Rural News Group - NZ farmers world leaders in water, soil management

Rural News Group - NZ farmers world leaders in water, soil management

New Zealand dairy farmers could lead the global move to new production systems that deliver twice the food from half the water and soil, according to Australian science author Julian Cribb.

“Kiwi farmers are world leaders in the wise management of water, soil and nutrients,” says Cribb, who will speak at the DairyNZ Farmers’ Forum on May 8-9 in Hamilton.

(Photo Credit - Rural News Group)

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NZ Farmer - Dairy downturn no worry for award winning farmers

NZ Farmer - Dairy downturn no worry for award winning farmers

Even during rock bottom dairy payouts South Canterbury farmers Brendan and Katya Caird continued to make a profit, achieving a return on capital of 2.7 per cent in the 2015-16 season, when most other dairy farmers plunged into debt. The resilience of their low-input, pasture-based system was recognised with their coastal Seadown farm, north of Timaru, recording the best Canterbury performance in the Dairy Business of the Year awards.

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NZ Farmer - Reaction to environment plans announced in Speech from the Throne

NZ Farmer - Reaction to environment plans announced in Speech from the Throne

South Island industries are urging the new Government to hear them out before finalising environmental policies they fear could cost the economy dearly.

In her speech at the opening of Parliament, Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy said there would be legally binding carbon emission targets, no new taxpayer money for irrigation, a shift towards "sustainable" farming such as forestry, and no new mines on conservation land.

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Scoop Business: DCANZ, DairyNZ and MPI endorse Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam

Scoop Business: DCANZ, DairyNZ and MPI endorse Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam

“We are pleased to endorse the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam as a signal of strong support for the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and for the important role of the dairy sector in the global community’s efforts toward sustainable development,” says Kimberly Crewther, Executive Director of DCANZ.

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IT Brief - The future of Kiwi farming founded on tech & sustainability

IT Brief - The future of Kiwi farming founded on tech & sustainability

The Government recently announced that it will increase its investment in the Sustainable Farming Fund by $13 million.

The Government’s investment in the fund will increase from $7 million to $20 million. This increase in investment is a far more effective approach to optimising the primary sector than the tax and punish policies of other political parties, according to Federated Farmers science spokesperson Guy Wigley.

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