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Peters: Farmers Must Reject Being National’s Doormat

Fri, 27 May 2016 17:26:05 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

Twenty-eight years ago, the late David Lange said: "Farming is a sunset industry and manufacturing and tourism will take its place." More >>

Farmers Concerned about HB Dry Conditions

Fri, 27 May 2016 15:20:28 +1200 | Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Agencies are keeping a close watch on dry conditions and farmer welfare in Hawke’s Bay. A long dry spell means that some areas have little pasture cover or water. More >>

Federated Farmers welcomes Freshwater Improvement Fund

Fri, 27 May 2016 14:41:42 +1200 | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is commending the Government on a new $100 million Freshwater Improvement Fund to aid communities investment in solutions for water quality in New Zealand’s rivers, lakes and groundwater supplies, announced in yesterday’s ...More >>

‘’ app targets better farm health and safety

Fri, 27 May 2016 11:42:29 +1200 | Crowe Horwath

‘’ app targets better farm health and safety without the hassle With the launch of a new app specifically tailored for New Zealand’s farms, professional services firm Crowe Horwath is making it easier and more convenient to institute ...More >>

$69.8m towards eliminating bovine TB

Thu, 26 May 2016 14:45:17 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Budget 2016 confirms $69.8 million of new operating funding over the next four years to help eradicate bovine tuberculosis, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says. More >>

$16m new funding to tackle wilding conifers

Thu, 26 May 2016 14:35:05 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Budget 2016 provides $16 million of new operating funding over four years to tackle wilding conifers, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say.More >>

Don’t let velvetleaf hitch a ride on Gypsy Day

Thu, 26 May 2016 13:58:52 +1200 | Ministry For Primary Industries

This Gypsy Day, farmers are being urged to avoid moving the invasive pest weed velvetleaf along with their stock. More >>

Seeka’s avocado policy pays off

Thu, 26 May 2016 13:13:06 +1200 | Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Limited

Te Puke, 26 May, 2016 -- Seeka Kiwifruit Industries’ commitment to its avocado growers has paid off with average export returns of $26.86 per export tray for the 2015-16 season, well up on last season’s $16.64 per export tray.More >>

Milk price prediction means prolonged doubt for farmers

Thu, 26 May 2016 10:43:00 +1200 | Federated Farmers

Farmers are resigned to another tight season after Fonterra confirmed its milk price at $4.25 for the coming season. More >>

New Zealand Avocados Break Record for New Zealand Sales

Thu, 26 May 2016 10:38:25 +1200 | New Zealand Avocado

TAURANGA, Thursday 26 May 2016: New Zealand’s love affair with avocados has produced record-breaking domestic sales of $41 million during the 2015-16 season. More >>

FMA Announcement

Wed, 25 May 2016 17:19:45 +1200 | Silver Fern Farms

• FMA completes consideration of complaints and finds they “ do not have any reason to believe the [Notice of Meeting and Shareholder] Information Pack was misleading or deceptive” More >>

dvisory boards can offer guidance for farmers

Wed, 25 May 2016 13:46:16 +1200 | Crowe Horwath

As the agricultural sector grapples with high levels of dairy debt and increased volatility, Crowe Horwath’s Head of Agribusiness, Neil McAra, says farmers need to look at getting sound governance support. McAra is a strong advocate for advisory ...More >>

Rook Control Making Headway in Hawke’s Bay

Wed, 25 May 2016 12:07:47 +1200 | Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Over the past four months, around 900 rooks have been removed from Hawke’s Bay following calls from farmers seeing birds on paddocks and crops. More >>

Rural Contractors annual conference coming up

Wed, 25 May 2016 11:02:32 +1200 | 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 the Bay of Islands later next month.More >>

Good Gypsy Day planning key to preventing pest plant spread

Tue, 24 May 2016 14:23:00 +1200 | Waikato Regional Council

Farmers are being urged to protect farms from unwanted pest plants, like the invasive velvetleaf, by ensuring machinery, vehicles and equipment has been cleaned in the lead up to Gypsy Day. The plea is being made after recent investigations by Waikato ...More >>

new strategies needed to catch next wave of growth

Tue, 24 May 2016 14:03:48 +1200 | Rabobank

Strong growth in both volume and value terms is possible for New Zealand’s chicken meat industry, but it needs to focus on alternative strategies to capture new opportunities, according to a new report by agribusiness specialist Rabobank. More >>

Latest Overseer Update Reduces Workload For Users

Tue, 24 May 2016 12:09:11 +1200 | Overseer

OVERSEER Limited released today the latest update to OVERSEER® Nutrient Budgets (or OVERSEER). The new version OVERSEER 6.2.2 reduces the amount of manual data users need to input into the tool. More >>

NZ lamb prices may rise 10% next season on lower supply: ASB

Tue, 24 May 2016 06:30:21 +1200 | BusinessDesk

May 24 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand lamb prices, trading at a three-year low, may rise 10 percent next season, on lower supply and increased demand from China, ASB Bank says.More >>

Ralec owners set first Clear earn-out target, Kirkham says

Tue, 24 May 2016 06:28:03 +1200 | BusinessDesk

Ralec owners set first earn-out target for Clear that wasn't met, Kirkham says More >>

Keep Otago’s roads clean and safe

Mon, 23 May 2016 14:50:33 +1200 | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is urging dairy farmers, sharemilkers, and truckies to keep southern roads and waterways safe and effluent-free during Gypsy Week. More >>


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