Funds for next stage of Food Innovation Hub very welcome

Press Release – Hastings District Council

The creation of the Hawkes Bay Food Innovation Hub is a step closer after a $215,000 grant from central governments Provincial Growth Fund was announced today. Read more »

Foreign farm buyer applications withdrawn triple in a year

Article – BusinessDesk

Foreign farm buyer applications withdrawn in the past 12 months have tripled, OIO figures show Read more »

Community raises $8,000 to help Marton students

Press Release – Young Farmers

Attending the AgriKidsNZ Grand Final in Invercargill next month will have special significance for Marton mother Hayley Grant. Read more »

Report Provides Zero Carbon Solution

Press Release – Joint Press Release

A report to the Productivity Commission is recommending bold action to eliminate tillage or ploughing within the next five to 10 years and replace it with low disturbance no-tillage. Read more »

Tukituki Farm Plans get sorted

Press Release – Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Hawkes Bay Regional Council is getting a great response from the remaining landowners working to complete farm plans for their Tukituki catchment properties. Regulation Manager Liz Lambert is very pleased with the contact coming back from non-compliant … Read more »

Fonterra seeking more details over Beingmate licensing issue

Article – BusinessDesk

June 20 (BusinessDesk) – Fonterra Cooperative Group wants more information from its Chinese partner Beingmate Baby & Child Food amid reports the infant formula firm didn’t make sure product sourced from another supplier met its licensing conditions. Read more »

NZ organic sector worth $600M, exports leading growth

Article – BusinessDesk

June 20 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s organic sector has grown 30 percent over the past two years to an estimated value of $600 million, led by a 42 percent jump in organic exports, according to the latest market report published today. Read more »

New Zealand Organic Market Report 2018

Press Release – Organics Aotearoa New Zealand

New Zealand Organic Market Report 2018 The New Zealand organic sector has grown 30 per cent since 2015 to now be worth $600 million per year, buoyed by consumer demand here and globally. Read more »

Zero Carbon Bill – Expert Reaction

Press Release – Science Media Centre

The Government’s proposed Zero Carbon Bill lays out how they plan totransition New Zealand to a low-emissioneconomy by 2050. Read more »

Rural Market: Steady Volumes at End of Season

Press Release – Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were 71 fewer farm sales (-13.8%) for the three months ended May 2018 than for the three months ended May 2017. Overall, there were 443 farm sales in the three months ended … Read more »

Clampdown on foreign farm buyers scares off investors

Article – BusinessDesk

Clampdown on foreign farm buyers scares off investors with ‘tens of millions’ in funds, agents say Read more »

Price of ‘healthy food basket’ continues to rise

Press Release – University of Otago

The cost of buying healthy food in a weekly supermarket shop continues to grow, the latest New Zealand Food Cost Survey carried out by the University of Otago shows. Read more »

Peters pins $2B-plus ‘losses’ to NZ on Fonterra

Article – BusinessDesk

June 18 (BusinessDesk) – Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters doubled down on last week’s New Zealand First party attacks on the performance and leadership of Fonterra, saying the country’s largest business was costing the economy more than $2 billion … Read more »

Innovative students solve challenges

Press Release – GrowingNZ

What: Dozens of Year 10 and 11 secondary school students are set to compete in a fast-paced event that invites them to solve a series of challenges facing New Zealands primary sectors. Read more »

Government needs to rethink Landcorp

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to shrink their ownership of farms through Landcorp and use them to give young Kiwi farmers the opportunity to lease and ultimately own some of these farms, National Party spokesperson for Agriculture Nathan Guy says. Read more »

DOC changing its service to exporters

Press Release – Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is making a change to a service it provides to businesses exporting deer and other animal products. Read more »

Nitrogen-reducing plantain recognised with Fieldays Award

Press Release – HMC Communications

A plantain that started life as a common weed has been recognised for its contribution to the future of farming with an Innovation Award from Fieldays. Read more »

Climate change discussion ‘direction of travel’ is positive

Press Release – Federated Farmers

The National Partys five principles on which it will base emission reduction policies, including science-based and taking into account economic impact, are spot on, Federated Farmers says. Read more »

Tourist levy allocation is the key, says Feds

Press Release – Federated Farmers

How and where the new levy on international tourists is allocated will be the key to its worth, Federated Farmers says. Read more »

Sheep and beef farmers working with nature to create profit

Press Release – growfarm

New Zealand agriculture is facing increasing pressure to change how it operates and lower its environmental footprint, with the mantra produce more for less thrown around regularly. Read more »

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