Government Should Pull Plug on Billion Dollar Dam

Press Release – Greenpeace New Zealand

The government should pull the plug on the controversial Ruataniwha irrigation scheme in Hawkes Bay, as costs look set to soar towards the billion dollar mark, Greenpeace says today. Read more »

Focus on forages is key to sustainable farm profits

Press Release – Joint Media Statement

Pastoral farming is a huge earner for New Zealand worth over $23 billion in export revenues last year. Forages the grasses and other plants grazed by farm animals – are a critical part of pastoral farming systems. Industry participants consider … Read more »

Highest Quality Apples For Several Years

Press Release – Bostock New Zealand

New Zealands largest organic apple grower is harvesting some of the best quality fruit its experienced for years – thanks to near perfect growing and harvesting conditions. Read more »

Seasonal celebration full of family fun

Press Release – Taranaki Regional Council

Hollard Gardens at Kaponga will be abuzz on Sunday (17 April) as its annual Country Fair marks the autumn harvest in traditional celebratory style. Read more »

Submissions open on change to insecticide application method

Press Release – Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for submissions on an application from DuPont Limited to extend the use of the insecticide Exirel to allow aerial application. Exirel is an insecticide containing the active ingredient cyantraniliprole. It was … Read more »

Natural Health & Supplementary Products Bill

Press Release – Health Freedom NZ

The Natural Health and Supplementary Products Bill now only needs tohave its final reading and it becomes law, which is expected to take effect around June 2016. Read more »

Zespri may need to ditch or repackage 1.7M kiwifruit

Article – BusinessDesk

April 8 (BusinessDesk) – Kiwifruit marketer Zespri International says it may need to ditch or repackage 1.7 million trays of kiwifruit it has put on precautionary hold after it was potentially affected by an oil leak in packaging. Read more »

Precautionary hold placed on 1.7 mln kiwifruit trays

Article – BusinessDesk

April 8 (BusinessDesk) – Kiwifruit marketer Zespri has put a precautionary hold on 1.7 million trays of kiwifruit potentially affected by an oil leak in the packaging. Read more »

Two new irrigation champions recognised

Press Release – Irrigation NZ

Two New Zealand irrigation champions have been recognised with the awarding of the Ron Cocks Memorial Award to South Canterburys Robin Murphy and Central Otagos Tony Banks. Read more »

Fieldays 2016 launch addresses collaboration in industry

Press Release – National Fieldays

With only 70 days to go till the gates open on the Southern Hemispheres largest ag event, NZ National Agricultural Fieldays 2016 officially launched this morning with a function at Mystery Creek to celebrate collaboration in industry, centring … Read more »

Top Dairy Operation Wins Supreme Title

Press Release – Farm Environment Trust

A well-managed dairy and forestry farm owned by Parininihi ki Waitotara (PKW) is the Supreme winner of the 2016 Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Read more »

Keep sharing the load by talking about it

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

No matter which branch of farming you are in, you will face tough times, says Nelson farmer and Horticulture NZ President Julian Raine. When that happens, dont be too proud to ask for help. Read more »

$895,000 in funding for Marlborough irrigation scheme

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed new funding of $895,000 for the Flaxbourne Community Irrigation Scheme in Marlborough. Read more »

More SunGold licence at start of 2016 kiwifruit season

Press Release – Zespri

At the start of what is set to be a record-breaking 2016 season, Zespri is positioning itself for the future by announcing the release of a further 400 hectares of its gold kiwifruit variety SunGold this year. Read more »

Farmers urged to report velvetleaf

Press Release – Horizons Regional Council

Farmers who have fodder beet crop are being asked to keep an eye out for one of the worlds worst cropping weeds. Read more »

Early autumn a peak period for horticulture injuries

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

Theres last of the summerfruit to be harvested, Royal Gala picking getting underway, beans, courgettes and peppers bursting out all over the place and everyones tired bringing a heightened risk of accidents in growing operations. Read more »

Troutfishing Lobby Backs River Protection Calls

Press Release – New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers

A national trout fishing advocacy, the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers, has backed calls by the Tourism Industry, the Environmental Defence Society and Department of Conservation to safeguard public rivers. Read more »

Community planting big success

Press Release – Gisborne District Council

Community planting big success The new vegetation planted on Titirangi, Kaiti Hill last year is firmly taking root and can be considered a big success in revitalising the reserve. Read more »

Applications for leading farm business management program

Press Release – Rabobank

Applications are open for the 2016 Rabobank Executive Development Program, tailored for progressive farmers to develop and enhance their business management skills. Read more »

Funding for irrigation unlocks potential

Press Release – Irrigation NZ

Irrigation New Zealand applauds the latest announcement by Government sighting three more grants by the Irrigation Acceleration Fund $804,000 for the Wairarapa Water Use Project, $575,000 for Ruataniwha (Hawkes Bay) and $250,000 for Gisbornes … Read more »

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