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TPP provides advantages for agricultural producers

Major gains are in store for Australian agriculture producers in the world’s largest regional trade agreement with Australian farmers set to gain major new market access for agricultural products according to the federal government. Source: Timberbiz Minister for Agriculture and Water
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Timber cluster needs rail to provide solution

Fears have been expressed that a plan to create a NZ$7.4 million wood processing “cluster” to boost economic development here could be stifled if the Gisborne-Napier railway line is not re-opened in the next five years. Source: The Gisborne Herald Eastland Community Trust approved the
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NZ Forester of the Year

In recognition of his contribution to the forestry sector, Dr Brian Richardson, Scion’s General Manager Forest Science, was recently presented with the New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) Forester of the Year Award. Source: Scion “The announcement came as a complete shock,” Dr Ri
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Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers begins limited production

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers’ (KIPT) Timber Creek timber mill near Parndana, Australia, has begun limited operations, treating local pine thinnings to produce fence posts for sale on the Island. Source: Lesprom Local contactor Brett Haggett has an agreement with KIPT to un
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AFPA joins National Farmers’ Federation

The Australian Forest Products Association has joined the National Farmers’ Federation as a commodity member. Source: The Land AFPA is a national industry body representing the timber growing, sawmilling, other wood processing, and pulp and paper industries, including plantations and
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VAFI says government should not abandon recycled paper

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) is urging the Federal Government to reconsider its decision to abandon a policy to use 100% recycled paper in its offices. Source: Timberbiz VAFI CEO Tim Johnston said that under the policy, that had been in place for five years, a
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Picture perfect timber

Photographer Tyson Haslam has an interesting hobby: he takes vintage cameras and gives them a new look by replacing the rubber grips and various other panels with wooden veneers. Source: Petapixel, photo courtesy Tyson Haslam Unlike photographer Patrick Ng’s wooden-styled Canon F-1n,
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China International Forest Products Fair

The 8th China Yiwu International Forest Products Fair, coorganized by the State Forestry Administration of China and the government of Zhejiang province, will be held at the Yiwu International Expo Center on November 1-4 in 2015. Source: PR Wire This year is the seventh consecutive ye
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Remote controlled felling

New Zealand’s first remote-controlled forest-harvesting machine will help ensure the safety of forestry crews working on steep land. Sources: The New Zealand Herald, The Northern Advocate That was the verdict of Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy after he saw the machine in
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Agreement signed between NZ and Solomon Islands

An agreement has been signed by the Solomon Islands Sawn Timber Industry and New Zealand Imported Tropical Timber that signifies a step towards reducing illegal timber imports. Source: Solomon Island Broadcasting Corporation Pacific Periscope reports under the agreement, the Solomon I
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