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Labour's water tax wrong to target irrigators, says lobby

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:12:32 +1200 | BusinessDesk

Aug. 16 (BusinessDesk) - The Labour Party's proposal to tax water used for irrigation will fail because lakes and rivers most in need of freshwater clean-ups have low levels of irrigation, says Irrigation New Zealand.More >>

Silver Fern Farms Announce Winners

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:33:18 +1200 | Silver Fern Farms

Silver Fern Farms Announce Winners of the Inaugural Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships Wednesday 16 August: Silver Fern Farms has awarded six Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships to an exciting group of young people from around New Zealand who are developing their ...More >>

Why tax irrigation to improve rivers ?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:36:06 +1200 | Irrigation New

IrrigationNZ is further challenging Labour’s plan to tax water used for irrigation to fund the clean-up of rivers after an analysis of the latest Ministry for the Environment data on water quality showed rivers in areas with irrigation are more swimmable than ...More >>

Continued Softening in Rural Real Estate Market

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:05:22 +1200 | REINZ

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (“REINZ”) shows there were 76 fewer farm sales (-16.2%) for the three months ended July 2017 than for the three months ended July 2016. Overall, there were 392 farm sales in the three months ...More >>

Dairy industry body joins GIA biosecurity partnership

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:43:06 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Dairy industry body joins GIA biosecurity partnership The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) has become the fifteenth and largest industry sector to join the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) biosecurity partnership, Primary Industries ...More >>

‘Let’s Answer This’ - Questions mounting on water tax

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:41:42 +1200 | Irrigation NZ

‘Let’s Answer This’, a campaign to get key questions on Labour’s proposed water tax answered is gathering momentum – while the fundamentals remain unclear. The questions (attached) were sent to Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern on Friday ...More >>

Dairy company and farm managers fined over unparalleled case

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:37:06 +1200 | Ministry of Primary Industries

Dairy company and farm managers fined over unparalleled case of neglect 15 August 2017 A large dairy corporation and two of its managers have been fined a total of close to $60,000 in relation to the worst case of long-term neglect in the dairy ...More >>

Labour cannot be trusted to defend and protect Māori rights

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:17:34 +1200 | The Maori Party

MEDIA STATEMENT 14 August, 2017 Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox Māori Party co-leaders Labour cannot be trusted to defend and protect Māori rights – again The Māori Party condemns Labour’s arrogant proposal to tax commercial water use and says ...More >>

National Backs Race-Based Water Taxes. Had Enough?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:00:05 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

National Backs Race-Based Water Taxes. Had Enough? New Zealand First says National is the pot calling Labour’s kettle black over taxes on water, with National writing water ‘Koha for Consent’ into Deeds of Settlement. “National provisioning Koha ...More >>

Q+A: David Parker interviewed by Corin Dann

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:39:00 +1200 | TVNZ

Labour: Farmers must pay to clean up our water ways Labour’s water spokesman David Parker’s standing by the party’s plan for farmers to pay for water, and says critics who say produce prices will go up are scaremongering. Speaking on TVNZ 1’s ...More >>

Mycoplasma bovis Update 11 August

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:16:36 +1200 | Ministry of Primary Industries

Mycoplasma bovis - Media Update Friday 11 August 2017 MPI’s progress in the response to the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis was the focus of a well-attended public meeting in Waimate last night. Around 100 people turned out to hear MPI officials and a number ...More >>

Organic Farmer New Chair of Soil & Health

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:02:13 +1200 | SOIL and HEALTH Assn of NZ

11 August 2017 - A fourth-generation farmer has been selected as the new chair of the Soil & Health Association, following its AGM. Until 2014 Graham Clarke was a sheep and beef farmer for over 30 years in South Otago at Marama Farm, which was ...More >>

Proudly co-operative, Fonterra wins award

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:46:07 +1200 | Cooperative Business New Zealand.

New Zealand’s biggest co-operative, Fonterra has been recognised by its peers at a celebration of the people-centred, values-based co-operative business model. Fonterra Co-operative Group, to give the dairy giant its full title, won the Co-operative ...More >>

Sanity prevails over proposed animal manure imports say Feds

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:22:54 +1200 | Federated Farmers

Sanity based on sound science has prevailed says Federated Farmers after the Government confirmed it would no longer be permitting imports of products containing animal manure.More >>

Lower Fruit Prices Bittersweet Due to High Vegetable Prices

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:58:47 +1200 | Statistics New Zealand

11 August 2017 - Fruit prices fell 5.2 percent in July 2017, contributing to a 0.2 percent fall in food prices, Stats NZ said today. More >>

Day 2 from EDS Conference Tipping Points

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:57:15 +1200 | Environmental Defence Society

Day 2 from EDS Conference Tipping Points Nature would have legal status under a government with the Greens “at its heart,” day two of the Environmental Defence Society’s Tipping Points conference heard.More >>

Collaboration essential for sustainable dairy farming

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:45:44 +1200 | Fortuna Group

If a future in sustainable farming is to be achieved in the coming years, companies in both the private and public sector need to be working both faster and more collaboratively, says dairy farm investment company Fortuna Group.More >>

NZ Beverage Council responds to Labour’s water policy

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:11:05 +1200 | NZ Beverage Council

New Zealand’s water bottlers are open to discussions about charging for commercial water use but these discussions must be based on fact. More >>

Labour’s water policy: wrong solution to the wrong problem

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:57:04 +1200 | Massey University

A Massey University agribusiness expert says Labour’s newly-announced water policy is problematic on several fronts. There are better ways to make New Zealand’s waterways cleaner, without punishing specific sectors and damaging property rights, says senior ...More >>

Day One from EDS Conference Tipping Points

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:31:36 +1200 | Environmental Defence Society

It was freshwater policies at 10 paces on the first day of the Environmental Defence Society’s Tipping Points conference yesterday, with both National and Labour releasing their policies.More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
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