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Wood Matters

PF Olsen Supports Young Farmer Competition

The 2015 Young Farmer Contest Grand Final was held in Taupo in early July and the Agri-Skills Challenge this year included a "Farm Forestry" section co-ordinated by local members of the NZ Farm Forestry Association.

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Log Market - June

As forecast last month, export log prices turned upward in June after three months of significant falls.

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Clarky's Comment - May, Land Use Change

Land is one of the cornerstones of wealth generation in both New Zealand and Australia. The flexibility to change land use in response to market signals has been historically important in both countries.

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Log Market - May

The downturn in the export log market gained momentum in May with NZ$ at-wharf-gate prices plunging $12-$17/JAS m³ for unpruned grades and pruned dropping on average $10. Domestic pruned was strongly sought after and had an average price gain of $4/tonne.

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Afforestation Grant Scheme

Last week Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew confirmed details of the revised Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS), administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

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Radiata pine spans many uses

Last summer the family and I (Wood Matters Ed) at last took on the Timber Trail after hearing many people "rave" about it. This is one of mountain bike trails in the Rail Trails NZ series. Located mostly in the Pureora Forest Park just north-west of Lake Taupo, this 85km mountain bike trail is rated grade 3 for the first 40km and grade 2 for the last 45km.

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