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Five Nuffield Farming Scholars named for 2014

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:31:26 +1300 | Federated Farmers

A diverse group of rural New Zealanders has been chosen as the latest crop of Nuffield Scholars. Nuffield New Zealand and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have announced the scholarships at a function in Wellington for West Coast dairy farmer Bede O’Connor; ...More >>

Westland Milk proposes new investment share for farmers

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:08:17 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Oct. 31 (BusinessDesk) - Westland Milk Products, New Zealand’s second biggest dairy cooperative, is proposing a new capital structure that would see its shareholder farmers issued with investment shares annually on top of the existing milk share.More >>

‘Real life’ scenarios focus of Ruataniwha meeting

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:07:30 +1300 | Irrigation NZ

IrrigationNZ says ‘real life’ scenarios presented by farmers with experience of irrigation is the focus of Tuesday’s ‘It’s Now or Never’ Ruataniwha meeting, rather than theoretical economic models.More >>

Five Nuffield Farming Scholars named for 2014

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:01:38 +1300 | Nuffield Farm Scholarships

A diverse group of rural New Zealanders has been chosen as the latest crop of Nuffield Scholars. More >>

High milk intake and increased mortality - experts respond

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:31:20 +1300 | Science Media Centre

High milk intake and increased mortality - experts respond A high milk intake in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death, suggests Swedish research. More >>

Farmax and Ag Hub team up

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:30:02 +1300 | Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Ag Hub has teamed up with Farmax to provide customers with access to pasture cover measurements across both programs. Pasture cover measurements recorded by the Farmax package or its standalone Feed Wedge tool can now be automatically sent to Ag Hub ...More >>

BNZ chief Healy sees growth in rural, business lending

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:29:47 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Oct. 30 (BusinessDesk) - Bank of New Zealand chief executive Anthony Healy expects the broader rural sector to continue to grow with greater investment along the value-chain, and anticipates increased business lending after a period of low credit expansion.More >>

Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:55:34 +1300 | GE Free NZ

The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed.More >>

Speech to Crown Irrigation Investment Ltd & Stakeholders

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:13:35 +1300 | New Zealand Government

It was a great honour to be re-elected for a third term in Government, and to be reappointed as Primary Industries Minister. More >>

One-fifth of national water infrastructure needs renewal

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:53:01 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Oct. 29 (BusinessDesk) - A quarter of New Zealand's $35.7 billion of water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure is more than 50 years old and up to 20 percent needs renewal or is unserviceable, according to the 3 Waters project by Local Government ...More >>

Details released on next Tuesday’s Ruataniwha water event

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:44:20 +1300 | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers and Irrigation NZ have released more details about the free “Ruataniwha – it’s Now or Never” event, taking place from 7pm next Tuesday (4 November), at the Waipawa/Central Hawke’s Bay Municipal Theatre. More >>

3 Waters Report On Water Infrastructure

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:52:39 +1300 | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has today released an issues paper ‘Exploring the issues facing New Zealand’s water, wastewater and stormwater sector’ as part of its sector-led 3 Waters project. More >>

Massey to host $5m Food Safety Research Centre

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:18:47 +1300 | 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.More >>

Opuha, Waimakariri farm environment plan template approved

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:18:07 +1300 | Enviroment Canterbury

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

Cloud-based farming software company Figured appoints CEO

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:33:23 +1300 | Figured on Farm

Figured, New Zealand’s innovative farm financial management software provider, has appointed Paul Reid as Chief Executive. Mr Reid brings extensive business experience having worked in key leadership roles for companies like New Zealand Post, MetService, ...More >>

TPP Too Important for Compromised Finish

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:52:45 +1300 | DCANZ - Dairy Companies Association New Zealand

The New Zealand dairy industry is urging Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) partners not to compromise on the quality of the deal to get it done quickly.More >>

CEO of one of New Zealand’s largest exporters steps down

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:27:21 +1300 | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers acknowledges the good work done by retiring Silver Fern Farms’ Chief Executive Keith Cooper. Silver Fern Farms is a big contributor to New Zealand’s number two merchandise export; red meat. “Keith Cooper’s larger than life personality ...More >>

Mamaku farming company fined for effluent discharge

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:40:59 +1300 | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

A Mamaku dairy farming company has been fined a total of $49,875 in Tauranga District Court for two offences of discharging effluent to land where it could enter a watercourse, and one offence of breaching an abatement notice.More >>

Second rate deal a no go - Goff

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:31:58 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

A second rate deal on dairy in the TPP would totally contradict the agreed purpose of the Pacific trade agreement, Labour’s Trade spokesperson, Phil Goff says. More >>

Maintaining profitability in a low payout year

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:50:14 +1300 | Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Dairy farmers are already feeling the pressure of a lower payout this year and are now on the hunt for strategies to cut costs. More >>


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