Further support for struggling farmers

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Drought stricken farmers in the Lower North Island and South Islands West Coast will have access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) Acting Social Development Minister Peeni Henare has announced. The drought across Taranaki, western parts of Manawatu-Whanganui … Read more »

Community support for a GE-Free Waikato

Press Release – SOIL and HEALTH Assn of NZ

The Soil & Health Association is encouraging the Waikato District Council to adopt precautionary provisions in the Waikato District Plan for any genetically engineered organisms that may be trialed or commercially produced. Read more »

Bod Australia signs deal to produce hemp-based mānuka honey

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 18 (BusinessDesk) – ASX-listed Bod Australia has signed an agreement with mnuka honey producer Manuka Pharma to produce a hemp-based honey product line. Read more »

NZ commodity prices fall in December while stronger kiwi cut

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 17 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand commodity prices dropped again in December while the stronger kiwi dollar eroded export receipts for primary producers. Read more »

HortNZ says drought threatens food supply

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

HortNZ says drought threatens food supply Water is vital for plants and trees to grow and New Zealand needs to better mitigate droughts that threaten our domestic supply of fresh fruit and vegetables, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike … Read more »

UC biotechnologist creates new biodegradable crop coating

Press Release – University of Canterbury

UC biotechnologist creates new biodegradable coating to protect crops A novel system for protecting plants from pests, infection and adverse weather has been awarded one of the top prizes in the University of Canterburys (UC) Tech Jumpstart competition. … Read more »

CropLogic hires telco exec David de Cuevas as CEO

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 15 (BusinessDesk) – CropLogic has hired former telecommunications executive David de Cuevas as chief operating officer, who will lead the ASX-listed Kiwi agritech firm’s US expansion. Read more »

NZ food prices slip in December as fruit, veges in season

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 15 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand food prices eased on the month in December as fresh produce came into season but were still higher on the year as dairy, fruit and vegetable prices continued to pressure people’s wallets. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Food Security v Healthy Rivers

Press Release – Primary Land Users Group

In late 2016 the Waikato Regional Council (WRC) introduced their proposed Plan Change (PC1) under the Healthy Rivers Strategy. Read more »

MyFarm $13M Rockit apple investment offer closes

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 27 (BusinessDesk) – MyFarm Investments, which pools funds for rural investment, said its $13 million offer for growing miniature Rockit snack apples closed oversubscribed. Read more »

Licensed hemp grower’s crop stolen by Police

Press Release – Hikurangi Hemp

A licensed hemp grower on the East Coast has had his trial hemp crop stolen by Police. Read more »

Dry Weather Leads to Marlborough Water-Take Restrictions

Press Release – Marlborough District Council

As the dry, hot weather continues, low flow in many of Marlboroughs streams and rivers has led to early irrigation restrictions for some users. As such, the Marlborough District Council reminds consent holders to comply with their water take consents … Read more »

Govt closely watching dry conditions

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hon Damien OConnor Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities 20 December 2017 MEDIA STATEMENT Govt closely watching dry conditions Farmers and growers in very dry regions around the country are urged to make plans to get through a summer … Read more »

East Coast medical cannabis producers welcome govt bill

Press Release – Hikurangi Hemp

An East Coast company developing medical cannabis products is excited about new legislation announced by the Government. Read more »

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