empiricists trying to describe things of unimaginable wonder. Bill Watterson who celebrates his 61st birthday today.
1295 Scotland and France formed an alliance, the beginnings of the Auld Alliance, against England.
1316 Battle of Manolada between the Burgundian and Majorcan claimants of the Principality of Achaea.
1321 Joan of The Tower, Queen consort of Scotland, was born (d. 1362).
1610 John Guy set sail from Bristol with 39 other colonists for Newfoundland.
1687 Isaac Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
1755 Sarah Siddons, British actress, was born (d. 1831).
1770 Battle of Chesma started, between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire.
1775 United States Congress adopted the Olive Branch Petition.
1803 The Convention of Artlenburg led to the French occupation of Hanover.
1809 Battle of Wagram started.
1810 P.T. Barnum, American circus owner, was born (d. 1891).
1811 Venezuela declared independence from Spain.
1814 War of 1812: Battle of Chippawa – American Major General Jacob Brown defeated British General Phineas Riall.
1833 Admiral Charles Napier defeated the navy of the Portuguese usurper Dom Miguel at the third Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
1853 Cecil Rhodes, British founder of Rhodesia was born (d. 1902).
1865 The Salvation Army was founded in the East End of London.
1878 The coat of arms of the Baku governorate was established.
1881 A poll tax was imposed on Chinese people in New Zealand.
1884 Germany took possession of Cameroon.
1888 – Louise Freeland Jenkins, American astronomer and academic, was born (d. 1970).
1902 Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., American diplomat, was born (d. 1985)
1911 Georges Pompidou, French politician, was born (d. 1974).
1911 – Giorgio Borġ Olivier, Maltese lawyer and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Malta, was born (d. 1980).
1928 – Pierre Mauroy, French educator and politician, Prime Minister of France, was born (d. 2013).
1934 ”Bloody Thursday” – Police opened fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco.
1937 Spam, the luncheon meat, was introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.
1937 Highest recorded temperature in Canada, at Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan: 45°C (113°F).
1940 World War II: The United Kingdom and the Vichy France government broke off diplomatic relations.
1941 World War II: German troops reached the Dnieper River.
1943 The Battle of Kursk, the largest full-scale battle in history started.
1945 World War II: Liberation of the Philippines declared.
1946 The bikini was re-introduced in Paris.
1947 Larry Doby signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians baseball team, becoming the first black player in the American League.
1948 National Health Service Acts created the national public health systems in the United Kingdom.
1950 Huey Lewis, American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), was born.
1950 – Michael Monarch, American guitarist (Steppenwolf), was born.
1950 Korean War: Task Force Smith – First clash between American and North Korean forces.
1950 The Knesset passed the Law of Return which granted all Jews the right to immigrate to Israel.
1954 John Wright, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1954 Jimmy Crespo, American guitarist (Aerosmith), was born.
1954 The BBC broadcast its first television news bulletin.
1954 Andhra Pradesh High Court was established.
1958 Bill Watterson, American cartoonist, was born.
1958 First ascent of Gasherbrum I, 11th highest peak on the earth.
1962 Algeria became independent from France.
1962 The Late Late Show, the world’s longest-running chat show by the same broadcaster, aired on RTÉ One for the first time.
1970 Air Canada Flight 621 crashed near Toronto International Airport killing 109 people.
1971 The Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 years, is formally certified by President Richard Nixon.
1973 Catastrophic BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) in Kingman, Arizona, following a fire that broke out as propane was being transferred from a railroad car to a storage tank, killed 11 firefighters.
1975 Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win the Wimbledon singles title.
1975 Cape Verde gained its independence from Portugal.
1977 Military coup in Pakistan Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan was overthrown.
1979 Shane Filan, Irish musician (Westlife), was born.
1989 Iran-Contra Affair: Oliver North was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell to a three-year suspended prison term, two years probation, $150,000 in fines and 1,200 hours community service.
1995 Armenia adopted its constitution, four years after their independence from the Soviet Union.
1996 Dolly the sheep became the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.
1999 – President Clinton imposed trade and economic sanctions against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
2003 SARS was declared to be contained by the WHO.
2004 First Indonesian presidential election by the nation.
2009 Roger Federer won a record 15th Grand Slam title in tennis, winning a five set match against Andy Roddick at Wimbledon.
2009 The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered, consisting of more than 1,500 items, was found near the village of Hammerwich, in Staffordshire.
2009 Ethnic rioting broke out in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, China.
2015 – The United States women’s national soccer team won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver, British Columbia.
2018 – The EU Copyright Directive was pushed back to 10 September 2018, owing to the majority of votes in the EU Parliament favoring holding back the vote.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia