MPI aims to wrap up PGP review by end of April

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 15 (BusinessDesk) – The government’s review of the Primary Growth Partnership is underway, with the first phase due to be wrapped up by late January and the second by the end of April, with one programme partner providing feedback and ideas to date. Read more »

Rook threatening cropping and horticulture in Taranaki

Press Release – Taranaki Regional Council

Taranaki Regional Council is urging the public to report potential sightings of a large black glossy bird called a rook. It is slightly larger than a magpie, with a harsh call. The public should contact Taranaki Regional Council – 0800 736 222 … Read more »

2018 Set To Be A Year Of Growth For Taratahi

Press Release – Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre

Taratahis efforts to attract new students has paid off with solid enrolments for 2018. Read more »

Butter prices drop almost 5 percent in December

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Butter, chocolate bars, and wholemeal bread prices all fell in December, Stats NZ said today. Tomatoes and nectarines were also cheaper, but avocado prices remain almost twice as expensive as they were a year ago. Read more »

Mycoplasma bovis testing to be extended nationwide from Feb

Press Release – BusinessDesk

Jan. 12 (BusinessDesk) – The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and its dairy industry partners will extend the Mycoplasma bovis milk testing underway in Canterbury, Otago and Southland into a national milk surveillance programme from February. Read more »

PGG Wrightson’s Independent directors to keep tabs on Agria

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 12 (BusinessDesk) – PGG Wrighston’s independent directors have reconvened a committee to monitor the Overseas Investment Office’s review of controlling shareholder Agria Corp’s ‘good character’ status. Read more »

Feds’ Hoggard urges farmers to pay backpackers regular rates

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 11 (BusinessDesk) – Federated Farmers vice-president Andrew Hoggard says farmers should pay backpackers market rates if they want to keep a handy pool of casual labour and avoid volunteer workers. Read more »

Organic farm exploits ‘thousands’ of travellers

Press Release – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

An organic farm near Christchurch was ruled to have breached the rights of workers it said were volunteers by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA), following an Inspectorate investigation. Read more »

OIO investigates Agria’s ‘Good Character’ status

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 10 (BusinessDesk) – The Overseas Investment Office is investigating the “good character” status of China’s Agria Corp, PGG Wrightson largest shareholder, after the company was formally delisted from the New York Stock Exchange early last … Read more »

Councils ignore expert reports on irrigation impacts

Press Release – Forest And Bird

At least two North Island regional councils appear to have ignored their own reports showing farms run within environmental limits return better results than those dependent on irrigation schemes. One report, commissioned by Hawkes Bay Regional Council ( … Read more »

New Nutrient Management Tool for Reducing Nitrogen Leaching

Press Release – Plant Research

PLANT RESEARCH (NZ) LTD IN COLLABORATION WITH GRASSLANZ TECHNOLOGY HAVE DEVELOPED A UNIQUE NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT TOOL IN THE FORM OF A WINTER ACTIVE TRITICALE VARIETY NAMED WINTERMAX. Nutrient losses to waterways can occur from rainwater either moving … Read more »

Healthy Rivers; Plan Change 1 – Who are the Stakeholders?

Press Release – Primary Land Users Group

Healthy Rivers; Plan Change 1 Who are the Stakeholders? There has been much said and written about the Healthy Rivers project undertaken by the Waikato Regional Council (WRC) and the proposed plan change (PC1). Read more »

Vigilance needed to prevent further spread of Mycoplasma

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

National Party Spokesperson for Biosecurity Barbara Kuriger is calling on farmers to be vigilant in light of recent Mycoplasma Bovis incursions to help prevent the spread of the disease. Read more »

Ag Minister extends drought classification to Grey, Buller

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 10 (BusinessDesk) – Agriculture and Rural Minister Damien O’Connor has added the Grey and Buller districts on the South Island’s West Coast to the medium-scale drought declared in the lower North Island last month. Read more »

Drought classification extends to Grey and Buller

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien OConnor has extended the medium-scale adverse event classification to the drought-hit Grey and Buller districts of the South Islands West Coast. These are the first South Island additions to … Read more »

MPI says Ashburton farm infected with Mycoplasma bovis

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 9 (BusinessDesk) – The Ministry for Primary Industries says the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is present on a farm in the Ashburton area, bringing the total number of infected properties to 14, and says it is testing 30 other farms … Read more »

Tests confirm Mycoplasma bovis on Ashburton farm

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

Tests confirm cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis on Ashburton farm The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is present on a farm in the Ashburton area. The Ministrys response incident controller … Read more »

MyFarm sees dairy farm investments waning

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 9 (BusinessDesk) – MyFarm Investments, New Zealand’s largest rural investment syndicator, is moving its focus away from its dairy farming origins and expects future growth to come from smaller overlooked investments such as fruit. Read more »

Farmers recall Jim Anderton’s effectiveness

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Farmers will remember Jim Anderton as a pragmatist who got things done, Federated Farmers President Katie Milne says. Read more »

Taranaki Local Wins Poultry Industry Trainee of the Year

Press Release – Poultry Industry Assn

Henry Miles is a busy young man who is about to become even busier. Next month, the 21-year-old New Plymouth resident, who is currently Assistant Manager of a Tegel meat chicken farm, will step up to manage a large new free-range farm which will … Read more »

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