Solid Performance in December Rural Property Market

Press Release – Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were 68 fewer farm sales (-12.3%) for the three months ended December 2014 than for the three months ended December 2013. Overall, there were 486 farm sales in the three … Read more »

ORC issues water shortage direction to safeguard the Taieri

Press Release – Otago Regional Council

MEDIA RELEASE 22 January 2015 ORC issues water shortage direction to safeguard the Taieri The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is issuing a Water Shortage Direction that will see a regime for the rationing and rostering of water take effect on three farms … Read more »

Caritas cautions against undermining RMA

Press Release – Caritas Aotearoa

The proposed Resource Management Act changes must keep promotion of sustainable environmental management as the main purpose of the Resource Management Act, and not use affordable housing as camouflage for significant changes, says Caritas. Read more »

Government assistance for drought not a hand out

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers believes that if the government made a medium-scale adverse event declaration for some South Island provinces, it would give more emotional support to farmers than financial. Read more »

RMA reform agenda outlined

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Overhauling the Resource Management Act (RMA) is critical to addressing housing supply and affordability, and maintaining the momentum of economic and job growth as well as better managing New Zealands environment, Dr Nick Smith said today in his 20th … Read more »

Orchard company to pay $134,500 over worker death

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

AB Wood Holdings Limited has been fined $49,500 and ordered to pay $85,000 in reparation after an employee died when the tractor he was using to mow grass rolled down an embankment, pinning him underneath it and fatally injuring him. Read more »

Restricted fire season begins

Press Release – Palmerston North City Council

A restricted fire season will apply from midnight Thursday 22 January 2015 within the Rural Fire Areas controlled by the Palmerston North City Council and all Department of Conservation land that borders this authority. Read more »

Primary industry sector on verge of technological revolution

Press Release – MobileTech

While farmers and other rural industries have always been innovators and pioneers, many city dwellers still think of them as tough, hardworking people who do without modern technologies such as smart phones, tablets and big screen TVs. Read more »

Growing Global Health Awareness Could Mean Big Business

Press Release – The Nielsen Company

NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The battle against the bulge is a global phenomenon that could translate into real opportunity for manufacturers, according to a new study by Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights … Read more »

T&G annual pre-tax profit to rise as much as 20%

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 21 (BusinessDesk) – Turners & Growers, the fruit marketer majority owned by Germany’s BayWa, expects its pre-tax annual profit to rise as much as 20 percent. Read more »

Blooming awful – algae hits councils!

Press Release – Food Matters Aotearoa

“Trawling through DHBs around the country to invite them to our conference, it was amazing to find how many are coping with outbreaks of cyanobacteria (1,2) and resulting paralytic shellfish poisoning in their regions,(3) ” said Susie … Read more »

Action needed now to minimise drought losses

Press Release – Lincoln University

Farmers need to act now if they are to cope with the effects of a predicted drought in Canterbury, Lincoln University experts say. Read more »

NZ dollar set to gain vs. yen in 2015; exporters wary

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 19 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar is expected to gain the most against the Japanese yen this year, providing a significant headwind for buttercup squash exporters in their largest market, following an 8.5 percent rise in the cross-rate … Read more »

Kiwi farmers still self-reliant

Press Release – Lincoln University

Farmers are choosing to keep making their own decisions as there is no immediate extra profit in having formal governance boards and committees, according to a recent Lincoln University survey. Read more »

New Zealand scientist receives top award in China

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the news that Kiwi scientist Dr Phil Rolston has been awarded the Chinese Governments most prestigious science prize for his work in grasslands seed development. Read more »

Farmers urged to watch for yellow bristle grass

Press Release – Horizons Regional Council

Horizons Regional Council is urging farmers to keep an eye out for yellow bristle grass, an invasive summer weed that spreads rapidly through pasture causing a loss in production. Read more »

Otago rivers still critically low

Press Release – Otago Regional Council

Many Otago rivers continue to experience extremely low flows due to dry weather, with no significant relief in sight. Read more »

Dual purpose to multi-purpose: a win-win for dairy farmers

Press Release – Lincoln University

Dairy farmers throughout New Zealand will benefit from recent research undertaken by Dr (Paul) Long Cheng and Dr Jeffery McCormick from the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Lincoln University. Read more »

Research and development relationship about to pay dividends

Press Release – Riddet Institute

Goodman Fielder’s two and half-year relationship with the Riddet Institute has led to the filing of three patents; one for a baking product with enhanced health properties and the other two for dairy products with improved sensory and health attributes. Read more »

Declare Drought Now

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

As dry conditions are taking grip on many farms the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy needs to take the bull by the horns and declare regional and local adverse events, says New Zealand First. Read more »

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