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Financial impact of the Waikato Regional Plan Nitrogen Cap on Taupo Farmers

Prepared for the Waikato Regional Council by Phil Journeaux, Darren McNae & James Allen; May 2019. The financial impact of the nitrogen cap was analysed across various aspects:(i) Impact on farm working expenses. As a generalisation, the rate of increase in farm working expenses across farms in New Zealand over time is greater than the rate of increase in farm [...]

Financial impact of the Waikato Regional Plan Nitrogen Cap on Taupo Farmers2019-10-10T14:19:09+13:00

Farmers fear the unknown over freshwater water plans

tuff News, 1 October 2019 Farmers are worried about proposed water policy changes, but their concerns are largely based on a fear of the unknown, says Northland dairy farmer Andrew Booth. In recent weeks social media has been rife with comments from on-edge farmers, and small town halls packed to the rafters as officials have been quizzed over the proposals. [...]

Farmers fear the unknown over freshwater water plans2019-10-10T14:11:53+13:00

Positive step for Lake Rotorua clean up

BOPRC Media Release 16 August 2019 Rotorua locals are one step closer to having a cleaner lake, following an interim Environment Court decision on Lake Rotorua nutrient management rules that has been released this week. Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chief Executive Fiona McTavish said that the rules (Plan Change 10) are one method in a broad suite of lake clean-up [...]

Positive step for Lake Rotorua clean up2019-08-22T15:12:22+13:00

Rotorua farmers dodge bullet

Farmers Weekly 22 August 2019 The Environment Court’s interim decision to uphold Plan Change 10 rules for nitrogen allocation in Rotorua Lakes District has been welcomed by farmers as a win for common sense and rural communities. The 70-plus farmers in the catchment have been fighting what they see as an about turn by Rotorua Lakes District Council after it [...]

Rotorua farmers dodge bullet2019-08-22T15:04:55+13:00

Rerewhakaaitu farmers managing nutrients to protect local lakes

BOPRC  Media Release 31 January 2019 Farmers from the Rerewhakaaitu community are taking practical steps to protect water quality in their local lakes. They have worked with Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Fonterra,  Beef and Lamb New Zealand, AgFirst and PerrinAg to develop a farm-specific nutrient profile and produce 48 customised farm environment plans. These farm environment plans will help [...]

Rerewhakaaitu farmers managing nutrients to protect local lakes2019-01-31T11:56:38+13:00

Canterbury nutrient limits take effect

Rural News - Nigel Malthus - 17 January 2019 Environment Canterbury says the Nutrient Management and Waitaki Plan Change, Plan Change 5 to the Land & Water Regional Plan, will take effect on February 1. The nutrient management rules will apply in all catchments in the Canterbury region not currently the subject of sub-region plans. Resource consent, including audited farm [...]

Canterbury nutrient limits take effect2019-01-31T12:32:23+13:00

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment report considers Overseer’s use for regulation

Fertiliser Matters; 17 December, 2018  A report on whether Overseer is suitable for use in regulation to help clean up Aotearoa New Zealand's rivers and lakes has been released today by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton. The report recommends that the Minister for the Environment and the Minister of Agriculture indicate if they wish to see Overseer [...]

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment report considers Overseer’s use for regulation2019-01-31T12:02:38+13:00

Dairy gold rush is over as nutrient limits put brake on Canterbury dairy conversions

Stuff - Heather Chalmers - 9 January 2019 Nutrient limits imposed on dairy farmers are putting a brake on new dairy conversions in Canterbury, with 10 consented last year. This compares with more than 50 conversions in the region during some of the peak dairy boom years. Environment Canterbury said that its consent figures showed that there had been a [...]

Dairy gold rush is over as nutrient limits put brake on Canterbury dairy conversions2019-01-31T12:26:02+13:00

Dairy farmers tackle nitrogen loss

STUFF: by Heather Chalmers 25 September 2018 Cutting cow numbers is just one of several options dairy farmers are using to meet looming nitrogen leaching reduction targets. Nitrogen is a key nutrient to grow grass on farms, but when there is more in the soil than plants can use it is at risk of leaching into groundwater, or runs off into [...]

Dairy farmers tackle nitrogen loss2019-01-31T12:06:08+13:00

Agriculture Minister rules out cap on dairy cattle numbers

Stuff - Gerald Piddock - 8 May 2018 Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor​ has denied the Government is pushing to put a cap on New Zealand's dairy cow numbers. Instead, it wanted farmers to better manage their nutrient outputs to improve water quality standards to make rivers swimmable, he told about 500 farmers at a forum at Mystery Creek on Tuesday. [...]

Agriculture Minister rules out cap on dairy cattle numbers2019-01-31T12:38:11+13:00