Views Sought on Growing Food in the Red Zone

Press Release – Edible Canterbury

The Food Resilience Network is hosting a public consultation session on options for growing food in the Christchurch Residential Red Zone. The session will be held this Sunday, 2 August, 11am-3pm in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre. Read more »

Summary – Survey of Cereal Areas and Volumes

Press Release – Foundation for Arable Research

The objective of this AIMI survey of growers was to determine, as at July 1, 2015: Read more »

Fears of Massive Foreign Farm Buy-up

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Foreigners will be lining up to snap up New Zealand farms as highly indebted dairy farmers are forced off the land, says New Zealand First. Its already happening in Australia and, as we saw on TVNZs Sunday , farmers are going broke while foreigners … Read more »

Annual fruit exports hit $2 billion for first time

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The annual value of fruit exports reached an all-time high of $2 billion in the year ended June 2015, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

Tractor purchases slow after bumper 2014 sales

Press Release – Ideas Shop

Tractor sales dropped by 17% in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period last year but show indications of a strong recovery over the long term, according to the Tractor and Machinery Association (TAMA). Read more »

NZ onion growers look to better season after export slide

Article – BusinessDesk

July 27 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand onion growers are optimistic about a better season for the countrys largest fresh vegetable export after suffering a 16 percent decline in the past year as poor weather affected yields and returns were hit by … Read more »

Changes to Health and Safety Reform Bill are sensible

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers believe the two month delay in the Select Committee reporting back the Health and Safety Reform Bill to Parliament has led to improvements for the farming industry. Read more »

President’s address to the Agcarm Annual Conference

Press Release – Agcarm

To protect and enhance the health of crops and animals through innovation and responsible use of quality products. Read more »

Role for Farmers in Global Health Challenge

Press Release – Tru-Test Group

Farmers can do their bit to help combat antibiotic resistance in our national dairy herd. A close eye on individual animals, a committed focus on infection prevention and excellent in-shed practice are three things farmers can do now to help manage … Read more »

Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that … Read more »

Comvita forecasts 35% boost to annual earnings

Article – BusinessDesk

July 23 (BusinessDesk) – Comvita, the maker of health products based on manuka honey, has forecast a 35 percent gain in annual earnings and has signalled the exit of its chief executive Brett Hewlett at its annual shareholders meeting. Read more »

EPA approves change to PredaSTOP baits control

Press Release – Environmental Protection Agency

An Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Decision-making Committee has approved an application to change one of the controls on two PredaSTOP baits. PredaSTOP is the commercial name for PAPP (para-aminopropiophenone) Paste A and PAPP Paste Ready-to-use … Read more »

Zespri Annual Meeting reports on strong season

Press Release – Zespri

An excellent 2014/15 season with increased volumes, good grower returns and strong growth to come that was the message at Zespris Annual Meeting held today. Read more »

International potato industry expert praises NZ research

Press Release – Potatoes New Zealand

International potato industry expert Professor Gary Secor has praised New Zealands world-leading research, during a visit to speak at the Potatoes New Zealand Inc annual conference. Read more »

All Farmers Urged To Enter Farm Environment Competition

Press Release – Ballance Farm Environment awards

Facilitated by the New Zealand Farm Environment (NZFE) Trust, the awards promote best-practice land management by showcasing the work of people farming in a way that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. Read more »

Growing economy is needed to support a healthy environment

Press Release – Local Government NZ

Local government sector hears how a growing economy is needed to support a healthy environment Read more »

Farmers get online survey option

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Farmers get online survey option Farmers are for the first time this month completing their annual Agricultural Production Survey online. Every year Statistics New Zealand surveys about 30,000 farmers about their land, livestock and crops, and farming practices. … Read more »

Move aside for cider – global beverage markets make room

Press Release – Rabobank

Impressive growth in the demand for cider in the global markets has put it squarely back on the beverage alcohol map, attracting a younger, more affluent consumer, says agribanking specialist, Rabobank. Read more »

Expert’s visit fruition of relationship cultivation

Press Release – Lincoln University

Experts visit fruition of relationship cultivation Feijoas and Kiwifruit have been on the menu as Lincoln hosted a plant specialist recently to initiate closer working ties around food production with a Chinese province of 90 million people. … Read more »

Soil maps lead way to better farming

Press Release – Lincoln University

Soil maps lead way to better farming Producing detailed soil maps of New Zealand farms could help improve food production across the country, as well as reduce nitrate leaching, a Lincoln University report suggests. A group of Lincoln students recently … Read more »

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