Environment

Tapping into markets for poplar

Potential markets and uses for poplar timber are being investigated. By Rebecca Greaves.

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In the wake of Gabrielle

Hawke’s Bay farmers are showing a heightened interest in protection and remedial work following the devastation of Cyclone Gabrielle and climate predictions. By Tim McVeagh.

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Right tree, right place

An extensive tree planting programme on Awapapa Station, near Gisborne, is bearing fruit. Trees and stock co-exist in a system that benefits the land and the animals. Rebecca Greaves reports. Photos by Louise Savage.

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Potential for native shrubs

Benefits of native species on hill country farms, highlighting their effectiveness in Cyclone Gabrielle were demonstrated at a field day at Massey’s Riverside farm, just north of Masterton,. Rebecca Greaves reports

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Farmers need science-led methane review

Global understanding of climate change science has evolved significantly since New Zealand’s emissions reduction targets were set in 2019.

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Guarding gullies and waterways

A critical source area is a gully, swale or a depression that accumulates runoff and delivers it to waterways.

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Bugger the mud

Rain, wind and even cyclones have made the winter hard going for farmers and stock, writes Wairarapa vet Sara Sutherland.

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A case to reject emissions pricing

In the long-running case of sheep and beef farmers versus the climate minister James Shaw, the verdict should be a resounding “not guilty” for the farmers. By Steven Cranston.

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Freshwater farm plans

FEPs, LEPs and especially FFPs. James Hoban lays out the history, requirements and costs farmers face with implementation.

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Plant natives and exotics

Hawke’s Bay farmer Peter Arthur puts up an argument for mixed planting. It might mean more work, but the results would be worth it, aesthetically and financially.

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