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My Daily Digest: December 8, 2020

Freshwater quality moving in right direction Farmers are doing the work to improve freshwater quality, but new research shows it’s only just begun.

The Our Land and Water science challenge has released interactive maps that show nitrogen and phosphorus losses between 1995 and 2015.

Many catchments are under pressure in terms of nutrient losses and water quality, but the researchers say that if all available mitigations are implemented, those losses would reduce by 34%.

That will be enough for most regions, but changes to land use or intensity may be required in some.

The positive we can take is that we’re moving in the right direction.


Bryan Gibson


Work has improved fresh water – but more needed

Action taken by farmers to reduce nutrient losses during the past 20 years has worked, but it will need to accelerate if current regulatory objectives are to be met.



EU exception to tariff reductions

The European Union remains the hold out on tariff rates as the horticulture sector continues to benefit from lower rates among New Zealand’s remaining major trading partners.



Otago farmers seek clarity on freshwater rules

Farmers attending a field day in Otago seeking more details about the Government’s new freshwater rules would have been disappointed.


Shane McManaway joins FarmIQ board

Shane McManaway has taken a place as a director on the FarmIQ board, representing MSD Animal Health.



Partnership key to success for award winners

Canterbury farming couple Ted and Sue Rollinson are the New Zealand region winners of the inaugural Zimmatic Sustainable Irrigation Awards.



Tonight on Sarah’s Country

7:10pm – The New Zealand Merino Company has opened the door for new investors in its bid to raise $12.6 million. Chief executive John Brakenridge says the positives in the capital are exciting. 

7:20pm – ChristchurchNZ Food & Fibre specialist Robyn Cox discusses the new Supernode Challenge to uncover our next agritech innovations with a $130,000 prize pool. 

7:30pm – A group of Southland farmers are petitioning the Government about the details of the national freshwater policy. Groundswell NZ founding member Laurie Paterson explains why.

7:40pm – High Country Contractors find a better use for their unwanted wilding pines. Managing director Khan Adam shares how they are making a difference for mental health. 

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