Survey reveals important data for Central Otago

Press Release – Jacqui Dean

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said the results of a new survey focusing on the needs of Central Otagos horticulture and viticulture sectors was a major step forward in future-proofing these industries for the economic benefit of the region. Theres … Read more »

NZBio backs fresh debate over new biotechnologies

Article – BusinessDesk

June 15 (BusinessDesk) – NZBio has waded into the debate over using new biotechnologies, including genetic modification, backing a call by Treasury secretary Gabriel Makhlouf for another look at New Zealand’s attitude to risk. Read more »

Uncertainty over NZ dairy industry weighs on primary sector

Article – BusinessDesk

June 9 (BusinessDesk) – The uncertain future of the dairy industry, seen as a bellwether for New Zealand’s primary sector and wider economy, is concerning many sector leaders, according to KPMG’s sixth Agribusiness Agenda survey. Read more »

NZ primary sector exports to fall 8% in 2015

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ primary sector exports to fall 8% in 2015; four-year outlook shows strong recovery Read more »

Pomahaka Project Scales Up

Press Release – NZ Landcare Trust

Pomahaka Project Scales Up Following the success of a one year scoping exercise NZ Landcare Trust has secured nearly $150,000 from MPI’s Sustainable Farming Fund to facilitate a catchment scale project within the Pomahaka catchment. With support … Read more »

Agri-event to strengthen links between research and industry

Press Release – Waikato University

On the eve of Fieldays, the University of Waikato will host agri-stakeholders at an event to showcase its latest research and strengthen links with the agricultural industry. It features a presentation on the importance of soils, a panel discussion … Read more »

Growing knowledge through collaboration

Press Release – Lincoln University

Growing knowledge through collaboration A collaborative workshop to help food producers gain specialist knowledge and skills was held at Lincoln University yesterday. Entitled Growing You, it is part of a series covering topics such as sustainable weed … Read more »

Budget 2015: Funding boost for Irrigation Acceleration Fund

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Budget 2015: Funding boost for Irrigation Acceleration Fund Irrigation projects will receive a kick-start of $25 million in operating funding for five years from 2016/17 through the Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF), Primary Industries Minister … Read more »

Apple Fields’ directors fined $30,000 over filing omissions

Article – BusinessDesk

May 25 (BusinessDesk) – Justin Prain and Mark Schroeder, directors of the formerly NZX-listed Apple Fields, have been fined $30,000 each for failing to file financial statements for three years. Read more »

Blenheim the place to be in June for Ag contractors

Press Release – Rural Contractors NZ

Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) is encouraging all of its members and any others interested in the agricultural contracting sector to attend its annual conference being held in Blenheim later next month. Read more »

Comvita lifts annual profit 28 percent, beating expectations

Article – BusinessDesk

May 22 (BusinessDesk) – Comvita, the Te Puke-based maker of health products based on manuka honey, boosted annual profit 28 percent, beating expectations as tourism to New Zealand helped drive sales. Read more »

Zespri doubles FY profit on deferred revenues, sales jump

Article – BusinessDesk

May 21 (BusinessDesk) – Zespri International, which controls exports of New Zealand kiwifruit, more than doubled annual profit after it recognised deferred revenue from prior seasons, while lifting sales 16 percent on productivity gains and a shortage … Read more »

Supreme winners open their gates

Press Release – Horizons Regional Council

Environmental farm award winners for the Horizons Region opened their gates and shared their secrets with other farmers last week. Read more »

Marketer of the Year Award 2015: Winner Announced

Press Release – PMA Australia-New Zealand

Produce Plus and PMA Australia-New Zealand are pleased to announce Harris Farm Markets as the winner of the PMA-Produce Plus Marketer of the Award 2015 for its Imperfect Picks ugly fruit marketing campaign. Harris Farm Markets marketing team, … Read more »

Kiwifruit industry set for strong growth

Press Release – Zespri

The kiwifruit industry came together to thank the Government for its support with efforts to manage the bacterial disease Psa, when the Prime Minister John Key visited Zespris Mt Maunganui office this afternoon. Zespri chairman Peter McBride says … Read more »

Vote for Beetroot!

Press Release – LeaderBrand

Vote for Beetroot! Kiwi Veggie Brand Lobbies for Beetroot to Become NZS Official National Veg LeaderBrand, one of the countrys largest producers of fresh vegetables, is lobbying for beetroot to be officially declared the National Vegetable of New … Read more »

Rural Equities accepts Webster takeover offer for Tandou

Article – BusinessDesk

May 13 (BusinessDesk) – Rural Equities, the farming group majority-owned by the Cushing family, will sell its 6.4 percent stake in ASX-listed Tandou into a takeover offer from Australian agricultural and water company Webster. Read more »

Court decision allows councils to have a say on GE crops

Press Release – Green Party

Court decision allows councils to have a say on GE crops in their backyards The Environment Courts decision to allow regional councils to have a say in the use of genetically modified organisms gives communities an extra level of protection from GE crops entering … Read more »

Kiwifruit orchards to be registered for spray use

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is registering kiwifruit orchards across the region on its Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL) database. Read more »

STIHL Ramps up Chainsaw Safety Campaign

Press Release – STIHL Shop

STIHL Chainsaw Safety Awareness Week returns this May to make some noise about tackling New Zealands high accident statistics. Read more »

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