Comvita forecasts 35% boost to annual earnings

Article – BusinessDesk

July 23 (BusinessDesk) – Comvita, the maker of health products based on manuka honey, has forecast a 35 percent gain in annual earnings and has signalled the exit of its chief executive Brett Hewlett at its annual shareholders meeting. Read more »

EPA approves change to PredaSTOP baits control

Press Release – Environmental Protection Agency

An Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Decision-making Committee has approved an application to change one of the controls on two PredaSTOP baits. PredaSTOP is the commercial name for PAPP (para-aminopropiophenone) Paste A and PAPP Paste Ready-to-use … Read more »

Zespri Annual Meeting reports on strong season

Press Release – Zespri

An excellent 2014/15 season with increased volumes, good grower returns and strong growth to come that was the message at Zespris Annual Meeting held today. Read more »

International potato industry expert praises NZ research

Press Release – Potatoes New Zealand

International potato industry expert Professor Gary Secor has praised New Zealands world-leading research, during a visit to speak at the Potatoes New Zealand Inc annual conference. Read more »

All Farmers Urged To Enter Farm Environment Competition

Press Release – Ballance Farm Environment awards

Facilitated by the New Zealand Farm Environment (NZFE) Trust, the awards promote best-practice land management by showcasing the work of people farming in a way that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. Read more »

Growing economy is needed to support a healthy environment

Press Release – Local Government NZ

Local government sector hears how a growing economy is needed to support a healthy environment Read more »

Farmers get online survey option

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Farmers get online survey option Farmers are for the first time this month completing their annual Agricultural Production Survey online. Every year Statistics New Zealand surveys about 30,000 farmers about their land, livestock and crops, and farming practices. … Read more »

Move aside for cider – global beverage markets make room

Press Release – Rabobank

Impressive growth in the demand for cider in the global markets has put it squarely back on the beverage alcohol map, attracting a younger, more affluent consumer, says agribanking specialist, Rabobank. Read more »

Expert’s visit fruition of relationship cultivation

Press Release – Lincoln University

Experts visit fruition of relationship cultivation Feijoas and Kiwifruit have been on the menu as Lincoln hosted a plant specialist recently to initiate closer working ties around food production with a Chinese province of 90 million people. … Read more »

Soil maps lead way to better farming

Press Release – Lincoln University

Soil maps lead way to better farming Producing detailed soil maps of New Zealand farms could help improve food production across the country, as well as reduce nitrate leaching, a Lincoln University report suggests. A group of Lincoln students recently … Read more »

Farm confidence falls further

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers new-season July 2015 Farm Confidence Survey has moved further into negative territory. Pessimists overwhelmingly outnumbered optimists for both the economy in general and farm profitability. Read more »

17 years late, the new landfarming guidelines are a sham

Press Release – Green Party

17 years late, the new landfarming guidelines are a sham The National Governments voluntary guidelines for spreading toxic oil and gas waste on farmland ignore the concerns of New Zealands environmental watchdog about the dangers of heavy metal … Read more »

FarmIQ applies information technology to make a difference

Press Release – FarmIQ

FarmIQ has been recognised for a project that has brought together Wellington IT capability and the companys agribusiness expertise to make a difference for New Zealand farmers. Read more »

Carrfields Group brand to commence market rollout

Press Release – Elders Finance Limited

The Carrfields Group brand will begin a market rollout from August 2015 and will be fully integrated across the New Zealand agrimarket by December 2015. Read more »

Kiwifruit Claim Wins First Round

Press Release – The Kiwifruit Claim

The High Court at Wellington has ruled in favour of The Kiwifruit Claim and against the Crown on all substantial points, in a judgment released on 8 July. Read more »

Climate Change target ambitious

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers says the governments Climate Change target announced today is an ambitious one for New Zealand in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by thirty percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Read more »

Hawkes Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 announced

Press Release – NZ Wine

Congratulations to Caleb Dennis from Craggy Range who became the Bayer Hawkes Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 last week and now goes through to the National Final. This annual competition is now in its 10th year and has become an important … Read more »

Review of Hemp as a Food

Press Release – Seed Industry Office

The NZ Grain and Seed Trade Association (NZGSTA) was pleased to learn today that the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) was continuing to address some concerns around the sale of hemp seed foods for human … Read more »

Hemp seed food sales remain on horizon

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The adoption of a hemp seed food standard remains on the horizon, following work requested by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Ministerial Forum earlier this year says Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew. New Zealand supports a standard allowing … Read more »

Broadband failure sucks up more cash

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Commerce Committee has blocked an inquiry into the $300 million rural broadband initiative (RBI) despite mounting evidence its a massive policy failure and waste of money, says Labours ICT spokesperson Clare Curran. Read more »

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