Farmers urged to submit on carbon bill – Pam Tipa:
Both DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ are urging farmers to have their say on the proposed Zero Carbon Bill by July 16.
DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says the potential implications of this legislation, in particular the targets for methane reduction, are huge for the agriculture sector.
“That’s why farmer engagement is so important,” he says. He is encouraging dairy farmers to make a submission.
The bill’s full name is the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill. . .
Kiwi’s quinoa dream now a reality – Andrew Stewart:
A liking for a particular food on a foreign trip is paying dividends for Dan and Jacqui Cottrell and providing extra income for their Taihape farm. They told Andrew Stewart how they discovered quinoa and set about growing it in the central North Island.
Dan and Jacqui Cottrell didn’t realise an overseas adventure would change their lives forever.
The year was 2012 and the couple were making the most of their South American odyssey when they had an epiphany in Peru.
They had been eating a lot of quinoa, of which 80% of the global supply is grown in Peru, on their trip. . .
DIRA changes fall short – farmers – Sudesh Kissun:
Farmers want dairy industry regulations to apply equally to all milk processors in New Zealand.
They still want an end to the open entry/exit provisions of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA) and an end to Fonterra providing subsidised raw milk to rival processors.
However, in proposed DIRA changes the Government has retained the open entry provisions but has allowed Fonterra the right to refuse milk from suppliers who are “not compliant with the co-op rules and from new dairy conversions”. . .
Small kiwifruit have big taste – Richard Rennie:
Fruit size is providing the headwind to the new kiwifruit season while taste is the tailwind thanks to an exceptional late season ripening period that has left Zespri marketers with a paradigm for foreign markets.
Zespri’s grower alliance manager David Courtney said Green fruit size this season is 2.5 sizes smaller than usual and SunGold two sizes down on usual with the long, dry, ripening period scaling fruit down but pushing up drymatter levels to create exceptionally well flavoured fruit.
“We have had one grower who has been growing kiwifruit for 40 years who said he has never reported better drymatter levels in his crop.” . .
New Zealand’s most fertile land dug up for housing – Indira Stewart:
Over the last decade more than 200 produce growers in Auckland have closed up shop as more rural land has been rezoned to residential to keep up with the demand for housing.
Now, after 60 years of growing vegetables in South Auckland, celery farmer Stan Clark has decided to close up as well.
Mr Clark’s celery farms were re-zoned from rural to residential in 2009 and the rising land rates are making business unsustainable.
The family is preparing to sell their much-loved farms in Pukekohe, a suburb that holds some of the country’s most fertile land, much of which is being dug up for housing. . .
A large-scale dairy conversion farm – complete with a huge lake-like reservoir –which has seen primary sheep and beef production replaced over the past decade in favour of milking, has been placed on the market for sale.
Strathallan Station some 26-kilometres north-west of Gisborne is a 1,213-hectare property currently milking a herd of 1,000 cows. Towards the centre of the property is a two-and-a-half-metre-deep ‘reservoir’ lake large enough for recreational kayaking and duck hunting. The reservoir sustains not only the farm’s irrigation needs, but also its milk shed requirements. . .