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NZ Pork signs Govt. biosecurity deal

The pork industry has signed a new biosecurity agreement with the Government.

The pork industry is the second sector, behind kiwifruit, to sign a Government Industry Agreement deed.
Under the deal, the pork industry share the costs of biosecurity; and in return get more say in how the Ministry for Primary industry conducts biosecurity relating to the sector.

The Pork industry and MPI have been at war over biosecurity issues in recent years, and it is hoped the agreement will help the two organisations to work together, rather than against one another.

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Ngai Tahu dairy development declined

Ngai Tahu’s plan to convert over 7000 hectares of North Canterbury land to dairy farming has been turned down because of its “unacceptable adverse effects” on the environment.

It had to apply for resource consent because the highly developed farming proposal could result in the discharge of nitrogen or phosphorus into the water.

However, the hearing commissioners have found the proposed mitigation plan inadequate for unavoidable adverse effects on the environment.

The commissioners have granted partial consent, meaning that Ngai Tahu can only farm the land if it complies with strict conditions which limit the scale of the operation.

Ngai Tahu weren’t available to comment on the decision

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Environmental Protection Society reviews insecticide rules

The EPA is considering a reassessment of fifteen approvals for insecticides containing organophosphate or carbamate chemicals granted last year.

The reassessment is to ensure bees and other insect pollinators are protected against adverse effects of exposure to insecticides with certain active ingredients, based on information from overseas studies.
The ingredients include acephate, dimethoate, methamidphos, mothomyl and oxamyl.

The EPA is inviting submissions on its reassessment of the insecticides.

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A2 milk gains Chinese approval

Approval has been given by Chinese regulators for an Auckland-based a2 milk company to resume exports there.

a2 was one of the New Zealand manufacturer and exporter of infant formula, not given initial approval, after China introduced new import rules.

The company's product will be imported by its distributor, China State Farm Shanghai.

Dunsandel-based Synlait Milk, which is building a new powder canning plant south of Christchurch, is also seeking the same approval.

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‘We must diversify from dairy’- Greens

The Green Party is focused on diversifying from dairy farming.
Russel Norman’s proposed a billion-dollar boost to research and development, as part of a push to diversify from dairy.

The project is backed by Professor Shaun Hendy of the McDiarmid Institute, who says no other developed nation is as reliant on a single product as we are.

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Federated Farmers predict lower milk payout

Federated Farmers are predicting Fonterra’s benchmark forecast milk payout of $7 to decrease following this week’s GlobalDairyTrade price drop.

Federated Farmers Dairy Chair Andrew Hoggard says the drop is to be expected with strong milk production seasons worldwide.
Andrew Hoggard believes Fonterra’s payout will end up at $6 to $6.25 per kilogram of milk solids.
Federated Farmers is advising farmers to be conservative with their money, and prioritise productive investment.

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National Country Music Awards 2014

National Country Music Awards 2014

Founders Theatre Hamilton  (Hamilton)

Kiwi Pro-Am presents the 2014 National Country Music Awards at Hamilton’s Founders Theatre on Saturday 16 August.
Featuring some of New Zealand’s brightest country music stars in annual star-studded red carpet awards and show night, this year’s special guests include The Howie Morrison Trio, Pat & Brendan Dugan, Leslie Nia Nia, Kylie Austin and Australia’s Morgan Evans (who toured with Taylor Swift!).
Also performing is the 2014 Horizon Award nominees Cameron Luxton, Sarah Conlan and Daniel Cosgrove, as well as 2013 Horizon winner Cameron Scott.
Howie Morrison Trio
Featuring Howie Morrison Jnr, Russell Harrison and Chris Powley the HMT take their audiences down memory lane with a mix of nostalgic toe-tapping, sing-along tunes that were made famous by the Howard Morrison Quartet.
Morgan Evans
Singer/songwriter Morgan Evans is one of the hottest young performers in Australian country. He has just released his self-titled debut album and has toured with international superstars like Taylor Swift and Alan Jackson - playing to over 50,000 people in Nashville at the world’s biggest country music festival. In 2013, Morgan was awarded the New Oz Artist of the Year award at the CMC Music Awards. His music is driven by an optimism shaped by life’s bumpy journey, a faith in the power of love and hard work to overcome the obstacles we all face every day.

Pat & Brendan Dugan
Known as ‘The Godfather of Country Music’, Pat Dugan first sang at the Christchurch Civic Theatre at the age of 10 and now at over 80 years of age he still has a strong and wonderful voice. In 1990 he was awarded a QSM for his services to country music. Apart from singing and teaching music, Pat also won the New Zealand finals for Atlantic Plough Competition and joined his father in trotting horse breeding industry. Asked if he would like to pass any tips to others, he replied, "A smile costs nothing but makes a lot of people happy”. In 2012 Pat & his son Brendan Dugan were inducted into the Hands of Fame at the NZ Gold Guitar Awards.

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