Latest News & Events
Read through some of the latest news and events from Hawke's Bay Future Farming.
Wilmot Cattle Co's Soil Carbon Sequestration - A Profitable Venture or Short-Term Fix? New
Microsoft Deal Raises Questions about the Long-Term Viability of Soil Carbon Offsetting.
Unlocking Soil Potential - Advocating for Credits in New Zealand's Emissions Trading Scheme for Carbon-Sequestering Farmers
Congratulations Nicole Schon (The Worm Doctor)
PGG Wrightson Seeds Significant Contribution Award at the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science.
Carbon Positive Micro-Farm Progress Tour
Open fieldwalk – Wednesday 6 September (1pm - 3pm) – free registration via Eventbrite.
Carbon Positive Project Update - Cover Crops
Winter cover crops were planted in late April after sweetcorn was harvested
HortPlus is a New Zealand-based agricultural technology
HortPlus is a New Zealand-based agricultural technology firm who has been delivering digital solutions to the primary sector for over fifteen years.
Fed up with the effects of repeated droughts, regenerative farming has 'worked wonders' for a Hawke's Bay farmer
Stuff has published a great article on the regen ag learning experience out at Mike Hunsberger's 750ha sheep & beef farm, Karaka, out on Kahuranaki Road towards Elsthorpe.
PAN PAC joins HBFFCT as a New Sponsor
Pan Pac Forest Products is pleased to support Hawke’s Bay Future Farming Trust’s work to champion sustainable agriculture in Hawke's Bay.
The Carbon Positive project has been trialing commercial planting technologies that allow crops to be planted into soils with mulch cover.
Soil Carbon Update
The Carbon Positive project has now completed the first of six seasons and in this season grew sweetcorn for McCains, testing three different growing systems.
Principles to guide farm recovery
Growing the same stuff, the same way is not likely to be a viable future strategy. That's not a dictate of ideology, it's a reflection of trade realities and coming to terms with nature.
EPODs - HB company develops disaster 'must have'
EPODS (well-equipped 20 foot shipping containers) are purpose built for immediate recovery and care, to span the time gap between a disaster hitting an area and the arrival of first responders.
Silt Recovery Taskforce update
Huge silt recovery project underway. Could require removing 5-6 million cubic metres of silt, out of 12 million deposited.
Carbon Positive project harvests corn
We recently harvested our first trial crop, about 16 metric tonnes of sweetcorn, grown at the ‘MicroFarm’ of our project partner, LandWISE.
Regional Recovery Board appointed
Board sorting out what HB's recovery costs, paths and priorities will be. HB hort sector could face $3.5b loss by 2030.
Organic products bill passed into law
Organic producers like George Bostock praise new legislation, expected to ease overseas market access.
Remote sensing technologies to watch
Landcare Research presenting webinars on remote sensing tech uses in farming.
Toward regenerative recovery
Soil experts Phil Schofield and Phyllis Tichinin apply regenerative principles to soil recovery.
New MPI guide on HB disaster recovery
MPI has just published a very comprehensive guide on Cyclone Gabrielle recovery assistance.
Farmstrong’s ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’
Farmstrong’s core advice about maintaining farmer wellbeing reinforced by excellent new book.
Dan Bloomer podcast on Carbon Positive project
LandWISE's Dan Bloomer interviewed by rural podcast series, REX.
Government Bill suspends RMA barriers to recovery work
Severe Weather Emergency Legislation Bill is designed to expedite work required for immediate remediation of Gabrielle impacts.
Trust's Carbon Positive project on track
Carbon Positive test farm largely unaffected by Cyclone. Sweetcorn crop looking good.
Advice for silt-affected farmers & growers
Future Farming Trust’s soil consultant Phil Schofield talks sediment and revegetation.
Apple and grape damage in HB
"Apple Horror" headlines Rural News, with nearly half of HB's orchards damaged.
Recovery costs from cyclone
Huge numbers thrown around, expecting Gov't cost to easily exceed Christchurch earthquake's $13 billion.
Dealing with Gabrielle's silt
Practical advice (LandWISE) and academic research (Science Media Centre) on dealing with silt.
Trust announces $3m project in Hastings
A six year Carbon Positive project, officially announced today, to investigate regenerative farming principles in NZ cropping systems. Led by Trust and LandWISE.
HB's Tom O'Sullivan leads Campaign for Wool advocacy
Campaign promotes high value end uses for strong wool.
Napier Port addresses climate change
Napier Port releases second climate change related disclosure report.
Will Foley appointed to HBRIC Board
HBRIC’s investments are intended to be profit making, which would not rule out potential ag investments behind the farm gate aimed at improve farm profitability on a scalable basis.
HBFFT report included in Regional Water Assessment
Trust report informs HBRC's 50-year water assessment.
