HBRC: Summer Climate Briefings get underway

Press Release – Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Summer Climate Briefings get underway This first of five planned summer climate briefings will be held at the Hawkes Bay Regional Council Chambers on Friday 27 October 2017. The briefings, run by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council, are open … Read more »

Backing for policy on housing’s threat to food

Press Release – NZ Food and Grocery Council

The NZ Food & Grocery Council backs the call from Horticulture NZ for a national food security policy focused on the threat to food production from urban sprawl. Read more »

Zespri lifts forecast for 2018 tray returns

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) – Zespri Group, the country’s statutory kiwifruit exporter, raised its forecast for tray returns across all varieties in the 2018 financial year and is accelerating licensing for its SunGold fruit on growing demand for the sweeter … Read more »

Comvita lifts earnings outlook on ‘grey market’ recovery

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 18 (BusinessDesk) – Comvita raised its 2018 earnings outlook after a solid recovery of the so-called “grey channel” into China and significant North American sales, chief executive Scott Coulter said in a presentation for the annual general … Read more »

Fruit & Vegetables to become Unaffordable

Press Release – Primary Land Users Group

Vegetable prices have risen a record 31 per cent in the past year, according to Statistics New Zealand. Read more »

$40,000 MPI funding to get high value ginseng exporting

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

A South Waikato ginseng producer is ready to approach potential investors to increase its production and exports with the help of funding of up to $40,000 from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Read more »

2017 New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards

Press Release – Olives New Zealand

Winners in New Zealands most prestigious competition for olive oil were announced last night at a formal dinner held in Wellington. The New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Awards are run by Olives New Zealand, the national organisation for olive oil growers. Read more »

MPI ordered to release details of insurance arrangements

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 13 (BusinessDesk) – The Ministry for Primary Industries has been ordered to release details of insurance arrangements it holds for a legal claim against it by a group of kiwifruit growers over the Psa outbreak which devastated the industry … Read more »

Alarm Bells Ring Over GE Potato Decision

Press Release – GE Free Northland

Alarm Bells Ring Over GE Potato Decision by Aussie Dominated Food Regulatory Body GE-Free Northland is appalled but not surprised by the latest deeply flawed decision by Food Standards Australia NZ, in which the agency approved an American application … Read more »

Last chance for free DDT Muster

Press Release – 3R Group

Farmers are being urged to check sheds and chemical stores for DDT or other banned pesticides as The Great DDT Muster does a final sweep of the country. Read more »

Simon Paterson Wins Ballance Farm Environment Award

Press Release – Ballance Farm Environment awards

Entering the Ballance Farm Environment Awards was a positive experience from start to finish for Otago finalist Simon Paterson. Read more »

IROs Garner Endeavour Funding for Leading Research

Press Release – IRANZ

A number of Independent Research Organisations (IRO), offering research from the impact of household products on New Zealands aquatic ecosystems to developing nitrogen-fixing trees and grasses for our forestry and pastoral industries, have … Read more »

Jager says banks ‘supported’ growers during PSA crisis

Article – BusinessDesk

Jager says banks ‘supported’ growers during PSA crisis, ‘got good PR’ from Zespri as a result Read more »

Kiwifruit Industry Has Not Fully Recovered After PSA

Press Release – The Kiwifruit Claim

Kiwifruit Industry Has Not Fully Recovered After PSA Kiwifruit Claim chairman, John Cameron is concerned that people believe that the kiwifruit industry has fully recovered from the deadly Psa disease that devastated the industry in 2010. We consider … Read more »

Standards Approval Ignores Possible Dangers Of GE Potatoes

Press Release – GE Free NZ

Food Standards Approval Ignores Possible Dangers Of GE Potatoes. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), a trans-Tasman regulatory body, has approved 6 lines of GE potatoes (A1139) carrying genes from viruses and bacteria to stop discoloration and alter … Read more »

Harvest kicks off for Zespri in Italy

Press Release – Zespri

Kiwifruit harvest is in full swing in Italy this week with European SunGold volumes expected to increase by around one-quarter to 5 million trays as more of the recently-grafted vines reach full production. Read more »

Get to know the Growers of New Zealand

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

Global interest in the story behind healthy, fresh food has inspired Horticulture New Zealand to start an Instagram page where people can better get to know the fruit and vegetable growers of New Zealand, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike … Read more »

Kiwifruit Exports Rise in August Overseas Merchandise Trade

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Kiwifruit exports rose $73 million in August 2017 to reach $268 million, up 37 percent on the same month last year, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

NZ Farmer Confidence Down from Record High, but Still Robust

Press Release – Rabobank

Net rural confidence remains at elevated levels, but has fallen from the record high of last quarter. Read more »

Rural Market Waits for Spring Sunshine

Press Release – REINZ

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were 82 fewer farm sales (-20.9%) for the three months ended August 2017 than for the three months ended August 2016. Overall, there were 311 farm sales in the three months … Read more »

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