Is NZ steering itself back into the Dark Ages with its negative policy on genetic modification?
Thanks to the pressure of the Green movement 20 or so years ago, releasing a genetically modified organism in New Zealand without approval is illegal.
In New Zealand you cannot import, develop, field test or release a genetically modified organism without approval from the Environmental Protection Authority (previously known at the Environmental Risk Management Authority).
Yet because of great strides in fundamental research, biology is becoming ever more programmable, as The Economist reported last week. . .
Two district councils have spoken to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee this week, expressing opposition and concerns regarding the controversial Three Waters Reform.
If passed, the Water Services Entities Bill would see the set up of new entities and transfer council management of water services to four water services entities. In return, councils would be made the sole shareholders in the entities, possessing one share per 50,000 people in their area.
A delegation from Manawatū District Council (MDC), led by Deputy Mayor Michael Ford, presented their opposition on Monday.
They expressed concerns around property rights and fair compensation for the investment made by residents, claiming there was a possibility that the transfer of Three Waters services into the proposed entities would stifle economic development. . .
Huge rivers of gravel pose farming challenges – Brendon McMahon:
Parts of a Barrytown farm are slowly being smothered by gravel brought down from creeks in the Paparoa Range.
Dairy farmer Richard Reynolds said the blowout of creeks on to farmland had been remarkable in the past year, often triggered by sudden and localised cloud bursts.
The situation was not helped by the loss of vegetation flattened and killed off in the headwaters during Cyclone Fehi in 2014.
“The cyclone was the tipping point of it and it’s just taken off since then,” Reynolds said. . .
Farmers look to ride on the sheep’s back once again – Georgia Merton:
Wool prices have languished in the doldrums for decades but the worldwide drive for a more sustainable future where natural fibres replace synthetics has raised hopes that strong wool can finally make a comeback
Once upon a time, strong wool was a major money spinner for New Zealand.
It was the golden fleece, with farmers rumoured to have paid off their mortgages in one wool clip during the boom of the 50s. Retired fourth generation sheep farmer Murray Urquhart remembers family tales from the famous boom. “My uncle was the biggest single taxpayer in Canterbury for three years in a row,” Murray tells Frank Film, and explains that this was mostly because of the US Army needing to keep their soldiers warm during the Korean War.
These days, though, it’s costing many farmers more to shear their strong wool sheep than they can get back for the wool itself. As Highfield Station farmer Michael Northcote points out, wool has almost become a by-product of meat – a nuisance, even. “Because there’s just no money in it,” Michael says. “It costs . .
Mairi Whittle a Taihape farmer with two tiny tots in tow – Country Life:
A toddler on her back, a newborn in front and five dogs alongside… that’s how you might find Taihape sheep and beef farmer Mairi Whittle.
While Tad has now graduated out of his pack and sits alongside as Mairi feeds out to the cattle and rounds up ewes, things do take longer with two under two, she says.
Mairi’s little boys are the fifth generation on Makatote – 600 hectares of steep but fertile hill country which has been in the family for more than a century.
Mairi has farmed it for four years and in April bought the block from her family. . .
New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF) is proud to launch the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Contest into its 55th season.
The Contest kicks off on the 15th of October 2022 with the first of 11 District Contests to be held throughout Aotearoa. NZYF members are invited to register for the agricultural challenge where they’ll flaunt their practical and theoretical know-how in the bid to qualify through to the next round, the Regional Finals.
The District Contests are one-day events organised by NZYF Clubs. Whether it be through organising, competing, or coming along as support, all members are encouraged to get behind their local District Contest to be a part of NZYFs largest event.
The top contestants from each District Contest will progress through to the Regional Finals, where they will once again demonstrate the broad and varied skillset of a modern farmer. Seven Regional Finals will be held between February and April 2023. . .