Waitomo News : April 8 2014 NKC Farmer
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 17 LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED M: 021 951 581 For All Your Concrete Needs Michael Watson Michael Watson CONTRACTING Suppliers of BIG ENOUGH TO DO THE JOB...small enough to care Ready mix concrete Box and lay service Feed pads Feed troughs Panels for palm kernal bins Silage pits Interlocking waste blocks All your other concrete needs Locally owned and operated 64 Otewa Road, Otorohanga Phone 07 873 8510 Mobile 021 951 581 • Owner operated with strong farming experience for service you expect • Suppliers of lime • Machinery to cater for your every need Jayson Thompson: 027 227 9000 0800 FERT2U Email firstname.lastname@example.org 127 Rora Street, P.O. Box 412 Te Kuiti 3941 P 07 878 1011 F 07 878 6693 E email@example.com W www.lbllaw.co.nz Areas of Practice • Asset Protection • Commercial Law • Commercial Leases • Company Law • Conveyancing • Employment Law • Estate Planning • E TS & Forestry • Relationship Property Law • Rural Law • Trust Law • Wills & Estate Administration • Wind Farming including Sale & Purchase of Businesses Rural, Residential & Subdivisions RURAL LAWYERS FOR RURAL CLIENTS lamb bain laubscher 16974 Canterbury Kids & Adults Rugby, Soccer & Hockey Boots $49.95 challenges ahead FROM P16 Of critical importance, given the changes in en- vironmental conditions, is that the research is done locally and regionally to improve the confidence in the results not only from the scientific viewpoint but also from the practical viewpoint of the farmer and grower. The Government-funded Crown Research Insti- tutes focussed on agriculture, horticulture, forestry and water, need scientists on the ground in the regions to identify priorities for research, and work with the top primary producers to ensure that what is being proposed is practicable. What is required simply does not fit with what the CRIs have been doing over the past few years – budget cuts have contributed to centralisation at the expense of regional research. Agresearch’s move to two hubs in Palmerston North and Lincoln exemplifies the problem. What- ever the theories about outreach and contact, the reality is that the expense of serving the regions is too great – and being at a distance will increase costs, not decrease them. Science can assist farmers and growers adapt to the forecast changing conditions, but only if the scientists understand the systems in which the operations are occurring. Nothing can replace farm trials in the region, where scientists and farmers and growers interact together to create the sensible path forward based on hard data. Surveys and models are not the same. The IPCC report does rely heavily on models, and time will tell whether or not they are accurate. In the meantime we should be doing the re- search in preparation – two droughts in a row are the sign. Effluent Expo turnout a record FARMERS turned out in record numbers for Wai- kato Regional Council’s fourth Effluent Expo, at Myster y Creek on March 25. About half of the 650 visitors were farm owners and the majority were from the greater Waikato. Some farmers came from as far away as North- land, Taranaki and the Wairarapa. In previous years the expo has drawn about 500 people. More than 50 exhibitors attended, with the aim of supporting farmers who want to boost farm profits while minimising their environmental impacts. As well as the WRC and key sponsor DairyNZ, there were exhibits ranging from effluent irrigators through to storage ponds and systems designers.
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