More farm planting. These trees are eucalypts, which are used for extra timber strength, quality paper and some species showing lots of potential for durable posts.

If farmers want to offset their emissions under the likely Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), then it is rational to plant forestry and get the carbon credits for that, says Farm Foresters Association president Neil Cullen.

 
The delegation from NZ Agritech visiting Silicon Valley.

New Zealand companies aren’t bold enough when taking innovation overseas, says Callaghan agritech innovation expert Nicky Molloy.

 
Only two regions disease-free

37 farms have been confirmed as infected with Mycoplasma bovis by the Ministry for Primary Industries — eight in the North Island and 29 in the South.

Forestry minister Shane Jones.

Shane Jones’ one billion trees planting project is not ambitious enough, says the Productivity Commission.

Zespri’s stand at Asia Fruit Logistica. Photo: Horticulture NZ.

Fewer tyre kickers than previously and people there to do real business was one of the observations made at Asia Fruit Logistica, says Horticulture NZ acting chief executive Richard Palmer.

Exciting new technology is now available to lure consumers to buy products, and a university high-tech researcher says New Zealand should take advantage of this.

A billion-dollar drop in Fonterra’s fortunes leaves the co-op vulnerable to increasing competition, says Federated Farmers Dairy president Chris Lewis.

Ag Minister Damien O’Connor told the International Conference on Agricultural GHG Emissions and Food Security, held in Berlin last week, that NZ is spending large on R&D to identify options to reduce agricultural emissions.

Federated Farmers president Katie Milne is encouraging farmers to get involved in Fish & Game NZ because it has been saying a lot of “interesting things” about farming.

 

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