Why the rush? – Barbara Kuriger:
The pace of regulatory change for rural communities has been relentless under the current government.
It’s the concern I hear most when I move among them around the country and speak with rural advocacy groups.
It’s the reason why Groundswell NZ founders, Otago farmers Bryce McKenzie and Laurie Paterson organised a tractor protest in Gore against the National Policy Statement on Freshwater in November. The group’s overwhelming national support since then led to the Howl of a Protest’ on July 16.
Agricultural, horticultural communities aren’t the types to jump up and down, so when they take to the streets in their thousands, you can bet there’s a reason. . .
A warning bell sounded for New Zealand farmers when The Economist – in an editorial last week headed “It is not all about the CO2” – argued that carbon dioxide is by far the most important driver of climate change, but methane matters too.
The final sentence of the editorial reads, ominously:
“Methane should be given priority on the COP26 climate summit this November”.
NZ may fight its corner vigorously at the Glasgow summit, but the risk is that delegates there will seize on the thesis advanced by The Economist that methane is a more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and decide to target it harshly. . .
The UK government has released more details of how negotiations have been progressing.
Tariffs on exports of honey and apples to the UK would be slashed and wine which faces tariffs of up to 20 pence per bottle would also be expected to be cut.
In return tariffs on British gin, chocolate, clothing and cars we import would be dropped.
Britain trade secretary Liz Truss said teams were working around the clock to get the deal done in the coming weeks.
“We are both big fans of each other’s high-quality products, so this could be a huge boost that allows British shoppers to enjoy lower prices and British exports to be even more competitive,” Truss said. . .
Carbon farmers need to understand the ETS – Keith Woodford:
The price of carbon is determined by Government. There lies the risk for carbon farming.
Two recent articles of mine have explored the economics of carbon farming on land that is currently farmed for sheep and beef. Those articles showed that, if financial returns are what matters, then at current carbon prices the development of permanent forests for carbon credits provides significantly higher returns than sheep and beef.
My focus there was on the close to three million hectares of North Island farmed hill country, but a similar situation exists in considerable parts of the South Island. One big exception is the Canterbury Plains, where history shows that shallow soils plus norwest wind storms wreak periodic havoc to forestry operations.
Those findings on the apparent economics of forestry lead to a series of other questions. First, how reliable is this carbon market? Second, what are all the other important things apart from simple economics that need to be considered? . .
The New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) has announced the winners of its prestigious 2021 awards. In what has been an exceptionally volatile year for many, the forestry sector remains a significant contributor to the New Zealand economy. NZIF President James Treadwell says the industry is working hard to benefit Aotearoa / New Zealand and New Zealanders, not only with significant returns to GDP but also to offer social benefits including carbon capture, recreation opportunities, clean water, biodiversity and general wellbeing. “We’re fortunate with our high-calibre industry professionals who set the standards for others to aspire to. The NZIF relishes the opportunity to celebrate with ‘the best of the best’ and to proudly champion the recipients of NZIF’s awards.”
This year’s recipient was acknowledged for their diverse range of skills and experience. From hard graft and commitment at grass roots level to high level policy planning and execution and academic leadership.
The NZ Forester of the Year award, which was presented in Wairarapa on Monday night by Minister Nash (Minister of Forestry) went to Paul Millen. . .
Entries for the 2022 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards (NZDIA) open October 1st with planning well underway and National sponsors continuing to back the programme.
The Awards programme allows entrants to connect, learn and grow as individuals across the board from Trainees and new entrants to the industry through to experienced Share Farmers.
NZDIA General Manager Robin Congdon is thrilled to confirm DeLaval have renewed their sponsorship for the next three years. “It’s a significant commitment and we’re rapt to have world leaders in milking equipment and solutions for dairy farmers as part of our national sponsor family.” . .