Spray fast to capture soil moisture, farmers urged

Press Release – Agriseeds

Spray fast to capture soil moisture, farmers urged January 8: North Canterbury farmers keen to hoard every drop of soil moisture after the first proper rain in 18 months should spray run out paddocks with herbicide as soon they get a weed strike. That … Read more »

Farm Environment Awards Founder Leaves Lasting Legacy

Press Release – Farm Environment Trust

Farm Environment Awards Founder Leaves Lasting Legacy The passing of Farm Environment Awards founder Gordon Stephenson is a huge loss for New Zealand agriculture, Simon Saunders, chairman of the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust (NZFET), says. Read more »

El Nino seen abating

Article – BusinessDesk

El Nino seen abating but NZ primary sector not out of the woods given size of event Read more »

Poll shows farmers expect more tough times in 2016

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Many farmers have weathered difficult conditions in 2015 and the majority see no relief coming in the New Year, according to a poll conducted by Federated Farmers. Read more »

Poll shows 83% satisfaction with Key Government in 2015

Press Release – Federated Farmers

A poll from Federated Farmers shows 83% satisfaction with the performance of the National-led government among the countrys farmers. Read more »

Kiwifruit industry to benefit from new strategic alliance

Press Release – Te Tumu Paeroa

New corporate shareholders for Opotiki Packing and Coolstorage Limited (OPAC) provide the company with a strategic advantage in the growing Eastern Bay of Plenty kiwifruit industry. Te Tumu Paeroa – the new Mori Trustee, and Quayside Holdings Limited … Read more »

Maori Trustee, Quayside buy stakes in Opotiki Packing

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 19 (BusinessDesk) – Opotiki Packing and Coolstorage shareholders have approved a capital raising plan that includes the Maori Trustee, Te Tumu Paeroa, and Bay of Plenty Regional Councils investment arm each taking a 10.1 percent stake in the … Read more »

Seeka acquires a new head office site

Press Release – Seeka Kiwifruit Industries

Seeka acquires a new head office site on land currently occupied by Kiwi360 Te Puke, December 18 – Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Ltd [NZX:SEK] has announced a series of property transactions. These include the acquisition of land currently leased by … Read more »

Too early to tell Nelson’s hail damage to apples

Press Release – Pipfruit New Zealand

The apple industry will need at least a week to assess the cost of damage to Nelson growers hit by hail, Pipfruit New Zealand chief executive Alan Pollard said today. Read more »

Growers door knocking today to thank Grey Lynn residents

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

Fruit and vegetable grower representatives will beat the feet across Grey Lynn today to thank more than 300 households for helping save New Zealands $6 billion industry from the Queensland Fruit Fly. New Zealand was officially declared Queensland Fruit … Read more »

Push on for irrigation design companies to become accredited

Press Release – Irrigation NZ

IrrigationNZ says farmers need to put pressure on irrigation design companies to become accredited as its the only way they can be assured future on-farm irrigation developments will meet stringent environmental requirements and high-performance … Read more »

Farmers urged to keep children safe this summer

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

With the school holidays upon us, its a good time to focus on keeping kids safe on farms. Summer holidays on the farm are a special kiwi experience. WorkSafes Agriculture Programme Manager, Al McCone, says kids can continue this great tradition … Read more »

HYEFU Reveals Crown’s PSA-v Liability Risk

Press Release – The Kiwifruit Claim

The governments latest Half-Year Economic & Fiscal Update (HYEFU) records for the first time that it may be in the gun for over $250 million of damages for the havoc caused by the introduction of kiwifruit killing vine disease Psa-v, the … Read more »

CORRECT: NZ dairy exports to surge by 2017 after weaker 2016

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 15 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand dairy exports are forecast to surge in 2017, after falling in the current year when gains in meat, wool, forestry, seafood and horticultural products are expected to drive a 5.3 percent increase in the value … Read more »

RBNZ says 2%-14% of dairy loans may default

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 15 (BusinessDesk) – The Reserve Bank has estimated the cash-flow shortfall for the average dairy farmer is likely to be more than $1 per kilogram of milk solids this season and that banks could see defaults on between 2 and 14 percent of dairy … Read more »

EPA approves release of moth plant rust fungus

Press Release – Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved an application to release the moth plant rust fungus Puccinia araujiae to help control the moth plant weed ( Araujia hortorum ). Read more »

NZ dairy exports to surge by 2017 after weaker 2016

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 15 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s primary sector exports may rise 5.3 percent in the year to June 30, 2016, as gains in meat, wool, forestry, seafood and horticultural products make up for a drop in the value of dairy products, the Ministry for Primary … Read more »

Strong outlook for primary sector exports

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) expects meat and wool, horticulture and forestry export revenues will support New Zealand’s primary sector export growth to 2017, and help offset the recent year’s fall in the dairy sector. Read more »

Strain in fifth Hepatitis A case confirmed

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

Results from testing have now confirmed that the fifth person, who recently contracted Hepatitis A, as reported last week, has the same strain of the virus as the other four people who fell sick with Hepatitis A in late October and early November this … Read more »

OnSide and Jade Software

Press Release – OnSide

Jade Software has welcomed the announcement that OnSide, a new health and safety system for farmers, will launch next year. Read more »

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