HB apples ... boom or bust?
Considering what the industry went through last season, and the poor weather thus far this season, some would question whether any optimism is warranted for the region’s growers.
From Australia, an excellent e-newsletter rounding-up research, trials and other pertinent information on regenerative farming practices and carbon farming.
Napier Port explores green hydrogen solutions
Our Port and its sustainability commitment is a critical part of our farm to plate story.
Better beef genetics pilot comes to HB
Patoka beef farmer selected for ‘Informing New Zealand Beef’ (INZB) programme.
Te Mata Estate’s viticulture journey
Look inside the process of changing iconic brand's viticulture systems.
Future Farming Trust Annual Report - 2022
The Trust’s Annual Report for year ending 30 June 2022 now online.
Trust submits on soil carbon sequestration
HB Future Farming Trust made a submission to MPI and MfE on their consultation on the future Emissions Trading Scheme. We focused entirely on awarding farmers credit for soil carbon sequestration.
HB water decisions … drip, drip, drip!
The complexity and controversiality of water policy decisions seem to guarantee a slow pace.
Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers’ VINE initiative
VINE (viticulture, innovation, networking, and excellence) group aims to identify and share best practices in vineyards.
Meet Future Farming Trustee Scott Lawson
Scott puts improving soil health as the highest farming priority.
Pan Pac issues first sustainability report
Forest products company 'walking the talk' on sustainability.
Successful 'Regenerative Agriculture Curiosity Field Day'
Here's core info from recent 'regen basics' field day the Trust co-sponsored
More RSE workers, but will it be enough?
Bay Blue's Marian Hirst discusses her company's experience wit the scheme
Record moisture wreaks havoc on primary sector
HB Fed Farmers' Jim Galloway talks about record rainfall impacts
Video report on Springhill Orchard
Take a look at the innovative approach of Springhill Orchard in CHB
How the world sees NZ livestock emissions
Eyes are on Massey University research on feed additive that reduces methane emissions.
Regenerative Ag field day in HB - 6 October
Satisfy your curiosity about regen agriculture and learn directly from HB region farmers.
CHB's Springhill Orchard innovates
We caught up with Ben James, Springhill Orchard business manager apples, for an update on progress. Although not yet at full production, the orchard is already exceeding its workforce predictions.
Will Foley addresses HB water storage
While technologies will create efficiencies, irrigation will always be required in the horticulture and arable sectors.
Gov’t acts to protect highly productive land
Good news for HB. National Policy Statement issued on protecting highly productive land.
Meet your trustees – Phil Schofield
"We should be encouraging soil carbon projects to provide farmers with evidence of the benefits of building soil health and consequently improving environmental outcomes for all."
HB at centre of funding boost for Ag and Hort science in schools
New programme to get more schools teaching agricultural and horticultural science and more students taking those subjects to be driven from Hawke's Bay.
CHB’s Spring Fling dives into sustainable growing
Foodscapes, described as an exposition festival, is showcasing sustainable growing and preserving, regenerative farming, and biodiversity over a weekend in late October.
foodeast faces scale back and delays
Craig Foss, chair of foodeast, the planned food innovation hub to be based in Hastings, is confident that the $20m project will achieve its vision, despite a scale back in the project.
Heretaunga Soils Symposium
The highly productive land of the Heretaunga Plains, their value to the wider economy, and threats to fertile soils and water resources were all explored at recent Hastings Soils Symposium.
Meet your trustees – Liz Krawczyk
I grew up in the little settlement of Mohaka about an hour north of Napier and once finished with my primary years at Mohaka School I went to Napier Girls High and was a boarder.
O’Connor vs Oram on NZ agriculture
The Grand Ballroom at Toitoi was filled last week to hear Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and journalist Rod Oram discuss the future direction and challenges for NZ agriculture.
HBRC forestry project launches
Pilot aims to demonstrate the environmental and economic benefits of ‘Right Tree Right Place’ planting.
Mark your calendar -- August 11
Here in Hastings, Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor and Rod Oram to discuss Future Farming with Climate Change.
HDC becomes Future Farming Trust Sponsor
Trust and HDC will collaborate on projects aimed at local farming/growing resilience.
Matangi Angus Beef awarded
Not for export, this premium beef from the Tukituki Valley, farmed sustainably, wows judges.
WoolWorks on a mission to reduce emissions
Awatoto wool scourer WoolWorks is on a mission to strip carbon from its business and improve the sustainability profile of New Zealand wool.
Plant-based meat getting traction?
Countdown reports demand for fresh meat alternatives has grown 20% in the past year.
Kabocha plant milk wins sixth international award
Hawke's Bay-produced squash-based milk a hit in Asia.
