Forestry conversions rules ‘totally out of control’ – Kate Newton:
Wealthy European buyers have snapped up four more sheep and beef farms to convert to forestry, as rural concerns over the sales ramp up.
Overseas Investment Office (OIO) decisions made in September and released today show the sales total more than 2200 hectares of land previously owned by New Zealanders, in Gisborne, Wairoa and Whangarei.
The new owners plan to plant 1600 hectares of the land as commercial forests.
Austrian count Johannes Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg, who purchased two other sheep and beef farms for forestry conversion in August, is the purchaser of two of the latest properties. . .
The government’s “world-first” agreement with farmers on emissions means some farmers are grateful for the breathing space, but for others it’s just one less thing to worry about.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the agreement with farmers last week, putting agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme from 2025 – with a 95 percent discount rate.
Ms Ardern said the plan would give farmers autonomy over their own businesses. . .
Flying under the rural radar – Colin Williscroft:
The Women of Influence Awards often recognise women who contribute a lot but are not household names and this year’s rural winner fits that description, as Colin Williscroft found out.
Environmental planner and independent Resource Management Act hearings commissioner Gina Mohi was recently named the rural winner in the Women of Influence Awards.
The judges praised Mohi’s work balancing competing tensions around the productive use of land while having appropriate measures in place to manage environmental and cultural impacts on natural resources. . .
Look ahead with farm confidence – Annette Scott:
A programme to help sheep and beef farming partners plan for their future and adapt to change will next year extend to 20 rural centres.
The two-month Future Focus business planning programme, set up in 2017, equips farming partnerships to set a future path for their businesses, develop systems to achieve goals and lead their teams to success.
The programme, delivered by the Agri-Women’s Development Trust to more than 130 sheep and beef farmers this year, will reach 320 farmers in 2020 with continued support from the Red Meat Profit Partnership. . .
Annual appointment for a trim but it’s no beauty treatment – Tracy Roxburgh:
Ladies, picture this if you will.
It’s been a long, cold winter and along with the extra layer of insulation you’ve acquired on your body, you’ve decided, to help keep yourself warm, to instigate a self-ban on your regular beauty therapy appointments.
But the sun actually has warmth in it now.
And very soon everyone’s going to be walking around in their next-to-nothings (undies, undies, togs, undies) so it would behove you to, well, sort yourself out.
Like, ASAP if not sooner. . .
A young North Canterbury man will represent New Zealand at an international gathering of dairy farmers in Switzerland.
Robbie Wakelin, 28, has been selected to attend the 15th World Holstein Friesian Federation Conference in Montreux.
He was one of a record 17 people who were vying for the fortnight-long trip, which is being funded by Holstein Friesian NZ.
“It’s a really humbling experience to have been selected to be part of the New Zealand delegation,” he said. . .