— Mītī Kau + Mītī Reme Aotearoa (@BeefLambNZ) September 12, 2021
The carbon price is now high enough to change land-use sufficiently to blow away sheep and beef, but too low to significantly influence emission behaviours elsewhere
The concept of ‘carbon farming’ has been around for a long time. I recall carbon farming discussions with my colleagues at University of Queensland back in the early 1990s, but the industry has taken a long time to finally arrive. Well, it is now here. And it has the potential to overwhelm not only the sheep and beef industries, but also have big impacts on the timber industry.
It is only six weeks since I wrote an article setting out that carbon farming is now considerably more attractive than sheep and beef on the hard North Island hill country. Then two weeks later I extended that analysis to the easier hill country. In a more recent article focusing on the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), I mentioned that the same conclusion could be drawn for considerable parts of the South Island. All of those can be found archived at my own site https://keithwoodford.wordpress.com in the forestry category. . .
South American curbs on beef exports bode well for NZ’s prospects – Point of Order:
New Zealand’s beef exports may suddenly be in high demand from overseas markets, in the wake of the world’s largest beef exporter, Brazil, suspending its beef exports to its No. 1 customer, China, after confirming two cases of “atypical” mad cow disease in two separate domestic meat plants.
China and Hong Kong buy more than half of Brazil’s beef exports. NZ’s sales are relatively modest, by comparison, but reached 36% of our total beef exports last season.
The other big exporter to China, Argentina, in June decided to restrict exports, with the aim of boosting domestic supply. Argentinian beef exports are to be limited to 50% of the average monthly volume exported from July to December 2020. . .
Picking the way to a better asparagus future with robotic harvesting
A robotic asparagus harvester project led by growers and supported by the Government is set to reinvigorate the New Zealand asparagus industry, by alleviating ongoing labour challenges.
The New Zealand Asparagus Council (NZAC) and Tauranga-based Robotics Plus will work alongside New Zealand asparagus growers to develop a world-first commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester to help address ongoing labour shortages in the industry and support growers to tap into high-value export markets.
The Government’s Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures (SFF Futures) fund is contributing $2.6 million to the $5.83 million project. . .
This month is Bee Awareness Month and over the past 12 years Kiwis have celebrated our hard-working bees.
Not only do our bees produce a vital food source, as commercial pollinators they also play critical roles in our food chain, biodiversity and $5 billion Apiculture economy.
New Zealand has a healthy bee population with over 900,000 registered hives, however, we can’t get complacent about bee health. Bees all over the world face a range of threats including: biosecurity, climate change, disease, bugs and pesticides. If you want to play your part in supporting healthy bee populations, here are some simple and easy things you can do to help our bees. . .
Young people interested in a beekeeping career are being encouraged to apply for the annual Ron Mossop Youth Scholarship, sponsored by Mossop’s Honey and Apiculture New Zealand.
The scholarship was set up three years ago as a way of giving young people the best possible start in the apiculture industry. The scholarship includes $2000 to be put towards best practice training and/or set up costs. It also includes membership of industry body Apiculture New Zealand for a year and attendance at the industry’s national conference in the year of the award.
Last year’s recipient, Bay of Plenty 18-year-old Angus Brenton-Rule, says the scholarship provided valuable support in his first year of beekeeping. As well as allowing him to buy resources to kick-start his career, Angus welcomed the opportunity to make connections with the wider industry through his membership of Apiculture New Zealand and his attendance at their June conference. “Conference was a really great opportunity to meet other beekeepers and hear about what’s happening in other parts of the country. I learnt lots.” . .
Building community trust in agriculture – Jeannette Severs:
Call it social license, social trust or community trust – the bottom line is that consumers need a sense of connection with farmers in order to trust and rely upon their services and produce.
Personal relationships make the difference. That is the finding from a research project asking Australians how they feel about primary industries. It is also the experience of farmers engaged in paddock to plateagribusinesses. So why is there a critical belief that Australians don’t trust farmers?
Is it a beat-up of opinion circulated by commentators and mainstream media? Is it fed by the reactive responses of agri-industry organisations to criticism of Australian primary production?
The Community Trust in Rural Industries Program, funded by a number of industry research and development corporations in partnership with the National Farmers’ Federation and New South Wales Department of Primary Industries is a four-year project that analyses community perceptions of primary production – agriculture, fishery and forestry. . .
The current North and South puts faces to the plight of New Zealanders who are desperate to come home but can’t get a space in MIQ.
There’s a saturation diver stuck in Scotland; a woman whose mother in the USA has cancer who wants to be with her but can’t until she knows she’ll be able to come back to her own children; a man who lost his job in Dubai and is about to lose his visa as a consequence which will make his presence there illegal; a woman with cancer who fears she might never meet her baby granddaughter who is in Canada; a man who can’t get back from the USA to visit his seriously ill father; a businessman who will be forced to move his business to the USA if he can’t come and go from here to look after customers; and an aid worker whose father and mother have cancer.
These are just a few of the million New Zealanders overseas around a third of whom are reputed to want, or need, to come home and can’t.
Then there are the people working here, with skills we need, whose families have been able to join them for more than a year.
And there are the employers desperate for workers who can’t find New Zealanders and can’t get anyone from overseas.
That the government is sending a very clear message that it doesn’t want immigrants is bad, that it won’t do something about all the New Zealanders who are stranded overseas is even worse.
It keep reminding us to play our part and be kind as a team of five million. It is being anything but kind to the other million for whom the door is shut.