Government Freeze On Toxic Biotech Crops Urgently Needed

Press Release – GE Free NZ

GE Free NZ is calling on the government to place a moratorium on all new GE food applications, withdraw all existing GE foods and conduct studies on their safety, following tests showing toxicity to animals and humans. Read more »

Tasman growers facing major cleanup

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has visited hail-affected orchards in the Tasman region and says growers are coping well despite the damage caused last week. The massive hailstorm last Tuesday has caused a range of damage to approximately … Read more »

RSE employers praise seasonal work scheme

Press Release – Immigration NZ

Employers who take on seasonal workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme are praising it as meeting the needs of New Zealands horticulture and viticulture growers. Read more »

Seeka works to help growers hit by Tauranga hail storms

Press Release – Seeka Kiwifruit Industries

TAURANGA, 10 November Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Ltd (NZX:SEK) is working to help a group of its growers who have suffered significant damage across both kiwifruit and avocado blocks as a result of two hail storms that hit Tauranga last week. Read more »

Opinion editorial: Ruataniwha meeting

Press Release – Irrigation NZ

There has been some criticism that the recent Its Now or Never Ruataniwha meeting organised by IrrigationNZ and Federated Farmers did not compare the operational set-up of Hawkes Bays proposed irrigation scheme with others elsewhere in New … Read more »

Ruataniwha: Free Assistance Offered to the Fed’s Will Foley

Press Release – Ropere Consulting

Peter Fraser, Principal, Rpere Consulting, is extending an offer of assistance to Will Foley, Federated Farmers Hawkes Bay Provincial President, who released a somewhat cryptic media statement yesterday afternoon. Read more »

Paul Heywood, Leo Mangos awarded 2014 Hayward Medal

Press Release – Zespri

The 2014 kiwifruit industry excellence award the Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal is jointly awarded to Paul Heywood and Leo Mangos for their vision in laying the foundations for todays industry. Read more »

Thousands of species undiscovered

Press Release – Landcare Research

Thousands of species in New Zealand are yet to be discovered. But its not just scientists who could uncover them. It could be you. Read more »

Farmers flock to Ruataniwha meeting

Press Release – Irrigation NZ

IrrigationNZ says it is heartened by the support from Hawkes Bay farmers and growers who attended its Its Now or Never Ruataniwha meeting last night, jointly hosted with Federated Farmers in Waipawa, Hawkes Bay. Read more »

Overseas markets lead as 83% of UK households buy organic

Press Release – BioGro

New figures released by Nielsen and the Soil Association show that global consumers are leading the way for purchasing organic produce, especially in the UK where 83% of consumers now buy organic in some form. Read more »

Farm Environment Trust’s Annual Meeting Marks Highs and Lows

Press Release – New Zealand Farm Environment Trust

The New Zealand Farm Environment (NZFE) Trust has celebrated another successful year for the Trust and its flagship enterprise, the Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Read more »

Commodity prices fall for eighth month in October

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 4 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand commodity prices fell for the eighth consecutive month in October, to the lowest level since March last year, as signs of recovery in dairy prices were offset by a drop in the price of pelts. Read more »

New Hastings Growers Market launches 29th November

Press Release – Hastings City Business Association

November 29th sees the launch of a new Hastings City Growers Market every Saturday morning from 7am until 10.30am. The market will be held in the streets of the 100 and 200 blocks of Heretaunga St East. Read more »

‘Real life’ scenarios focus of Ruataniwha meeting

Press Release – Irrigation NZ

IrrigationNZ says real life scenarios presented by farmers with experience of irrigation is the focus of Tuesdays Its Now or Never Ruataniwha meeting, rather than theoretical economic models. Read more »

Five Nuffield Farming Scholars named for 2014

Press Release – Nuffield Farm Scholarships

A diverse group of rural New Zealanders has been chosen as the latest crop of Nuffield Scholars. Read more »

Chch’s Transition to the World’s Best Edible Garden City

Press Release – Edible Canterbury Expo

The Edible Canterbury Expo tomorrow, Saturday, 1 November, will showcase efforts to make Christchurch become the worlds best Edible Garden City. Edible Canterbury, the Christchurch City Council, community based organisations and local businesses … Read more »

Review of Biosolid Composter project

Press Release – Thames Coromandel District Council

Operations at the Biosolid Composter in Whitianga will cease in November while we take time to look at how we can improve its financial viability. A decision will be made by April 2015 as to whether to reinstate operations or decommission the plant. Read more »

3 Waters Report On Water Infrastructure

Press Release – Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has today released an issues paper Exploring the issues facing New Zealands water, wastewater and stormwater sector as part of its sector-led 3 Waters project. Read more »

Massey to host $5m Food Safety Research Centre

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew today announced that Massey University will host the new Food Safety Science and Research Centre. Read more »

Opuha, Waimakariri farm environment plan template approved

Press Release – Enviroment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury announced today its approval of another farm environment plan template under the proposed Land & Water Regional Plan. Read more »

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