Investigation into pesticide a positive move for bee health

Press Release – Green Party

The Green Party welcomes a report by the Local Government and Environment Select Committee calling for the Government to review a pesticide that has been partially banned overseas and may be responsible for bee deaths. Read more »

Kiwifruit Insiders Special Privileges Project

Press Release – Independent Kiwifruit Growers Association

Last week IKGA members received a copy of the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project ( KISP) Pre Referendum Explanation document which has had IKGA committee members telephones running hot. Read more »

Sow pastures early; don’t wait for rain

Press Release – Agriseeds

February 16: New research confirms its better to sow treated pasture seed early in dry autumns instead of waiting for rain before planting. Read more »

A message to gardeners wanting the perfect lawn

Press Release – Agcarm

Home gardeners attending to pesky weeds in their lawns need to be mindful of what they are spraying them with, especially when composting lawn clippings. Read more »

NIWA’s Hotspot Watch 16/2/15

Press Release – NIWA

For the North Island, soil moisture levels remain much drier than normal for this time of year for most of the island. Areas of severely to extremely drier than normal soil moisture persist in the Waikato, southern Taranaki, Wellington, Wairarapa, Hawkes … Read more »

Sun and summer for the Cricket World Cup

Press Release – MetService

A ridge of high pressure covers New Zealand for much of the week ahead however, a weakening front will make its way northwards over the country towards Friday, followed by another ridge of high pressure. Read more »

Timaru farmer attempts barley world record

Press Release – Exclusive Grain Group

The Exclusive Grain Group today announced a Timaru farmer has attempted the Guinness World Record (GWR) for the highest barley yield. The world record attempt took place on Friday 23 January with a yield of 13.8 metric tonnes per hectare with the Blackman … Read more »

Industry Leaders Join Farm Environment Trust

Press Release – Farm Environment Trust

The two new trustees appointed to the New Zealand Farm Environment (NZFE) Trust bring plenty of experience and enthusiasm to the table. Read more »

Stopbank guidelines a first for NZ

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has published a Stopbank Design and Construction Guidelines document that is understood to be a first for New Zealand. Read more »

ANZ extends assistance for farmers affected by Big Dry

Press Release – ANZ Bank

ANZ is extending its assistance package to farmers anywhere in New Zealand affected by extreme dry conditions. Read more »

Drought declared on NZ’s South Island east coast

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 12 (BusinessDesk) – The government has declared drought conditions on the east coast of the South Island, triggering a range of support measures, and said the tax department will invoke income equalisation rules that give farmers more flexibility … Read more »

Chard Farm Winery celebrates 25 years on the farm

Press Release – Southern PR

Chard Farm Winery celebrates 25 years on the farm Central Otagos Chard Farm Winery is celebrating 25 years on the farm later this month with a VIP wine tasting, birthday party and a family-friendly locals Open Day. Celebrations will be held over the … Read more »

PGP is Still Just Corporate Welfare

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the report by the Office of the Auditor-General into the Primary Growth Partnership scheme, and the media statement issued by Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy , Taxpayers Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: Read more »

Imported roses could devastate horticulture industry

Press Release – NZ Flower Growers

The New Zealand Flower Growers Association is warning that the annual flood of rose imports from India for Valentines Day could devastate many sectors of our own $2.4 billion horticulture industry. Read more »

Opportunities, Challenges for NZ in Global Climate Efforts

Press Release – Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Soc

AARES MEDIA RELEASE Opportunities And Challenges for NZ in Global Efforts to Limit Climate Change Tuesday 10 February, 2015 Read more »

Notice of hearing for OPC substances reassessment

Press Release – Environmental Protection Authority

The EPA advises a hearing is scheduled for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides. In 2013 the EPA completed a reassessment of a number of OPCs and as a result controls over these substances … Read more »

the state of our environment | January 2015

Press Release – Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

It was a fabulous start to the year if you like your weather warm and dry. I could count the number of rain days on one hand at many of our rainfall sites and when I say rain days, that includes days with a mere flick of a shower. So you might … Read more »

Minimal impact to farm price values from falling commodities

Press Release – Bayleys

A drop in the latest primary produce commodity price index will have little effect on the valuation matrices many farmers will use for base data when calculating their potential rural property purchasing levels, according to a senior figurehead in the … Read more »

Fire timely reminder to maintain trees

Press Release – Orion New Zealand Limited

A large fire at Islington today is a timely reminder of the need to prune or remove trees that can impact overhead lines in high winds, says Orion Chief Executive Rob Jamieson. Read more »

Proposed Changes to Food Act will Impact Local Businesses

Press Release – Queenstown Lakes District Council

Proposed changes to the Food Act could have a major impact on local food outlets and the Queenstown Lakes District Council is urging anyone serving, selling or trading food to look at the new regulations the Government has drafted, consider the effect … Read more »

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