Dramatic drop in pipfruit crop estimate
Hawke’s Bay’s expected crop down 15% on pre-season estimates.
Video tells HB regen success story
Video presents John Kamp's impressive regen dairy farming results.
KAMP FARMS SHOW REGENERATIVE DAIRY FARMING BENEFITS
KAMP FARMS SHOW REGENERATIVE DAIRY FARMING BENEFITS
Farm input costs pinch profits
High export prices are not necessarily translating into high farm profits.
Trust's take on Gov't Emissions Reduction Plan
We are disappointed the Gov't ERP broke no new ground regarding regenerative agriculture practices.
Healthier soils absorb and hold more water
HB Future Farming trustee and soil scientist Phil Schofield recently completed for HBRC a desktop analysis of worldwide research on the capacity of healthier soils to absorb and hold rainwater.
Giving the soil an MRI
Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US have developed a new method for measuring carbon stored in the soil by plants and microbes, without taking soil samples.
What bioacoustics can tell us about soil health
Soil biologists will tell you that the ground beneath our feet is home to more life, with more diversity than almost any other place on earth. One cup of dirt can yield up to 100 million life forms.
Almonds feasible for HB?
A $100,000 study is underway in Hawke's Bay to investigate the feasibility of a New Zealand almond industry.
Horticultural Hub boosted in Wairoa
Rex Graham, the former chair of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is pleased to see further progress in developing the horticultural potential of Wairoa, particularly on Maori land.
Wool pillows ... invented in CHB
Maven of the wool industry Philippa Wright has been blown away by the success of her new business venture, Wright Wool Pillows.
War hits fertiliser prices, local supplies OK
With Russia, a major exporter of fertilizer, stopping its exports, global prices and supplies are suffering.
Impressive Lincoln Dairy Farm results
Hawke’s Bay doesn’t have heaps of dairying, but the operators we do have should be impressed with these environmental and productivity improvements at LUDF.
Future Whenua Summit
You are invited to the Future Whenua Summit at Mangarara Station, CHB, 25th to 27th of March. This gathering will shine a light on progressive concepts about the future of land use and growing food.
Adapting farming to climate change
We know Kiwi farmers are wary of advice coming from overseas, but here’s an intelligent interview with the director of the Purdue University Climate Change Research Center, located in America’s farmin
Napier Port on track to manage seasonal peak
Napier Port is on track to manage the region’s seasonal peak, and so far it is managing its Covid-19 response very well.
Farming soil carbon field day - Patoka
Learn results from dairy farmer John Kamp's regenerative practices.
Tim Aitken joins Trust Board
Tim Aitken, much awarded CHB farmer, District councillor and current chair of Horse of the Year HB, has joined the HB Future Farming Trust Board.
Farming for a Successful Future
The Trust is pleased to be a sponsor of ‘Farming for a Successful Future’, an all-day workshop on sustainable farming organised by Farm Nutrient Advisory, Ltd.
Presentations on building more productive soil and soil carbon
The Hawke’s Bay Future Farming Trust is sponsoring three presentations offering an introduction to alternative pasture and grazing systems that can regenerate better soils and build soil carbon on your farm.
Dave France appointed Project Manager for HB Future Farming Trust
The Trustees are pleased to announce that Dave France has come aboard as project manager to shepherd a number of key project proposals toward Government funding.
MPI's Regenerative Agriculture white paper
Gwen Grelet and Sam Lang have prepared an extensive white paper for MPI -- Regenerative agriculture in Aotearoa New Zealand -- research pathways to build science-based evidence and national narratives
Rodale Soil Carbon White Paper
If carbon sequestration rates attained by exemplary cases were achieved on crop and pastureland across the globe, regenerative agriculture would sequester more than our current annual carbon
CHB Mail publishes on grazing workshop
The 10 Sep CHB Mail published a full account of Siobhan Griffin's ‘Next Level Grazing’ workshop, which HB Future Farming Trust sponsored (alongside another in Sherenden).
Regenerative Grazing Presentations – Hawke’s Bay -- Aug 24-25, 2020
Sponsored by the Hawke’s Bay Future Farming Trust. Take your grazing practices to the next level. Achieve more pasture growth and better soils. Siobhan Griffin of ‘Next Level Grazing’ will be making a
Carbon-neutral dairy farming isn’t just sustainable, it’s more profitable too
Prem Maan from Southern Pastures [As written for The Spinoff, 21 May 2020] The Covid-19 crisis has shown us what can be achieved in New Zealand if we work towards a common goal rather than wholly directed by self-interest.
A message on the Hawke's Bay drought from Trustee and CHB farmer Will Foley
Farming in the summer dry environment is not new to Hawke’s Bay, but this year is unprecedented in the severity and length of the drought. I know firsthand the stress our farmers and their farming sys