Waikato scientists uncovering the secrets of mānuka trees

Press Release – University of Waikato

The results of a University of Waikato study surveying the flowers of mnuka trees around the North Island has been published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Read more »

New Coolstores Under Construction In Te Puke

Press Release – Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd

$3.5 million worth of new coolstore space is being built in Te Puke as Trevelyans Pack and Cool Ltd prepare to handle a record kiwifruit crop from orchardists who are putting the Psa crisis behind them. Read more »

PGG Wrightson looks to beat operating earnings in 2015

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 21 (BusinessDesk) – PGG Wrightson, the rural services firm controlled by China’s Agria Corp, expects to shrug off falling dairy prices and beat its strongest earnings result in several years in 2015 after a strong first quarter. Read more »

ESR Reports No Help to Gastro Bug Investigation

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

Horticulture New Zealand is not surprised the ESR reports released today into the recent outbreak of Yersinia pseudo tuberculosis do little to fur ther the discovery of the source of the illness. Read more »

‘Devil’s tongue’ lilies put on smelly double-act

Press Release – Wellington City Council

Two devils tongue lilies are making their evil presence felt by flowering together and doubling the stench of rotting meat in the Wellington Botanic Gardens Begonia House. Read more »

Source of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis outbreak unconfirmed

Press Release – United Fresh

MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release 16 October 2014 Source of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis outbreak remains unconfirmed Read more »

Rural Property Market Prepares For Spring

Press Release – REINZ

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were five more farm sales (+1.5%) for the three months ended September 2014 than for the three months ended September 2013. Overall, there were 347 farm sales in … Read more »

Rabobank Agribusiness Monthly – October 2014

Press Release – Rabobank

The Agribusiness Monthly provides timely information and analysis on agricultural conditions, commodity price updates and commentary on the latest sectoral trends and developments. Read more »

Media Release – Collaboration Delivers Planting Event

Press Release – NZ Landcare Trust

Collaboration was the key ingredient in a planting event that took place in Northland in September, where NZ Landcare Trust, local councils, a farmer and members of the local community all pulled together. While this planting work was part of the Trust’s … Read more »

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis – update 10/10/2014

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

Some foods have been consumed by a significant proportion of those who have become ill. However they are foods that are also regularly consumed by people who are not ill. There is no single food that has been consumed by 100% of the cases. Read more »

Rural Contractors question machinery and parts costs

Press Release – Rural Contractors NZ

Rural Contractors New Zealand is questioning the high cost of machinery and parts that contractors and farmers are currently paying. RCNZ President, Steve Levet says with the falling forecast milk price for the coming season dairy farmers are going … Read more »

Fresh Appeal eyes the skies for fruity snacks

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 10 (BusinessDesk) – Fresh Appeal, a privately owned company which is commercialising technology to preserve cut fruit, is expanding into airline catering in the expectation it will provide a substantial new source of revenue. Read more »

Sex drive may be moth’s downfall, trial backers hope

Press Release – Northland Regional Council

A scented bread-tie like device which spurs male moths to hunt a non-existent female mate until they literally die from exhaustion is being trialled in Whangarei in a joint bid to better protect backyard fruit and nuts from guava moth infestation. Read more »

Kiwifruit Claim Seeking Questions From Growers

Press Release – The Kiwifruit Claim

The Kiwifruit Claim is seeking questions from growers and says it will answer them all within two working days. Read more »

NZ horticultural science helps Kenyan avocado farmers

Press Release – Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research has recently completed the first year of a 5-year project, funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, working with small scale avocado growers in Kenya alongside New Zealand company, Olivado. Read more »

Farmer interviews a key part of swedes study

Press Release – DairyNZ

DairyNZ will be starting a programme of farmer interviews in Southland next week in an effort to build a detailed picture of what has caused the issue with cows dying and becoming ill from eating swedes in the region this season. Read more »

Kenyan farmers benefit from aid programme and Kiwi know-how

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 9 (BusinessDesk) – Twelve hundred smallholder avocado farmers in the central highlands of Kenya are benefiting from a five-year aid project involving Plant & Food Research and edible oils company Olivado. Read more »

Mental health pressures on rural communities intensifying

Press Release – Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand

Members of the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHNZ) have identified mental health and wellbeing outcomes as one of the major disparities between people in rural and urban communities. Read more »

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis – update 9/10/14

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

There is a total of 124 confirmed cases and 18 presumptive (suspected but yet to confirmed) nationwide. A total of 38 people have been hospitalised. Read more »

Rook Control Starting Later Than Usual

Press Release – Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Hawkes Bay Regional Councils strategic rook control programme gets underway this month. This year the control work is starting later than usual as rooks have been nesting later this season. Rook control would normally be well underway across … Read more »

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