Monday saw an early announcement with the Emissions Reduction Plan and farmers receiving $710 million in the budget for emissions research… And there was more with the Budget itself. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says $190 million will be invested in advisory services for farmers, foresters and growers and $31.6 million will focus on animal welfare practices across New Zealand. Damien O’Connor says more than $118.4 million over the next four years will go towards boosting advisory services for farmers, foresters, growers and whenua Māori owners. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash highlighted $40 million over four years for forestry, wood processing, food and beverage and fisheries sectors to accelerate transformation in those sectors.