Australia stands strong on global Manuka naming battle

Press Release – Australian Manuka Honey Association

Australia stands strong on global Manuka naming battle New Zealand attempts trade mark in UK courts Monday 18th December – The Australian Manuka Honey Association (AMHA), a group of some of Australias largest Manuka honey manufacturers was last … Read more »

New Chief Executive for kiwifruit organisation

Press Release – Kiwifruit Vine Health Inc.

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) announced today that Stu Hutchings has been appointed as the biosecurity organisations new Chief Executive. Read more »

Westpac NZ Offers Relief to Farmers Affected by Drought

Press Release – Westpac

Westpac is offering to assist its hardest hit customers, as drought-like conditions grip large parts of the country. Read more »

Water restrictions in Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata

Press Release – Thames Coromandel District Council

In all three areas we are seeing higher than normal water use for this time of year. Read more »

Industry events designed to inspire students planned

Press Release – Matariki

Action 2.3 Build on existing and create new school-industry-tertiary partnerships to develop vocational pathways for all Hawkes Bay students. Read more »

Blockchain: could it revolutionise food & agri supply chain?

Press Release – Rabobank

There is a lot of excitement and talk about blockchain but yet little is known about what it actually is, and how this digitised technology could be implemented in the agri sector. Read more »

Experienced senior manager joins AVOCO

Press Release – AVOCO

TAURANGA: December 13, 2017: Steve Trickett has joined AVOCOs senior management team to expand on market development in Asia and oversee grower communications at home. Read more »

Water use reduced for irrigators

Press Release – Gisborne District Council

Media Release Release date: Wednesday 13 December Water use reduced for irrigators Levels in the Te Arai River have fallen below 60 litres per second prompting a Water Shortage Direction by Council to irrigators on the river. Read more »

O’Connor announces stronger focus for MPI

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Minister for Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities Damien OConnor announced today that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will reorganise its functions to create a stronger focus on core responsibilities. Read more »

Satellite Technology Signals Game Changer for Kiwi Farmers

Press Release – Livestock Improvement Corporation

Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) announced today the launch of an innovative satellite technology called SPACE (Satellite Pasture and Cover Evaluation) – a giant leap forward for pasture management. SPACE uses satellite images to measure pasture, … Read more »

MPI survives defrag of portfolios

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 13 (BusinessDesk) – The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. Read more »

New Minister ignores industry

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

New Minister ignores industry Todays announcement of a formal definition for Mnuka honey roundly ignores industry feedback, Nationals Food Safety spokesperson David Bennett says. The new Minister for Primary Industries has today announced … Read more »

NZ shoppers welcome the start of summer stonefruit season

Press Release – Foodstuffs Limited

The summer stonefruit season is only 10 weeks long, from mid-December to March, but New Zealanders certainly make the most of it. Figures from Summerfruit NZ show that in the 2016-17 season, New Zealanders consumed 4,064 tonnes of nectarines; 3,579 … Read more »

Mānuka honey definition will protect trade

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Agriculture Minister Damien OConnor says a definition for mnuka honey will safeguard the industry from cowboy operators and protect New Zealands trade reputation. Read more »

Have your say on the inquiry into honey

Press Release – Office of the Clerk

Have your say on the inquiry into honey Do you want to help shape the future of honey in New Zealand? Parliament wants to hear your voice public submissions are now open on the Primary Production Committees inquiry into honey. The inquiry … Read more »

Buying a Farm – ‘Caveat Emptor’

Press Release – Primary Land Users Group

Buying a farm is a major investment that has now become much more complicated with the Waikato Regional Council’s proposed and current rule changes under Plan Change 1. Read more »

New PKE Grading System Warrants Contractual Clause Change

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is reminding dairy farmers and sharemilkers to update existing business agreements as they face joint liability to meet upcoming changes for using palm kernel (PKE) as feed. Read more »

Farmers’ Satisfaction with Banks Remains Stable

Press Release – Federated Farmers

The level of investment required in modern dairy farming is underlined in the latest Federated Farmers Banking Survey, with the size of mortgages and the number of dairy farms with overdrafts increasing. Read more »

NZ Farmer Confidence Remains at Net Positive Levels Overall

Press Release – Rabobank

New Zealand farmer confidence remains at net positive levels overall, but has dropped sharply from the record highs recorded in the previous two quarters, the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey has shown. Read more »

MPI to business: be vigilant about gluten-free claims

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

MPI reminds food businesses to be vigilant about gluten-free claims The Ministry for Primary Industries is reminding food businesses which make claims that their food is gluten-free to ensure their suppliers provide evidence of any claims they … Read more »

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