Federated Farmers is profoundly disappointed to see the Water Services Bill reported back to the Parliament with the definition of a “water supplier” unchanged.
“The government has now signed itself up for the enormous task of tracking down every single source of drinking water in the land and making them belong to a register if they supply any other household,” Federated Farmers president Andrew Hoggard says.
Despite extensive arguments from Federated Farmers and many others at the select committee hearings, tens of thousands of rural and farm supply arrangements will fall within the scope of the new water regulator Taumata Arowai.
The new agency takes over from the Ministry of Health to take responsibility for the quality and provision of drinking water in New Zealand. . .
New Zealand’s farmers are already well into the emissions reduction journey. Science, innovation and unblocking regulatory bottlenecks by government is needed to hasten progress, Federated Farmers President and climate change spokesperson Andrew Hoggard says.
“The latest IPCC report has been described as code red for humanity, and we need to take that seriously. But for us it’s not just about cows, and it’s not just about New Zealand.
“One reporter asked me ‘when are farmers going to start taking action?’. For a 400m Olympics analogy, we’re leading around the back straight with other nations in our wake. Our emissions per kilogram of meat and milk produced are world leading and New Zealand farmers are committed to further improving on this lead.”
There is no win for global emissions if New Zealand’s highly efficient farmers cut back production and it is replaced by less efficient farmers offshore, Andrew said. . .
Buried in a landmark IPCC report this week is a detailed and important section on the metrics for short-lived gases. We summarise the key findings and what these mean for our sector.
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report reinforces that climate change is real, it’s already happening and it is contributing to the extreme weather events such as floods, storms and droughts that we are experiencing.
There’s no question that all New Zealanders, including farmers, have to contribute to reducing emissions, if we are to keep global warming in check.
We’re working through the detail in the report, including the latest developments in the science around methane. . .
Ben Maxwell could be described as a throwback to a different era, one where the best rugby players were weaned on the land.
Except the 25-year-old former Southlander’s journey to a career in farming and path towards becoming a handy player has not followed that playbook.
Born and raised in a city — Invercargill — his aspirations to become a farmer were forged by his extended family.
‘‘Dad’s father had a farm just out at Gorge Rd [outside Invercargill], and my uncle has a farm. . .
WorkSafe is giving farmers a heads up to be mindful of risks on farm this spring.
In spring 2020, fatalities spiked to five during the months of August and September.
Vehicles continue to be the primary source of harm in on farm fatalities. On Monday this week a person was tragically killed in an incident involving a tractor on a farm outside of Oamaru. It is understood the victim was trimming hedges at the time.
WorkSafe Manager for Regulatory Practice Brent Austin strongly urged farmers to consider four key things to avoid a repeat of 2020 as they head into the busier months on farm. . .
Horticulture right fit for new leader – Mary-Jo Tohill:
Whitney Conder climbs off her hydraladder and gives her spaniel Dash a pat.
It is likely that he has been her only companion on this winter’s day, as she prunes the 6ha cherry block single-handed.
It is the type of resilience that has earned her a seat at the table of the Women in Horticulture executive committee.
Mrs Conder, who manages El Pedregal Orchard in Earnscleugh, was selected from 13 candidates New Zealand-wide for the role, and was one of four new members elected.
She already heads Central Otago Women in Horticulture and has been involved in the industry for 18 years. . .
Australia’s wool growing fraternity has set a target to grow the value of its sector by 2.5 per cent per annum – up to at least the year 2030 – and better promote the fibre’s sustainability credentials.
A key driver to achieving this will be arresting and turning around the decline of the national flock and boosting Merino ewe numbers to about 70 per cent of total sheep on the ground.
It will also require a 15pc increase in sheep and wool values, and growing the national flock from about 64 million to 75 million head.
These are key targets of the industry’s Wool 2030 Strategy, which was released in late 2020. . .