Entries close soon for 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Awards

Press Release – Enviroment Canterbury

Entries close on 1 October to be considered for an award at the 2015 Canterbury Region Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA). Read more »

Working group focused on clear advice

Press Release – DairyNZ

The industry-led working group looking at the issues with swedes affecting dairy cattle in Southland says a key priority will be developing clear and agreed advice for farmers. Read more »

Potential biocontrol agents settling into containment

Press Release – Landcare Research

Scientists at Landcare Research are investigating two small European insects as potential bio-control agents against the pest plant Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum). Read more »

Berry company OOB wins ice-cream contracts in China

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 16 (BusinessDesk) – Berry company OOB has sealed two deals with Shanghai-based companies to sell its organic ice-cream. Read more »

Pumpkin power to fore at Hollard gardens

Press Release – Taranaki Regional Council

Budding young pumpkin growers are promised the time of their lives at Hollard Gardens, Kaponga, on Sunday (21 September). Read more »

Questions Raised Over Cow Deaths

Press Release – GE Free NZ

The death of 200 cows after eating a new variety of PGG Wrightsons HT swedes [1] is a disaster for New Zealand farmers. Read more »

Vigilance required with Winter Brassica Feeding

Press Release – PGG Wrightson

Southland farmers are being advised to keep a close watch on cows that have been grazing or are grazing on swede crops after reports of illness, and in some cases death, on dairy farms. Read more »

Awards Help Hort Newbies Climb Steep Learning Curve

Press Release – Ballance Farm Environment Awards

Horticultural newcomers Patrick and Rebecca Malley say entering the Northland Ballance Farm Environment Awards was a great way to build knowledge. Read more »

Putting a spring in production

Press Release – Waikato Regional Council

Spring is a key time when it comes to fertilising pasture and farmers need to take a considered approach to help protect the environment and their bottom line profits. Read more »

Food prices rise 0.3 percent in August

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Food prices rose 0.3 percent in August 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. This rise follows a 0.7 percent fall in July and a 1.4 percent rise in June. Read more »

Turners & Growers enters Chilean JV to grow grapes

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 11 (BusinessDesk) – Turners & Growers, the fruit marketer majority owned by Germany’s BayWa, has entered a joint venture with Unifrutti Chile to grow and export Peruvian grapes. Read more »

Study of South American Agriculture Good Reading

Press Release – Farm Environment Trust

A report produced by Gordon Stephenson trophy-winners Craige and Roz Mackenzie gives a fascinating insight into South American agriculture, says Simon Saunders, acting chair of the NZ Farm Environment (NZFE) Trust. Read more »

Greens misguided – fencing, planting will not solve nitrates

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

Riparian fencing and planting are not the total solution to nitrate run off, said ACT Rural Spokesman Don Nicolson. Read more »

Coasters nervous about a dry start to spring

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Nervous West Coast farmers are hoping meteorologists are right that a rainmaker is close at hand, with no more than 1 millilitre (mls) falling at Westport over the past 23 days. Read more »

Important season for black-grass eradication

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

With the second season of black-grass operations about to begin, continued vigilance this spring and summer will be crucial to stop the noxious weed from establishing in Mid-Canterbury, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Read more »

Dry spells take hold in South Island

Press Release – NIWA

Many areas in the South Island are tracking towards record dry spells as relatively warm, dry weather that began in mid-August continues. A dry spell is defined as a period of 15 days or more with less than 1mm of rain on any one day. Read more »

Important season for black-grass eradication

Press Release – Joint Press Release

With the second season of black-grass operations about to begin, continued vigilance this spring and summer will be crucial to stop the noxious weed from establishing in Mid-Canterbury, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Read more »

Hemp biofuel key to Environmental Policy

Press Release – Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

It is the only party with a policy that can replace most petroleum products with biofuel, produced locally. Read more »

Spring into good health with 5+ A Day

Press Release – 5 Plus A Day

Springs wide selection of vibrant produce makes it easy for Kiwis to create healthy, tasty and affordable meals. Read more »

GNS Science Report on Waimarino Plains Water Issues

Press Release – Ruapehu District Council

Ruapehu District Council (RDC) is seeking feedback on an Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS Science) report that reviews the options for future water supply in the Waimarino. Read more »

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