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My Daily Digest: December 1, 2020

MPI to fund regen ag research The debate around regenerative agriculture has been swirling awhile now, with many advocates saying it’s the way of the future for New Zealand farmers.

Some, though, reckon it’s more a case of back to the future and say NZ farmers are already regenerative in many ways.

But what exactly is it?

Well, the Ministry for Primary Industries wants to find out and now has funds available for those wanting to research what it will look like in a NZ context.

Hopefully once the results are in, everyone will be clearer on what it might mean for the industry here.

And more importantly, we should find out whether it will sustain our farming sector environmentally and financially.


Bryan Gibson


Call for research proposals on regen farming practices

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is calling for proposals for projects to investigate regenerative farming practices.


Better safe than sorry

Sheep and beef farmer Ian Matthews says he was fortunate to walk away uninjured after his quad bike rolled on-farm. Today, he and wife Sandra have a crash protection device fitted.


New Zealand red meat exports drop

The value of New Zealand red meat exports dropped by 18% in October compared to a year earlier, according to the Meat Industry Association (MIA).


NZ treads carefully as Aussie, China trade blows

New Zealand’s foreign policy leaders are treading a careful line as the trade war and spiky diplomatic exchanges between Australia and China escalate.


Kono boss to chair Apec council

The new chair of the Apec (Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation) business advisory council is Rachel Taulelei, chief executive of Maori food and beverage exporter Kono.


Tonight on Sarah’s Country

7:10pm – New Zealand Winegrowers chair Clive Jones celebrates NZ wine exports hitting $2 billion.

7:20pm – During lockdown flower growers faced a grim future. United Flower Growers chief executive Tony Hayes shares how the online auction system was a lifeline. 

7:30pm – We learn about Masterton-based farmer Rupert Handyside’s water storage facility that can hold more than 400,000 cubic metres. 

7:40pm – The horticulture industry is welcoming approval for 2000 seasonal workers, but at what cost? Summerfruit chair Tim Jones explains.

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