The biggest New Zealand Winegrower event of the year has wrapped up.
Bucking public perception of dirty dairying – fanned by environmental groups and mainstream media reporting – West Coast dairy farmers have played a big part in cleaning up the biggest waterway in the region.
The global climate change conference in Paris drew a record number of world leaders to the opening last week. Federated Farmers dairy industry group chair Andrew Hoggard looks at the debate.
The water quality target of the West Coast's Lake Brunner has been achieved five years ahead of schedule, says Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith.
Once again, it has been a year of pleasing results from industry, incidents and the dairy sector, the annual compliance monitoring report compiled by Environment Southland has found.
"We already have low-emission climate-friendly farming practices – it's called organic farming," says Marion Thomson, co-chair of Soil & Health.
Soil's ability to store carbon and contain greenhouse gases could globally limit climate warming, says a University of Sydney expert.
The environment is one of the biggest issues facing sheep and beef farmers, says the northern Beef + Lamb NZ farmer council chairman Andrew McKenzie.
The efforts of farmers to improve the health of the Piako River in the Waikato region have been recognised.
The Land and Water Forum (LWF) today outlined new consensus recommendations needed to improve management of fresh water.
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