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Daily Digest: September 28, 2020

‘Tis the season There’s a funny calendar of Wellington weather that gets circulated about this time each year. It has the usual summer, autumn, winter and spring but the longest season, beginning in September, is sh*tsville.

The current weather all over New Zealand will have more than Wellingtonians holding on to their umbrellas for dear life, however.

Spring storms are common, of course, but are nervous times for those farmers nurturing new life on the farm.

Still, those looking for silver linings will point to the masses of rain that are giving dry pastures a bit of a recharge. All we need now is the warmth to return to kick the growth off again.

Roll on summer, then.


Bryan Gibson


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Tonight on Sarah's Country:  

7:10pm – If planting production forests is to be restricted with the idea of protecting farming, Forest Owners association president Phil Taylor believes taxpayers are likely to have to pay billions of dollars for imported carbon credits. 

7:20pm – The environmental and animal welfare record of New Zealand farmers will come under closer scrutiny in trade talks. Beef + Lamb NZ’s senior trade policy manager Stephanie Honey shares their efforts to counter negative perceptions about the environmental impact of NZ agriculture. 

7:30pm – Selling bales of wool to the rest of the planet is not going to improve farm gate returns. Tech'N'Colour NZ general manager Richard Blomendal believes the problem lies in New Zealand's lack of ability to manufacture a finished product.  

7:40pm – Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Connor says Labour’s $50 million farm plan pledge will remove some of the regulatory burden farmers face. 

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