The importance of ‘nutrient efficiency’

Column – Waikato Regional Council

Winter and early spring are when nutrients whether introduced as fertiliser or produced by stock – are most at risk of getting lost from farms. Read more »

Turners & Growers 1H profit falls 39%, one-off events blamed

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 7 (BusinessDesk) – Turners & Growers, the fruit marketer controlled by Germany’s BayWa, reported a 39 percent drop in first-half earnings, saying profitability had been hurt by a series of one-off events including a supply shortage. Read more »

Guy: Pipfruit New Zealand’s annual conference

Speech – New Zealand Government

Today I want to say a few words about my portfolio, and on some of the big challenges and opportunities facing your industry. Read more »

Labour attacks rural NZ, continues anti-jobs agenda

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Amy Adams says Labours water tax is a pointed attack on rural New Zealand and small businesses that operate there. Labour is suggesting that rural New Zealand should pay taxes that no other New Zealander has to pay and … Read more »

United front on yellow bristle grass

Press Release – Taranaki Regional Council

Key agencies and organisations in Taranaki are pooling their efforts to confront the threat to agriculture posed by yellow bristle grass (YBG). Read more »

Our five regional finalists have been found

Press Release – Young Viticulturist of the Year

It has taken 6 weeks, in four winegrowing regions, with over 45 budding viticulturists applying and now we are down to our five regional finalists that will compete in the Grand Final of the Young Viticulturist of the Year 2014. Read more »

Spray season begins for kiwifruit growers

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

The spray season for kiwifruit growers starts this month, and Bay of Plenty Regional Council is working with the industry to minimise spray drift. Read more »

Sharp pruning tips for home gardeners

Press Release – Taranaki Regional Council

Top techniques for winter pruning will be covered at a free public workshop at Tupare in New Plymouth on Sunday (10 August). Aimed at the home gardener, the workshop will particularly focus on pruning ornamental shrubs and climbers such as hydrangeas and … Read more »

Massey researcher cultivates plans for Mäori gardens

Press Release – Massey University

Cultivating indigenous knowledge along with good health by reviving traditional Mori communal mra kai (food gardens) is the longterm vision of a Massey University planning researcher. Read more »

China Forum Opportunity for NZ Export Double Strategy

Press Release – Organic Systems Ltd

Media Release Friday 31 July 2014 For immediate release China Forum Offers Pivotal Opportunity for NZ Export Double Strategy Read more »

Taupo nitrogen monitoring deed approved

Press Release – Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council has today agreed to adopt and sign a deed for the long-term monitoring of the world-leading Lake Taupo Protection Project. Read more »

Ballance delivers record breaking performance

Press Release – Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Rural sector confidence has translated into record revenue and sales volumes for farm nutrient co-operative Ballance Agri-Nutrients, leading to a record $78.9 million distribution to shareholders. Read more »

New model predicts pasture response to nitrogen

Press Release – Ballance Agri-Nutrients

A new model that can more accurately predict pasture responses to nitrogen is now available for farmers throughout the country. Read more »

Future of horticulture industry looks bright

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

One of New Zealands top young vegetable growing talents will go head-to-head next month for the title of Young Grower of the Year 2014. Read more »

New Zealand Lifestyle Blocks: Planners Sprawl in Overdrive

Press Release – Hugh Pavletich

It seems there is a massive boom in ultra-low density urban development, commonly referred to as lifestyle blocks, if The New Zealand Herald article by Nikki Preston Ride-ons cut new figures in auctions is any guide. Ms Preston reports Read more »

UPDATE: Scales shares edge lower on NZX debut

Article – BusinessDesk

UPDATE: Scales shares edge lower on NZX debut raising $30M of new capital to repay debt Read more »

Scales shares edge up 0.6% on NZX debut

Article – BusinessDesk

July 25 (BusinessDesk) – Shares in Scales Corp increased 0.6 percent on their NZX debut in the fruit and vegetables logistics company’s $148 million initial public offer. Read more »

Address to Zespri AGM

Speech – New Zealand Government

Zespri Chairman Peter McBride, CEO Lain Jager, my ministerial colleague Todd McLay, Todd Muller, our candidate for the Bay of Plenty well known to all of you because of his close involvement with your industry ladies and gentlemen. Read more »

Outstanding Success at LA Competition

Press Release – Olives New Zealand

New Zealands Outstanding Success at the 2014 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition Read more »

Masport Earns The Trust Of New Zealanders For A Third Year!

Press Release – Masport

2012, 2013 and now 2014 Masport has earned the trust of Kiwis once more by proudly scooping up the 2014 Readers Digest Most Trusted brand award in the Gardening Equipment category. Read more »

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