Budget 2015: Funding boost for Irrigation Acceleration Fund

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Budget 2015: Funding boost for Irrigation Acceleration Fund Irrigation projects will receive a kick-start of $25 million in operating funding for five years from 2016/17 through the Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF), Primary Industries Minister … Read more »

Apple Fields’ directors fined $30,000 over filing omissions

Article – BusinessDesk

May 25 (BusinessDesk) – Justin Prain and Mark Schroeder, directors of the formerly NZX-listed Apple Fields, have been fined $30,000 each for failing to file financial statements for three years. Read more »

Blenheim the place to be in June for Ag contractors

Press Release – Rural Contractors NZ

Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) is encouraging all of its members and any others interested in the agricultural contracting sector to attend its annual conference being held in Blenheim later next month. Read more »

Comvita lifts annual profit 28 percent, beating expectations

Article – BusinessDesk

May 22 (BusinessDesk) – Comvita, the Te Puke-based maker of health products based on manuka honey, boosted annual profit 28 percent, beating expectations as tourism to New Zealand helped drive sales. Read more »

Zespri doubles FY profit on deferred revenues, sales jump

Article – BusinessDesk

May 21 (BusinessDesk) – Zespri International, which controls exports of New Zealand kiwifruit, more than doubled annual profit after it recognised deferred revenue from prior seasons, while lifting sales 16 percent on productivity gains and a shortage … Read more »

Supreme winners open their gates

Press Release – Horizons Regional Council

Environmental farm award winners for the Horizons Region opened their gates and shared their secrets with other farmers last week. Read more »

Marketer of the Year Award 2015: Winner Announced

Press Release – PMA Australia-New Zealand

Produce Plus and PMA Australia-New Zealand are pleased to announce Harris Farm Markets as the winner of the PMA-Produce Plus Marketer of the Award 2015 for its Imperfect Picks ugly fruit marketing campaign. Harris Farm Markets marketing team, … Read more »

Kiwifruit industry set for strong growth

Press Release – Zespri

The kiwifruit industry came together to thank the Government for its support with efforts to manage the bacterial disease Psa, when the Prime Minister John Key visited Zespris Mt Maunganui office this afternoon. Zespri chairman Peter McBride says … Read more »

Vote for Beetroot!

Press Release – LeaderBrand

Vote for Beetroot! Kiwi Veggie Brand Lobbies for Beetroot to Become NZS Official National Veg LeaderBrand, one of the countrys largest producers of fresh vegetables, is lobbying for beetroot to be officially declared the National Vegetable of New … Read more »

Rural Equities accepts Webster takeover offer for Tandou

Article – BusinessDesk

May 13 (BusinessDesk) – Rural Equities, the farming group majority-owned by the Cushing family, will sell its 6.4 percent stake in ASX-listed Tandou into a takeover offer from Australian agricultural and water company Webster. Read more »

Court decision allows councils to have a say on GE crops

Press Release – Green Party

Court decision allows councils to have a say on GE crops in their backyards The Environment Courts decision to allow regional councils to have a say in the use of genetically modified organisms gives communities an extra level of protection from GE crops entering … Read more »

Kiwifruit orchards to be registered for spray use

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is registering kiwifruit orchards across the region on its Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL) database. Read more »

STIHL Ramps up Chainsaw Safety Campaign

Press Release – STIHL Shop

STIHL Chainsaw Safety Awareness Week returns this May to make some noise about tackling New Zealands high accident statistics. Read more »

Government invests in Primary Industry Research Centres

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is pleased to see two of the countrys top research institutes second application for Government funding under the CoREs (Centre of Research Excellence) has been successful. Read more »

Pacific Seeds appoint Canterbury Company for NZ distribution

Press Release – Carr Elders Group

Pacific Seeds, part of the Australian owned Advanta Seeds Group has awarded Canterbury Seed Company (Canterbury Seed) its New Zealand distribution rights effective 1 June, 2015. Read more »

Seeka reports second consecutive year of top returns

Press Release – Seeka Kiwifruit Industries

Tauranga, May 5 – Seeka Kiwfruit Industries has reported its second consecutive year of well above industry average Orchard Gate Returns (OGR) for its avocado growers. Read more »

MPI updates fees and charges

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

MPI updates fees and charges On 1 July 2015, updated fees and changes to the way the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recovers costs for its services from businesses and industries will come into effect. Changes and updated fees are a result of a … Read more »

New Zealand Produces World Record Breaking Crop

Press Release – The PR Shop

Timaru-based farmers, Warren and Joy Darling have entered the renowned book of Guinness World Records, after producing the worlds largest crop of barley breaking a 25 year record. Read more »

Gold Kiwifruit Exports to Australia up; Green Consistent

Press Release – KPG

TAURANGA, Thursday 30 April 2015: The export of New Zealand kiwifruit to Australia has begun and is showing signs of the recovery of GOLD Kiwifruit from Psa. Read more »

MPs welcome progress in cutting agricultural greenhouse gas

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have welcomed news of a breakthrough by New Zealand researchers which offers the potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions from sheep and cattle by 30 to 90 percent … Read more »

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