A 50 percent jump in the number of nominations for the 2021 Primary Industries New Zealand Awards underpins the amount of innovation and leadership going on in the sector and growing awareness of the need to celebrate it, Terry Copeland says.
The Federated Farmers of NZ chief executive said from 65 nominations, up from just over 40 last year, judges have had the tough task of selecting finalists in seven categories. Winners will be announced at the PINZ Summit in Christchurch on 6 July.
“With a whole set of gnarly challenges in front of us – from global warming, biosecurity threats, cost pressures and demand for more community water storage, to name a few – robust science, entrepreneurial spirit and cross-agency teamwork is needed,” Terry said. . .
Farmers need to consider how they can have a stronger voice to represent their industry as it faces an endless barrage of regulations.
To be effective, agriculture must identify who it should be lobbying, and what messages are going to garner support. It needs a strategy rather than ad hoc responses, and we need to resource it properly, so we have a serious crack at defending the future of our industry.
The threat is not only to agriculture but to New Zealand’s future prosperity, this is too important for us to continue bumbling along.
Agriculture is facing rules and restrictions on many fronts; Freshwater, biodiversity, animal welfare, greenhouse gas emissions and also bearing the brunt of rampant local government rate rises. . .
A trial near the Canterbury village of Hanmer Springs aims to see if maple syrup can be produced in New Zealand.
A small plantation of maple trees was planted there last autumn by the University of Canterbury.
Despite Canada’s freezing winters playing a pivotal role in its maple syrup production, research team lead Professor Matt Watson believes sap production can happen here.
“We planted our first maple saplings near Hanmer Springs last autumn and will coppice-prune them to keep them small. . .
Vero insurance has today urged its rural customers affected by flooding in the Canterbury region to make use of the mental health benefit available on their rural insurance policies.
“The flooding in Canterbury is having a significant impact on our rural insurance customers, with inundation and damage to farming infrastructure like fences, pump and other farm assets and buildings,” says Chris Brophy, Executive Manager SME and Rural Insurance.
Brophy says that a large number of the 350 claims Vero has received due to the storm so far have been from rural customers, and that it expects the number of claims to increase further. . .
The border opening with Australia has done little to re-invigorate the fortunes of Marlborough wine tour guides.
Marlborough Wine Tours used to take about 3000 mainly international guests around the region’s vineyards and cellar doors each year.
But this season it was down to less than a fifth of its normal clientele.
Guide and operator of the business Jess Daniell said guides were having to find other work. . .
Growers on the Liverpool Plains have eradicated at least 1500 wild pigs in just four months, saving the district around $100,000 in damage.
While the mouse plague dominates headlines right now, this year local farmers around Premer and Tambar Springs faced an even bigger threat to their high yielding crops.
But when Local Land Services surveyed the district about the issue they found they lacked a combined pest management approach against pigs.
It wasn’t until 20 landholders gathered at the Premer pub to hear from Central West Local Land Services biosecurity officer Will Thorncraft that they decided to establish a pest management group and join with National Parks and North West LLS to tackle the problem. . .