Methane reduction discussion missing the mark – Neal Wallace:
New Zealand livestock farmers are being sold short by methane reduction policies that fail to acknowledge the role of methane sinks and that fossil fuels are increasing emissions of the greenhouse gas.
Scientists addressing an Ag@Otago webinar organised by the University of Otago group said virtually all NZ sheep and beef farmers and most dairy farmers would be carbon dioxide-equivalent neutral due to the naturally occurring element hydroxyl, which removes methane from the atmosphere.
Nature has and continues to provide methane sequestration, they say.
They also expressed doubts an effective methane vaccine for livestock will be developed because of the difficulties overcoming the complex biology of ruminant animals. . . .
Pricing farm emissions can’t lead to cuts in production – West Coast Council – Brendon McMahon:
The West Coast Regional Council has given “partial support” to some of the proposals under the government’s Pricing Agricultural Emissions document.
But it raises concerns about psycho-social, health and economic impacts on the region’s largely rural community.
“We are extremely concerned at the impact this proposal will have on our communities,” the submission for the council’s Resource Management Committee said.
Incentive payments to reduce emissions should not come from reduced production, or promoting different land use, the council said in one of ten key points the submission raised. . .
“Changing the resource management framework is inter-generational change and it is needed. What’s not needed is more restriction, more compliance, and more uncertainty,” says Chief Executive of IrrigationNZ Vanessa Winning.
“The Natural and Built Environment (NBE) Bill, which has been introduced to Parliament to replace the Resource Management Act, will impact the entire food and fibre sector; every grower, farmer, harvester, and producer – particularly as it relates to water use.
“We agree on the importance of restoring and protecting our precious natural resources. We also believe that this can be done while enabling the careful use of water to underpin reliability and flexibility needed for our growers and farmers as they continue to reduce their production impact and emissions profile. Reliable water is the biggest enabler to lower emissions land use.
“We are worried the NBE Bill will lead to more uncertainty and more unnecessary compliance for water users involved in food and fibre production, and as a result that it will inhibit positive change, rather than enable it. ..
The planting of Year 2 of the Northland Peanut Trials has been impacted by the ongoing wet weather soaking the region over the past three months.
Of the eight planned sites, three of the four Far North sites were planted, with two being successful. Unfortunately, one crop planted on heavier soil failed to germinate as a result of the wetter conditions. None of the four sites across the Kaipara were planted due to continual saturated soil conditions. In total, 0.51 hectares of trial crops were successfully planted.
Like many of Northland’s growers, crops have been severely impacted by heavy rain creating soil conditions too damp to successfully plant in, resulting in less than one quarter of the planned 4.03 hectares of peanut crops being planted.
Northland Inc Project Manager, Greg Hall, says: . .
Synlait Milk has confirmed its full-year underlying profit outlook, but the half-year result has been hit by rising costs.
The company previously announced it expected underlying profit for the year ending July to be similar to 2021, which was s $37.3 million.
Delayed shipments of ingredient products resulted in about a 45 percent drop in sales volumes in the first four months of the financial year ending in July, but had since returned to near normal.
In addition to supply chain issues, Synlait Milk’s investment in technology and inflation added to costs. . .
The summerfruit season has started well, with plenty of high-quality fruit available and the workforce to pick it.
‘Cherry, nectarine, peach and other summerfruit growers are reporting a positive start to the 2022-2023 season,’ says Summerfruit New Zealand Chief Executive, Kate Hellstrom.
‘Fruit quality is good plus there are more people than last year available to pick the fruit. This is due to the attraction and retention campaigns that the industry has been running for the past few years, and the fact it is easier to enter New Zealand now our borders have been freed up.
‘Having enough people to pick and pack is vital. There is nothing worse for a grower than fruit being left on trees and going to waste, which is the situation some of our growers have been in, in recent years.’ . . .