AgResearch confirms 83 lay-offs, hires 27 for new roles

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 24 (BusinessDesk) – AgResearch has confirmed speculation it is axing jobs, announcing plans to lay off 83 scientists and technicians because of declining investment in some areas of research and development, while hiring 27 for new roles. Read more »

83 science roles set to go at AgResearch

Press Release – Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the New Zealand economy will lose out as AgResearch proposes cutting 83 science roles in yet another restructure. Read more »

NZ bioscience celebrates its innovators

Press Release – NZBIO

Wellington New Zealand September 23 2015: Aroa Biosurgery has been named as New Zealands Bioscience Company of the Year and Dr Shivali Gulab as the leading Biotechnologist at the 2015 NZBIO Conference Awards at Te Papa, Wellington. Read more »

Protect Rotorua are making sure the community has a voice

Press Release – Protect Rotorua

Protect Rotorua are making sure the community has a voice that will be listened to. Read more »

Bay business leaders highlight key biosecurity risks

Press Release – Bay of Connections

Highlighting practical and identifiable risks for the regions freight logistics sector was the focus of briefings to the Bay of Connections Freight Logistics Action Group (FLAG) this week. The group includes road and rail freight owners and operators, … Read more »

Horticultural Students Travel through Time at Gardens

Press Release – Hamilton City Council

Gaining hands-on experience with ancient gardening concepts from different civilisations has become a reality for Wintec horticultural students. Read more »

Plant & Food Research joins United Fresh New Zealand Inc.

Press Release – United Fresh

One of New Zealands largest scientific research organisations has joined United Fresh New Zealand Incorporated, the countrys only pan-produce organisation. Read more »

Waikato RBN focuses on financial management

Press Release – Rural Business Network

Rural business professionals in the Waikato will have the opportunity to develop their businesses and strengthen their networks at the third Rural Business Network event for 2015. This event is scheduled to take place on 23 September in Mystery … Read more »

MPI begins final push in fruit fly programme

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is asking Auckland residents to hang in there for just a few more months while it completes its programme to eradicate a small population of the horticultural pest, the Queensland fruit fly. Read more »

Farmers urged to plant bee-friendly

Press Release – Trees for Bees

Farm bee feed plantations could be the driving force behind a thriving rural bee population, according to researchers and advisers from the Trees for Bees initiative. Read more »

Unmanned Helicopters to Revolutionise Agricultural Industry

Press Release – Yamaha

Yamaha Sky Division New Zealand represents the future of the agricultural industry. The introduction of the Yamaha RMAX unmanned helicopters will enable property owners, licenced operators and contractors to maintain the land and crops remotely, from … Read more »

Solid End To Winter In Rural Market

Press Release – Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand

Summary Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were 20 fewer farm sales (-4.9%) for the three months ended August 2015 than for the three months ended August 2014. Overall, there were 387 farm sales in the … Read more »

Lake Horowhenua restoration project progressing well

Press Release – Horowhenua District Council

On behalf of the Lake Horowhenua Accord, Horizons Regional Council has applied for resource consents for several of the major initiatives proposed. Read more »

Celebrating NZ’s first official GE-free food-producing regio

Press Release – The Soil and Health Association of NZ

Hastings District Councils decision to ban GE in their district is welcome news, says the Soil & Health Association. The just-released Hastings District Plan prohibits the release and field trialling of genetically engineered organisms, creating … Read more »

Federated Farmers welcome court ruling on GM crop

Press Release – Federated Farmers

A Western Australian Court of Appeal ruling on genetically modified (GM) crop liability has been welcomed by Federated Farmers as a landmark decision which clearly sets out fundamental responsibilities of good neighbours that apply equally well in New … Read more »

Food prices up 0.4 percent in year to August

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

In the year to August 2015, food prices increased 0.4 percent, Statistics New Zealand said today. This follows an increase of 1.2 percent in the year to July. Read more »

Government’s $25M Boast Insults Kiwifruit Gwowers

Press Release – The Kiwifruit Claim

The governments boast in parliament yesterday that it has provided $25 million in compensation for the 2010 Psa-v outbreak is an insult to kiwifruit growers and others who lost at least $885 million as a result of the preventable incursion, The … Read more »

Public feedback invited on draft nutrient rules

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Theres still time for the public to provide feedback on Bay of Plenty Regional Councils draft Lake Rotorua nutrient rules, which aim to reduce the amount of nitrogen entering the lake. Read more »

Lincoln Agritech to Embark on Four New Research Projects

Press Release – Lincoln Agritech

Lincoln Agritech has recently achieved Government funding for four important new science programmes that will help strengthen New Zealands reputation in several key research areas. Read more »

Increased cruise ship biosecurity a welcome result

Press Release – Kiwifruit Vine Health Inc.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announcement to beef up biosecurity on incoming cruise ships is a welcome result for the kiwifruit industry. Read more »

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