NZ’s first certified Cicerone to judge craft beers

Press Release – New Zealand Food Awards

New Zealands first certified Cicerone to judge craft beers at NZ Food Awards Due to high demand, entries for the New Zealand Food Awards have been extended until July 14 The New Zealand Food Awards 2017 is proud to announce Josh Scott, New Zealands … Read more »

Myrtle rust update – Wednesday 21 June 2017

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Incident Controller David Yard says there has been no significant change to the spread of myrtle rust, but work continues to control the fungus. Read more »

Myrtle Rust: Plant Movement Must Stop

Press Release – The Tree Council Inc

The Tree Council is calling for the Ministry for Primary Industries to use its powers under the Biosecurity Act and implement a temporary ban on all plant movement across New Zealand to prevent the spread of Myrtle Rust. Read more »

New funding takes the fight to myrtle rust

Press Release – Plant And Food Research

Plant & Food Research and Scion have been successful in the latest round of MBIEs Catalyst Strategic Fund with a project addressing the threat of myrtle rust to New Zealand. Read more »

Farm Sale Volumes Steady Overall, Prices Variable

Press Release – REINZ

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were 25 more farm sales (+5.1%) for the three months ended May 2017 than for the three months ended May 2016. Overall, there were 514 farm sales in the three months … Read more »

Creating a life outside the wire in horticulture

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

Horticulture New Zealand national seasonal labour coordinator Jerf van Beek today told a breakfast function in Wellington, hosted by Corrections Minister Louise Upston and the Corrections Department, about the rewards of helping former offenders into … Read more »

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce Hosts ExportNZ Event

Press Release – Export NZ

This is a great opportunity to meet and hear the market access team from MPI, NZTE and MFAT. There will be plenty of time for Q & A for you to be able to ask market access questions and fill any knowledge gaps. Read more »

Launch of Māori Kiwifruit Growers Forum an industry first

Press Release – Maori Kiwifruit Growers Forum

The Mori Kiwifruit Growers Forum was officially launched yesterday in Tauranga, representing a first for the kiwifruit industry. Read more »

Plenty to celebrate for Zespri at Mystery Creek

Press Release – Zespri

Plenty to celebrate for Zespri at Mystery Creek June 14, 2017 Kiwifruits growing importance to the rural economy is being celebrated at Fieldays 2017 at Mystery Creek this week, together with the 20-year anniversary of the Zespri brand. The kiwifruit … Read more »

NZ food prices rise at fastest annual pace in six years

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ food prices rise at fastest annual pace in six years as vege prices soar Read more »

Fieldays an opportunity for careers advice

Press Release – New Zealand Government

More than 500 students will be offered advice on careers in the primary industries as they pass through the Careers and Education Hub at Fieldays this week. Read more »

Rural Kiwis – check coverage at this year’s Fieldays

Press Release – Vodafone

Thousands of rural Kiwis are within reach of better broadband and Vodafone is on a mission to end their buffering blues at this years Fieldays. Read more »

Vegetable prices up 31 percent in year to May

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Higher lettuce prices helped push vegetable prices up a record 31 percent in the year to May 2017, Stats NZ said today. Overall, food prices increased 3.1 percent in the year. Read more »

Government response to firearms select committee report

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Police Minister Paula Bennett has today responded to the Law and Order Select Committee report on issues relating to the illegal possession of firearms. Read more »

ACT unveils rural platform at Fieldays

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour will present ACTs rural platform for the 2017 election at Fieldays today. Read more »

Cracking mānuka’s genetic code to mitigate myrtle rust

Press Release – Plant and Food Research

A nationwide science project that sequenced the mnuka genome and is now exploring its genetic diversity may be instrumental in protecting the indigenous plant from the fungal disease myrtle rust. Read more »

GMO Potatoes Are A Threat To Public Health

Press Release – GE Free New Zealand

Allowing GE potatoes into the food chain in New Zealand would be a mistake and threaten public health. For the first time a GMO version of a staple foodnot just oils derived from GE crops, is set to be signed off by authorities. Read more »

Australian soil ecologist Zero N campaign

Press Release – AgriSea New Zealand Ltd

An international authority on soil health and profitable farming systems is calling for non-biased government funded research. Read more »

Hunter Downs Water Ltd given requiring authority status

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Minister for the Environment Dr Nick Smith has granted Hunter Downs Water Limited requiring authority status to develop and operate the Hunter Downs Irrigation Scheme in South Canterbury. Read more »

Organic Businesses Call on the Government to Regulate

Press Release – Organics Aotearoa New Zealand

Some of the countrys largest organic businesses have just hosted MPs in Hawkes Bay, calling on the Government to regulate the organic sector and provide a national standard to protect the word organic. Read more »

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