Friday, April 12, 2024

Our Land & Water


NZ trusts its farmers – but we can do better

NZ trusts its farmers – but we can do better

Farmers WeeklyApr 3, 2024
Most comprehensive study to date of the social licence to farm draws on five research projects.

Gabrielle pushes climate change to top of worry list

Richard RennieFeb 9, 2024
Survey of primary sector experts ranks top-of-mind concerns.

How useful is social media to farmers?

Farmers WeeklyJan 29, 2024
Farmers are looking for new sources of information as they adapt to changes in climate and policy.

Shortcomings in water quality monitoring flagged 

Neal WallaceJan 26, 2024
Under current system, it will be decades before any improvements can be confirmed.


Soil health, science and farmer know-how drives project

Soil health, science and farmer know-how drives project

ShepherdessJan 15, 2024
Revitalise Te Taiao is a research programme working alongside agribusinesses and communities as they progress land-use change, work with value chains and connect with markets to revitalise te taiao.
Going back to native bush for a better bottom line

Going back to native bush for a better bottom line

Guest writerDec 7, 2023
A newly released guide aims to help farmers turn poor-performing land into ngahere (native bush), cutting the cost from $20,000/ha to as low as $3000/ha.
Project looks at Agroforestry benefits in Canterbury plains

Project looks at Agroforestry benefits in Canterbury plains

Guest writerDec 6, 2023
New research is looking at the benefits of planting trees in paddock corners outside the reach of irrigation pivots on dairy systems.
Dairy dilemma on the slopes of a soggy icon

Dairy dilemma on the slopes of a soggy icon

Guest writerDec 5, 2023
A new project offers help as picturesque Taranaki region’s water challenges come to a head on scores of farms.
Growing your own feed pays off  

Growing your own feed pays off  

Gerald PiddockOct 30, 2023
A new study looks at options for reducing the country’s reliance on imported feed.
dairy-milking

What about the workers? Land-use change’s forgotten resource

Guest writerOct 21, 2023
New research aims to help smooth out peaks and troughs in production in different land uses.
wine-grapes

Disease on the move in a warming climate

Guest writerOct 10, 2023
A research project is applying climate change scenarios to put a cost on disease impacts and adaptation measures.
Challenges and new chances in EU Green Deal

Challenges and new chances in EU Green Deal

Annette ScottOct 5, 2023
Organics Aotearoa NZ CEO unpacks implications of bloc’s key strategy.
Rural professionals’ contribution to sustainability in focus

Rural professionals’ contribution to sustainability in focus

Annette ScottSep 28, 2023
Local scenarios with practical applications explored.
Recon and reflection as Revitalise te Taiao marks one-year milestone

Recon and reflection as Revitalise te Taiao marks one-year milestone

Guest writerSep 14, 2023
The Revitalise Te Taiao programme gathered its people on the shores of Lake Wānaka, to review and focus on future plans for putting research into action.
Solar panels light up drystock income

Solar panels light up drystock income

Richard RennieSep 12, 2023
Modelling of lower density installation shows almost a trebling of profits.
Database of waterways work launches

Database of waterways work launches

Farmers WeeklyAug 14, 2023
National record kept of land initiatives that restore health to rural waterways.
Nailing down nitrates on a South Canty dairy farm

Nailing down nitrates on a South Canty dairy farm

Tony BennyAug 10, 2023
Research on nitrate levels could be a game-changer for a South Canterbury farm as it has provided invaluable data.
Clover trial aims to boost hill country pasture

Clover trial aims to boost hill country pasture

Guest writerJul 27, 2023
Hope is for big gains in feed quality, finances and stability of vulnerable soils.
‘Champion’ catchments share stories

‘Champion’ catchments share stories

Bryan GibsonJul 21, 2023
Sharing knowledge key to building momentum in groups, project finds.
Science leaders call for National Food Strategy

Science leaders call for National Food Strategy

Farmers WeeklyJul 17, 2023
Six directors will pool National Science Challenges findings to add to pot.
Iwi approach a winner as professors unpack farm assurance

