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My Daily Digest: November 2, 2020

Ministers need to ensure sector has a place at the table Having been handed the trade portfolio, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor now heads the two key ministries vital to farming’s future.

And if this Government’s first term was about setting the policy that it believes will help farming thrive, this next will be about working with industry to bring everyone in it along for the ride.

In general, farmers are on board with environmental progress and sustainable land management. But they’re struggling to see how they can meet these new standards and stay profitable in the short and medium term.

O’Connor, along with Environment Minister David Parker and new Conservation Minister Kiri Allan, need to show a clear path that the industry can buy into. Good leaders bring the team with them and farming needs that leadership now.

Bryan Gibson 


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Foreign investors get land purchase approval

Two foreign-owned forestry companies have been given Government approval to buy land in multiple transactions without requiring approval for each purchase from the Overseas Investment Office.


What drives high-performing farms?

New research has revealed attention to detail, measuring and recording performance and consistency of execution are critical to driving high-performing sheep and beef farms.


NZ vet shortage a growing concern

A nationwide shortage of veterinarians could lead to serious animal welfare issues if more are not let into the country, New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) chief executive Kevin Bryant says.


GoDairy deferred until March

The GoDairy campaign has been temporarily wound down with plans to relaunch it in March next year.


Tonight on Sarah’s Country:  

7:10pm – Waterway fencing costs are unrealistic. Fencing Contractors Association board member Shane Beets shares their plans moving forward.  

7:20pm – Government-funded vineyard hemp trial leads to new skincare export. Hark & Zander co-founder Kirsty Harkness explains more.  

7:30pm – Farmlands co-operative chair Rob Hewitt discusses the results of the Farmlands annual report.  

7: 40pm – Syndex chief executive Ross Verry joins us following the NZX webinar on private market investing and public listing as solutions for acquiring capital.


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