Agritech and data pave farming’s new highway
Pressure has grown on the farming sector in the past decade to better understand and manage its environmental footprint, whether that be greenhouse gases or nutrient losses. But as any farmer will quickly point out, “it’s a tough business trying to manage what you can’t measure.”
Regenerative agriculture brings broad options for farmers
Regenerative agriculture is a phrase being heard more often by farmers in New Zealand, but one not always well understood and likely to result in blank stares and shrugged shoulders when asked to explain what exactly it is.
A sweet earner for small blocks
Being a long skinny country provides ample opportunity to grow most types of berries and it is a sector that can provide opportunities for the burgeoning number of small block owners around the country. It is also a sector that brings its own unique set of challenges and risks.
A place of their own
Buying a lifestyle property used to be largely about having room for the pony, a paddock to rear a few “beefies” for the freezer, or land to run some chickens or a couple of alpacas. These days, lifestyle property owners are converting or building garages and sheds on their properties for hobbies and businesses – or for a beer and a jam session.
Pest patrol and control
Owners of lifestyle blocks can make a real difference to their own property, their neighbours’ land, and contribute positively to the health and resilience of New Zealand’s native flora and fauna through effective predator-free initiatives. We look at some of the options and support available.
Honesty is the best policy
Roadside produce stalls with honesty box payment systems have long been part and parcel of the Kiwi way of life. We talk to some stallholders about the pros and cons of honesty-based farm gate sales and profile a new app designed to streamline the payment process.
Wood value boosted with processing
With 60 percent of New Zealand’s annual timber harvest felled for raw export logs, there are calls for more added-value processing into products like panelling and engineered timber. It’s a tough call for little ol’ New Zealand to compete on the world stage in this arena – can we do it?
Heading to town to grow farm wealth
Farmers considering retirement, succession and wealth creation are increasingly turning to the commercial and industrial property sector for a passive income after a lifetime of hard graft on the land. We look at the ins and outs of property investment for farmers.
It’s show time again
The local A&P Show remains a must-do on most New Zealanders’ social calendars – despite the changing world we live in and the creep of cities towards the rural hinterland. We take a look at four thriving A&P Shows and how they’re reinventing themselves for 21st century life.
Farms to boost forests’ fortunes
Whether for carbon or for timber, there is a buzz in forestry circles. Once again this major industry is on target to play a big part in re-booting regional economies, and putting New Zealand on track to meet its environmental commitments to the rest of the world.
Farming smarter, not harder
Information technology and associated high-tech’ applications are making their presence felt. These advances can help New Zealand farmers farm smarter, reduce their environmental impact and improve efficiencies – in a way that is accessible, affordable and downright clever.
Putting the Glam into Camping
As urbanisation has taken hold in New Zealand, it has become increasingly difficult for city dwellers to access rural life in a meaningful way. Glamping is giving urban dwellers a chance to reconnect with this country’s pastoral roots, have a break and help farmers’ incomes. Country speaks to some glamping site entrepreneurs.