South Island Wool Prices Firm

Press Release – NZWSI Weekly Wool Market Report

New Zealand Wool Services International Limiteds C.E.O, Mr John Dawson reports that a slightly weaker New Zealand dollar and a wider range of better styled wools this week saw the market well supported in some sectors. Read more »

Feds disappointed at latest velvetleaf confirmation

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is disappointed to learn that a fourth line of fodder beet seed has been confirmed as being contaminated with velvetleaf. Read more »

Genetically engineered crops are safe

Press Release – Science Media Centre

Genetically engineered crops are safe, but new regulations are needed as the definition of GE organisms becomes blurred, say US academies. Read more »

Greenpeace Response to MPI’s Multi-Million Dollar Hand-Out

Press Release – Greenpeace New Zealand

Responding to news today that the Ministry for Primary Industries will hand over millions of dollars to a controversial Canterbury industrial irrigation scheme, Genevieve Toop, Greenpeaces agriculture campaigner, said: Read more »

Change in responsibilities for Crown irrigation bodies

Press Release – New Zealand Government

A change in responsibilities for the Governments irrigation programmes will help streamline and speed up water storage projects, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today. Read more »

Central Plains schemes receive government support

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

Government support for the Central Plains Water (CPW) Scheme was announced today by the Ministry for Primary Industries during a visit to the scheme by Minister Nathan Guy. Read more »

New irrigation investments for Canterbury

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed three new investments totalling $7.85 million into irrigation projects in Canterbury from the Ministry for Primary Industries Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF). Read more »

New Zealand Apple Industry the most competitive in the World

Press Release – Pipfruit New Zealand

New Zealands $700 million apple industry has again been named the worlds most competitive performer. Read more »

NZ producer input, output prices drop in first quarter

Article – BusinessDesk

May 18 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand producer input and output prices fell in the first quarter, mainly driven by lower fuel prices and weaker output prices for sheep, beef, grain and dairy farmers. Read more »

Otago’s Big Dry Has More Farmers Applying Lime Fertilisers

Press Release – Hatuma

The big dry in Otago has more hill country farmers turning to lime-based fertilisers to remedy the pH levels in their soils. Read more »

Summit to Consider Farming Within Environmental Limits

Press Release – NZ Landcare Trust

The 2016 New Zealand Primary Industry Summit will once again provide farm and business leaders with the opportunity to consider sustainability and environmental issues. Read more »

Māori land report shows potential in Northland

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Mori land owners in Northland have promising options for developing their land, according to a report commissioned by the Ministry for Primary Industries, Te Rnanga–Iwi-O-Ngpuhi and the Far North District Council. Read more »

NZ primary sector needs story to sell globally

Article – BusinessDesk

May 17 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand needs to develop a new primary sector story to help sell its products to the world, says Mike Petersen, New Zealands special agricultural trade envoy. Read more »

Fonterra shareholders to vote on governance changes

Article – BusinessDesk

May 17 (BusinessDesk) – Fonterra Cooperative Group’s farmer shareholders will vote next month on whether to accept governance changes to trim the board by two directors and install a new selection process. Read more »

Livestock Improvement flags proposal to split into two

Press Release – BusinessDesk

May 16 (BusinessDesk) – Livestock Improvement Corp, the farmer-owned cooperative that focuses on dairy herd genetics, farm software and automation, has proposed splitting into two businesses and allowing outside shareholders to invest for the first time. Read more »

Feds warns resource management proposals won’t deliver

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers told the select committee considering the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill today (Monday May 16, 2016) that current proposals will reduce the opportunity for public input, reduce opportunity for local decision making, and increase … Read more »

Onion Industry Strategy Delivering Increased Export Earnings

Press Release – Onions New Zealand

Onions New Zealand Inc says with 75% of this seasons crop shipped, the industry is pleased with the direction its heading in. Read more »

Federated Farmers Challenged Over Tb-free Rort

Press Release – Farmers Against Ten Eighty

A New Zealand-based farmers organisation Farmers Against Ten-Eighty, opposed to the use of 1080 poison, has challenged Federated Farmers NZ to explain its support for TbfreeNZ Ltd for its policy of aerially blanket spreading the poison. Read more »

Inspiring Entrepreneurship in New Zealand’s top Young Farmer

Press Release – New Zealand Young Farmers

The top seven Young Farmers in the country gathered at Massey University this week to go through a two day entrepreneurial workshop to learn more about the challenge that lies ahead. That challenge being the FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest. Read more »

Accurate fertiliser spreading could save millions

Press Release – Fertiliser Quality Council

A research study, commissioned by the New Zealand Fertiliser Quality Council (FQC), estimates that New Zealand agriculture could save tens of millions of dollars in lost production and wasted fertiliser every year. Read more »

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