Labour Shortage Big Concern for Hawke’s Bay Apple Growers

Press Release – ATTN

A labour shortage across Hawkes Bay is causing major concerns for Bostock New Zealand Apple Orchard Managers. The Hawkes Bay grower and New Zealands largest exporter of organic apples, held its annual open day this morning to attract workers … Read more »

Valentine’s Day – Kiwi growers a better pick

Press Release – NZ Flower Growers

Love is in the air as Valentines Day approaches, but its buyer beware when it comes to choosing a longer-lasting, pesticide-free bloom. Picking from a Kiwi rose grower instead of the influx of imported bouquets could make all the difference … Read more »

Champions of the Forage Value Index

Press Release – Agriseeds

Champions of the Forage Value Index February 11: DairyNZ has recently released its latest rankings for the Forage Value Index (FVI), the independent, region specific, profit-based index for short-term and perennial ryegrass cultivars. For the first … Read more »

BNZ invests in Figured– farm accounting software

Press Release – BNZ

BNZ today announced it will make a cornerstone 17% investment in cloud-based farm accounting software provider, Figured Limited. Read more »

Great farmer turnout at effluent field day

Press Release – Waikato Regional Council

Great farmer turnout at effluent field day A fantastic Reporoa and Waikite dairy farmer turnout at a recent effluent management field day is a sign of the sectors commitment to doing the right thing by the environment, says organiser Jon Palmer. … Read more »

Zespri and T&G’s collaboration an example for all industry

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 5 (BusinessDesk) – Horticulture New Zealand says the memorandum of understanding signed today between former foes Zespri and T&G Global is an example of how the horticultural industry will achieve a planned doubling in value by 2020. Read more »

World’s largest fruit trade show shines spotlight

Press Release – Plant and Food Research

Worlds largest fruit trade show shines spotlight on Kiwi ingenuity. Auckland, New Zealand, February 5, 2016 – The worlds fresh produce industry is gathering in Berlin this February to showcase its wares as well as discussing global trends … Read more »

Changes to rural subdivision and land use rules proposed

Press Release – Tasman District Council

The Tasman District Council is planning to change some of the rules that apply to rural land to better protect the Districts best productive land, while also offering greater flexibility for landowners. Read more »

Nutrient Management and Waitaki Plan Change to be notified

Press Release – Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury announced today that it would notify the Nutrient Management and Waitaki Plan Change, Plan Change 5 to the Land & Water Regional Plan, for public submissions on 13 February 2016. Submissions close on 11 March. Read more »

Horticulture Welcomes TPP Signing

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

New Zealands peak body for commercial fruit and vegetable growers, Horticulture New Zealand, has welcomed the official New Zealand signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement today. Horticulture is New Zealands fourth largest export earner, sending … Read more »

Further Heretaunga groundwater science investigated

Press Release – Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Hawkes Bay Regional Planning Committee wants to see further investigations undertaken into the costs and benefits of a deep aquifer drilling programme for the Heretaunga Plains. Read more »

Federated Farmers welcomes TPP signing

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers welcomes today’s signing in Auckland of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as a significant milestone for the New Zealand economy and a positive deal for the agriculture sector. Read more »

Herbicide approved to control broadleaf weed in maize

Press Release – Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved an application from ETEC Crop Solutions Limited to import the herbicide Cadet, for use to control broadleaf weed in maize crops. Cadet contains fluthiacet-methyl, an active ingredient that … Read more »

Central Districts Field Days celebrates

Press Release – Fairfax Media

The annual Central Districts Field Days, the largest regional field days in the country, is back in 2016 with the latest farming trends, agricultural developments and rural innovation. In March, more than 550 displays of the latest and greatest in agriculture … Read more »

No further Tau flies have been found

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

A single Tau fly was found in a surveillance trap in Manurewa on Thursday 21 January. MPI is now focused on finding if there are any further flies present in the area. A network of lure traps are in place and if any flies are present, the traps will … Read more »

Weevils to wage war on weed

Press Release – Landcare Research

Hundreds of Chilean weevils will be released over the coming weeks to control the widespread weed Darwins barberry. Around 100 Darwins barberry seed weevils were released for the first time in New Zealand in March last year. Landcare Research … Read more »

Orchards to be registered for use of bulk pesticides

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Orchard owners across the Bay of Plenty are being contacted by the Regional Council this week about their property being added to the Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL) register. They join more than 3000 kiwifruit orchards already registered … Read more »

HortNZ Watches Tau Fly Detection Closely

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

Horticulture New Zealand is closely monitoring the response to the detection of a single male Tau Fly in Manurewa, Auckland. This fly is not considered to be as economically threatening to New Zealand horticulture as the Queensland Fruit Fly. … Read more »

Waipa catchment abuzz with opportunity

Press Release – Waikato Regional Council

Landowners in two erosion-prone Waipa River catchments are being alerted to a buzzing new opportunity to both protect their land and earn extra cash by helping produce prestige manuka honey. Read more »

Nubiotics’ Trevor Lock charged with $1 mln fraud by SFO

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 14 (BusinessDesk) – Nubiotics and Nu-Brands principal Trevor Lock has appeared in court charged with running a dairy and honey business that generated $1 million dollars by defrauding customers. Read more »

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