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29 October 2019

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In this week's newsletter:

Challenge of Climate Change


The Government has announced an agreement with the primary sector for the sector - and not the Government - to take the initiative to make climate change adaptations...  Read Mike's blog here.  



Government’s freshwater consultation closes on 31 October 


Growers have until Thursday 31 October to make a submission on the Government's freshwater proposals.  This is your chance to point out to the Government what needs to change in the proposals to support vegetable and fruit growing, now and in the future.  

For fruit growers
Under the proposals, if you wanted to expand by more than 10 hectares, you would need a consent, which would cost thousands of dollars.     

For vegetable growers
Under the proposals, any expansion would require a consent, which would be difficult to obtain and cost thousands of dollars.  

We oppose these and other aspects of the proposals, and need your submissions to support the case.  

Use the submission template below to get your views across to the Government by 31 October.  

 
Download submission template

Submissions on the freshwater proposals need to be made by 31 October.  

Send to: consultation.freshwater@mfe.govt.nz
Or submit online at: https://www.mfe.govt.nz/consultation/action-for-healthy-waterways
 

FAR bio-pesticides workshops


Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) Chief Executive, Alison Stewart is running workshops in November on the current availability and future potential for the use of bio-pesticides in cropping systems in New Zealand.  The workshops will cover:
  • What are biopesticides and how do they work?
  • How do they differ from conventional synthetic pesticides?
  • The role of biopesticides in integrated pest management systems.
  • What questions you should ask before purchasing biological products.
To find out more and to register, click here.  

Learn about immigration policy changes


Immigration New Zealand is holding 17 seminars throughout the country during November about changes to the way employers support migrant workers with temporary work visas.  Find out more here.  
Summerfruit growers vote on funding

Commercial summerfruit growers have until 8 November to vote on ongoing industry funding for biosecurity, crop protection, export market access and other activities.  Read the full media release here.  

John R Templin scholarships


Applications are now open for graduates of the University of Canterbury or Lincoln University to apply to the Templin Scholarship Trust for scholarships to support research, higher studies or practical experience in engineering or horticulture at Ohio State University, or at any other approved institution in the United States or Canada. 

For more information, click here.  The closing date for applications is 31 October.  

Apply for Nelson-Tasman Career Development Coordinator


Applications close on Friday 8 November for the role of Horticulture Career Development Coordinator in the Nelson-Tasman Region.  This is a fixed term role that will work with growers, industry-related businesses, education providers and the Nelson-Tasman Community to promote horticulture as a thriving and attractive industry with a broad range of long-term career opportunities.  More information is available by clicking here.  

MPI Postgraduate Science Scholarships open 


Applications close on 8 December for Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Postgraduate Science Scholarships for PhD and Masters students undertaking primary sector research.

MPI says the scholarships 'help build science and technology capability and promote the exciting range of science careers on offer across our primary industries, from fisheries to forestry, agriculture to food and biosecurity'.  Click here for more information.  

Apply now for Primary ITO scholarships 


Applications for Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO) scholarships covering the duration of a horticultural apprenticeship programme are open now.  For more information, click here.  

Telling Our Story
 

Farmers Weekly: Farmers get their greenhouse gas deal

Gisborne Herald: PGF boost for field services ‘big leap’

Radio NZ: Farmers feel 'dictated to'
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