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    The environmental challenge for farmers

    15 February 2021

    When I started my career many years ago as a farm advisor on the West Coast, government policy was directed at increasing agricultural production, with significant financial incentives to do so.

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    Farm Environment Plans haven’t gone away

    5 August 2020

    The avalanche of environmental regulation coming farmers’ way has continued to gain momentum, evidenced by the Minister for the Environment’s Action for Healthy Waterways announcement on 28th May. Although the Covid-19 lockdown caused a number of statutory processes to be delayed, a State of National Emergency, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, does not affect requirements under the Resource Management Act (1991). This is because the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act (2002) does not affect the

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    You can't compare apples to oranges

    5 August 2020

    Environmental award-winning horticulture farming business Woodhaven Gardens is finding a positive pathway forward in a regulatory ‘no man’s land’.

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    Waste efficiency makes lives easier

    5 August 2020

    There’s no doubt that farming on the outskirts of a township comes with its own unique set of challenges. Victoria O’Sullivan talks to Geraldine farmers Neil and Margaret Campbell about the ClearTech effluent treatment system they use to reduce the impact of returning effluent back to pasture.

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