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Let's feed the people first, say ag leaders

Thursday - Agricultural industry leaders say they need to feed New Zealanders before the rest of the world.

NZ must rein in Fonterra, says US watchdog

16 Jun 20 - Fonterra is among 13 global dairy companies criticised for continuing to increase greenhouse gas emissions despite their climate damage.

Saucy sugar joins drive to find us better food

19 May 20 - Australia’s sugar industry is joining forces with health experts to call for a complete change to the world’s food systems.

New genetics regime will cut dairy herd emissions

12 May 20 - A new national regime for recording dairy genetics will help to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s herd, officials say.

Our hill-country is easy going for nitrous oxide

16 Apr 20 - New Zealand’s hill-country farms are releasing much less nitrous oxide than previously thought.

Scientists back soil sequestration

18 Mar 20 - Soil sequestration could remove billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide a year from the atmosphere, scientists say.

Experts to probe farm emissions tool

Ruth Fairhall

12 Mar 20 - A panel has been appointed to review the functioning of Overseer, the farm environmental modelling tool that could help farmers to measure their greenhouse gas emissions.


Maori land owners back biological farming

Te Horipo Karaitiana

6 Mar 20 - The owners of a million hectares of Maori land are turning their backs on “conventional” agriculture and adopting regenerative practices.

Startup predicts soil-carbon credits for farmers

Mike Taitoko

5 Mar 20 - A company connecting investors directly with farmers taking action on climate change says it expects they will, eventually, get credits for the carbon stored in their paddocks.

Government eyes new rules for inhibitors

14 Feb 20 - The Government is considering introducing new rules to govern the use of inhibitors in agriculture to avoid a repeat of the 2013 DCD trade disaster.

Urban farming focus of $100,000 research award

5 Feb 20 - An urban farming initiative is at the centre of the first $100,000 Pivot Award, a premier research award aimed at enabling innovation in Taranaki's agriculture sector.

EU urged to adopt meat tax to tackle climate emergency

5 Feb 20 - A sustainability charge on meat to cover its environmental damage could raise billions to help farmers and consumers produce and eat better food, according to a report.

Farms must go back to the future, says minister

Damien O'Connor

30 Jan 20 - Farmers will have to move away from intensive, specialised farming as climate change bites, the agriculture minister says.

Minister questions forest conversion claims

Damien O'Connor

12 Nov 19 - The Government denies large areas of productive farmland are being converted to forestry as the country tries to offset its greenhouse gas emissions.

Farmers and foresters are taking to the streets

14 Oct 19 - Tensions between farmers and foresters over land acquisitions are about to be played out on the streets of Wellington.

NZ bankrolls Scottish search for clean green sheep

4 Oct 19 - New Zealand is putting money and science behind Scottish research into farming climate-friendly sheep.

ROBO-CROP: Five roles robots will play in future of farming

2 Oct 19 - With the complex data collecting devices of today’s world, agriculture is in the midst of a high-tech revolution- particularly in the area of precision farming.

Why environment has place in red-meat debate

Professor Jim Mann

1 Oct 19 - Recommendations that people should keep eating red meat fail to take environmental damage into account – posing a long-term threat to human health, says one of New Zealand’s leading medical...

Farmers fret over green demands, says bank

26 Sep 19 - Fonterra’s economic woes are not the only thing worrying farmers – they’re also becoming increasingly anxious about the Government’s plans to make them clean up their environmental performance and...


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