Confusion over safety as quad bike toll rises

Press Release – James Cook University

New research from James Cook University reveals farmers are confused about quad bike safety, while most manufacturers are resistant to adding safety features to their bikes. Read more »

Smell of success: insect pests avoid boosted pasture grasses

Press Release – Lincoln University

A recent study from the Bio-Protection Research Centre has shown for the first time that pasture grasses containing beneficial microorganisms are less attractive to soil-dwelling insect pests. Read more »

CORRECT: Zespri says kiwifruit growers facing record returns

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 17 (BusinessDesk) – Zespri International, the grower-owned kiwifruit marketing company, said it expects record per-hectare returns for green and green organic kiwifruit this season following supply constraints, favourable market conditions and strong … Read more »

Kiwifruit growers facing record pre-hectare returns: Zespri

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 17 (BusinessDesk) – Zespri International, the grower-owned kiwifruit marketing company, said it expects record per-hectare returns for green and green organic kiwifruit this season following supply constraints, favourable market conditions and strong … Read more »

Zespri forecasts record grower returns for 2014/15 season

Press Release – Zespri

Record per-hectare returns for Green and Organic Green are forecast this season as a combination of supply constraint, favourable market conditions and strong end-of-season sales leads to increased Zespri grower returns across all categories. Per-hectare … Read more »

Scales affirms 2015 earnings guidance for $20.8 mln profit

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 17 (BusinessDesk) – Scales Corp, the fruit and vegetables logistics company, affirmed its earnings guidance for 2015 with growth tipped across all of its units. Read more »

Water Shortage Direction renewed: Opihi River & tributaries

Press Release – Environment Canterbury

A second Water Shortage Direction for the Opihi River and its tributaries which includes the Opuha River and Lake Opuha will come into force from Tuesday December 16 for a term of 14 days. Read more »

Wear helmets on quad bikes – they’re part of the job

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

A farming couple from Canvastown near Blenheim have been fined $20,000 each for offences involving the use of quad bikes on the farm where they have a share-milking partnership. Read more »

NZ dairy herd rises to record 6.7M as sheep flock falls

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ dairy herd rises to record 6.7M as sheep flock falls to 29.6M Read more »

Hawke’s Bay economy gets major boost from fruit innovation

Press Release – Havelock North Fruit Company

Havelock North Fruit Company has announced new investment and a major facility expansion and to meet global demand for its award winning Rockit apple brand. Read more »

Flower buyers get short-changed

Press Release – NZ Flower Growers

The New Zealand Flower Growers Association (NZFGA) wants imported flowers to be labelled as imports so consumers can make an informed choice about whether to buy them. Read more »

Record returns for Class 2 kiwifruit into Australia

Press Release – Seeka Kiwifruit Industries

Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Ltd (NZX:SEK) has delivered record returns to growers from its SeekaFresh programmes, primarily into Australia, the company said today. Read more »

Leading farm automation businesses to merge

Press Release – LIC

LIC is merging its farm automation and milking sensor businesses to deliver more integrated technology and meet demand from farmers. Read more »

NIWA’s Hotspot Watch 12/12/14

Press Release – NIWA

For the North Island, soils continue to be much drier than normal (refer to figure below) for this time of year along eastern portions of the island. In particular, soil moistures in Whangarei, Kaipara, eastern Waikato, the Bay of Plenty as well … Read more »

Use precious water resources wisely

Press Release – Waikato Regional Council

Using limited water resources wisely helps protect the health of waterways and ecosystems, as well as helping ensure the regions economic health. Read more »

Environmental NGOs have big win on Tukituki Case

Press Release – Environmental Defence Society

The High Court has found substantially in favour of the environmental groups that lodged appeals relating to the proposed Ruataniwha Irrigation Dam in Hawkes Bay. Read more »

Submissions called for biopesticide application

Press Release – Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on an application for release of the biopesticide Blossom Protect. Read more »

Agreement heralds Fiji’s inclusion in RSE scheme

Press Release – Immigration NZ

An agreement has been signed today by the head of Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and his Fijian counterpart setting out the arrangements for Fijis inclusion in New Zealands successful seasonal worker scheme. Read more »

Over 200 cannabis plants seized and 11 people arrested

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Wellington Police have today dismantled a well organised commercial cannabis cultivation and distribution network operating in the Wellington and Whanganui areas that has been responsible for the sale of hundreds of thousands of dollars of cannabis over … Read more »

Rural water restrictions introduced

Press Release – Nelson City Council

Despite yesterdays rain, Nelson City Council has been forced to impose water shortage directions under Section 329 of the Resource Management Act 1991, for those taking water directly from streams and wells in the following catchment areas: Read more »

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