Legumes have come under the spotlight in recent years as farmers look to these powerhouse plants to drive production, particularly in dryland and hill country environments.Read More
The Ballance Farm Environment Awards recognise and celebrate good farming practices which promote sustainable land management. This year, the award was presented to a Kaipara family who have created a sustainable farming business through teamwork and long-term commitment.Read More
Rod Oram looks at the challenges for New Zealand's red meat farmers in a world where plant-based meat imitations are already being rolled out through US fast foot chains and lab-grown meat is five to 10 years away from mass production.Read More
Truth is the first casualty of war. It is a cliché but it is also a truism.
We have watched the war on farmers grow since the coining of the phrase “Dirty Dairying” by Fish and Game some fifteen years ago.
In the last few days I have heard our farming leaders talk about the “hatred directed at farmers” and that New Zealand has a “cow phobia”, that this election has created a rural urban divide as big as it has ever been.
Even the title for this talk appears to legitimise that a tension between scientific evidence and public perception is somehow an acceptable way to play the game.Read More