Iwi approach a winner as professors unpack farm assurance

Richard RennieJul 17, 2023
An Our Land and Water study delves into the labyrinth of systems to find how schemes can be enhanced to improve farmer-consumer relations.
Star rise a marker in the cycle of life

Star rise a marker in the cycle of life

Matariki has always had special meaning for farmers.
Risk and reward for NZ in EU’s green efforts

Risk and reward for NZ in EU’s green efforts

Richard RennieJul 6, 2023
Push for organics is good news for some exports and a wake-up call for others.
Strip-tilling for fodder beet holds it together

Strip-tilling for fodder beet holds it together

Guest writerJul 4, 2023
Study takes a closer look at method to lessen runoff from winter grazing crop.
Exploring human appetite for NZ pasture

Exploring human appetite for NZ pasture

Guest writerJun 27, 2023
A new study looks into the potential of country’s rich pasture to feed people – tapping into a multibillion-dollar global market.
Cost cooling Kiwis’ great love of meat

Cost cooling Kiwis’ great love of meat

Farmers WeeklyJun 7, 2023
When it came to motivations for reducing meat consumption, “lack of affordability and health concerns are their key drivers”.
Alzheimer’s-fighting daffodils trialled in high country

Alzheimer’s-fighting daffodils trialled in high country

Guest writerJun 6, 2023
The soggy cold springs in the high country are far from ideal growing conditions, but stressing the plants at elevation is thought to boost its health benefits.
Canterbury river and trees

Aisles of useful numbers in ‘data supermarket’ to aid land use decisions

Richard RennieMay 22, 2023
One-stop shop for range of information to help with land use decisions.
Alternative feeds can help hit emission targets

Alternative feeds can help hit emission targets

Guest writerMay 11, 2023
Pastoral farming has some surprising drawbacks when it comes to methane.
Waimatuku planting day-1

Catchment groups get tools to last

Richard RennieMay 10, 2023
Resources pitched at groups at every stage, from beginner to established.
A foot in the door of the alternative protein market

A foot in the door of the alternative protein market

Guest writerMay 9, 2023
What comes first, the processing plant or the producers?
Canterbury Plains could lead the way in wheat production

Canterbury Plains could lead the way in wheat production

Guest writerMay 8, 2023
Growing our own could cut GHG and water consumption.
Supply chains deliver gains for hort growers  

Supply chains deliver gains for hort growers  

Richard RennieMay 2, 2023
Zespri approach sets sector up to meet the needs of a more conscious consumer market.
Dairy farm riparian planting

Catchment groups need more support and better planning, study finds

Gerald PiddockApr 21, 2023
A recent survey found that not many catchment groups had specific objectives they were working towards.
Bleak picture of NZ freshwater emerges

Bleak picture of NZ freshwater emerges

Farmers WeeklyApr 12, 2023
Only 2% of bigger lakes rated as good or very good in 2016-2020 monitoring.
Urban and rural businesses team up to understand each other better

Urban and rural businesses team up to understand each other better

Guest writerApr 4, 2023
Project aims to foster sense of shared responsibility between groups.
Generosity and empathy soothe cyclone’s sting

Generosity and empathy soothe cyclone’s sting

Cheyenne WilsonApr 4, 2023
Even modest gestures help to start the process of healing from the emotional trauma of seeing a life’s work devastated, writes Cheyenne Wilson.
Better coordination needed to unlock catchment groups’ potential

Better coordination needed to unlock catchment groups’ potential

Guest writerApr 4, 2023
Government sees catchment groups differently to how they see themselves, according to insights from three years of research.
There’s value in red meat going green

There’s value in red meat going green

Richard RennieMar 22, 2023
The Taste Pure Nature campaign has identified the “conscious foodie” consumer, one seeking greater levels of assurance around their food supply.
Gateway project aims to improve data access

Gateway project aims to improve data access

Richard RennieMar 6, 2023
Kuaha Matihiko to consolidate sources into a single ‘shopfront’ for land and water data that is otherwise difficult to find and expensive.
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