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About half of the Bay’s economy is related to growing and agribusiness — all dependent in turn on how smart we are about using our land and soil sustainably to achieve highest productivity.

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Opportunities Lost

Land/Farming Voices

Well I’m afraid it’s not so intriguing. We simply do not think the project stacks up financially or environmentally, and believe there are much better ways to invest $80 million to achieve our region’s economic development objectives. I suppose it’s…

Rex Graham05 June 2016

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Commodity Obsession

Land/Farming Voices

When prices fall, the profitability vanishes and the dairy industry contracts worldwide. The lack of supply this creates drives up prices, leading to an increase in herd sizes and dairy farm numbers, which again leads to an oversupply, and the…

Ceri Wells07 December 2015

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GRASS-FED CAVIAR

Environment Land/Farming

TPP    The biggest news, or at least the news creating the highest expectations, is the conclusion of the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) agreement. For the farming sector, leaving aside disappointed dairying, TPP appears to offer substantial trading benefits. According…

Tom Belford07 December 2015

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Roundup … Friend or Foe?

Land/Farming

Roundup, the farmer’s and backyard gardener’s harmless friend … or not? The most ubiquitous of weed killers, most likely there’s some in your garage or shed right now. Over the past forty years users and consumers have been told it…

Phyliss Tichinin08 June 2015

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Megatrends & Investment Opportunities

Land/Farming

‘Megatrend’ is the term we use for economic, environmental and political transformations which have long-lasting significance to society. While many of these transformations are initially man-made or a result of technological progress, they are themselves powerful forces of innovation and…

Sam Howard08 June 2015

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FARMING WITH NATURE

Land/Farming Voices

If nature and books don’t agree, throw out the books! Changing our understanding of how the environment works opens up business advantages for farmers that are often ignored due to traditions. So where can we change? There are three areas…

John King08 April 2015

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Land/Farming

The land of limitless opportunity of our youth has proven not to be. On any meaningful economic indicator, such as average household income or employment growth or percentage of residents with tertiary qualifications, Hawke’s Bay now ranks amongst the worst…

Peter Beaven08 April 2015

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Tomorrow’s Farms Today

Land/Farming

Smart new farming systems that will define agriculture in the 21st century are already in our backyard. On farm, we have to do things smarter, not just because of the dilemma we face with water quality and quantity, but also…

DrAlison Dewes08 December 2014

Smart Green Agriculture

Magazine Land/Farming

In a recent National Business Review article, Greens preparing for government, Matthew Hooten, noting the Green Party’s strong standing in current polls, wrote: “The business community and the Greens will always be wary of one another but it is increasingly…

Russel Norman06 March 2013

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