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Beef + Lamb NZ Outlines Priorities Ahead of Election

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:39:22 +1200 | Beef And Lamb NZ

Beef + Lamb New Zealand has outlined what it sees as the policy priorities for the incoming government. More >>

Questions Raised Over Cow Deaths

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:20:42 +1200 | GE Free NZ

The death of 200 cows after eating a new variety of PGG Wrightsons HT swedes [1] is a disaster for New Zealand farmers. More >>

Vigilance required with Winter Brassica Feeding

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:20:01 +1200 | PGG Wrightson

Southland farmers are being advised to keep a close watch on cows that have been grazing or are grazing on swede crops after reports of illness, and in some cases death, on dairy farms. More >>

Awards Help Hort Newbies Climb Steep Learning Curve

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:08:23 +1200 | Ballance Farm Environment Awards

Horticultural newcomers Patrick and Rebecca Malley say entering the Northland Ballance Farm Environment Awards was a great way to build knowledge. More >>

New funding to support high value food exports

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:09:46 +1200 | Plant and Food Research

Auckland, New Zealand. 15 September 2014...Plant & Food Research has received funding for two new projects in the latest government science investment round. More >>

Labour: Primary Focus on the Critical Issues

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:33:23 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser.More >>

Wairarapa Farm’s Energy-Saving Efforts Recognised

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:32:29 +1200 | Ballance Farm Environment awards

The efforts he and parents Henry and Dorothy have made to improve the sustainability of their 527ha dairy and beef farm, north of Masterton, were recognised this year when the family picked up three category awards in the 2014 Greater Wellington Ballance ...More >>

Putting a spring in production

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:30:27 +1200 | Waikato Regional Council

Spring is a key time when it comes to fertilising pasture and farmers need to take a considered approach to help protect the environment and their bottom line profits. More >>

Food prices rise 0.3 percent in August

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:56:24 +1200 | Statistics New Zealand

Food prices rose 0.3 percent in August 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. This rise follows a 0.7 percent fall in July and a 1.4 percent rise in June. More >>

Study of South American Agriculture Good Reading

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:37:42 +1200 | Farm Environment Trust

A report produced by Gordon Stephenson trophy-winners Craige and Roz Mackenzie gives a fascinating insight into South American agriculture, says Simon Saunders, acting chair of the NZ Farm Environment (NZFE) Trust.More >>

Feds Manifesto- ACT says business as usual is not ok

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:23:29 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

“A cursory read of Federated Farmers 2014 election manifesto shows their key policy aspiration was nothing much new, but perhaps that’s to be expected from an apolitical lobby group, not a political party ” ACT primary industry spokesman and former ...More >>

ETS to go this time

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:39:17 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party will make scrapping the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) a high priority during negotiations with National post election” said Robin Grieve, Joint Primary Industry Spokesperson.More >>

Greens misguided - fencing, planting will not solve nitrates

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:32:17 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

“Riparian fencing and planting are not the total solution to nitrate run off,” said ACT Rural Spokesman Don Nicolson. More >>

Professor paints a gloomy global picture

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:55:01 +1200 | Lincoln University

Professor paints a gloomy global picture, but with a local upside If his objective was to leave his audience feeling a little unsettled or with a sense of foreboding then Lincoln University Professor of Agricultural Systems, Tony Bywater, probably ...More >>

Black Grass still a threat

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:42:15 +1200 | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers urges farmers to remain vigilant in checking for black-grass this season, as it still remains a possible threat to the Canterbury economy. “The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) response team found no sign of black-grass last season, ...More >>

Coasters nervous about a dry start to spring

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:13:58 +1200 | Federated Farmers

Nervous West Coast farmers are hoping meteorologists are right that a rainmaker is close at hand, with no more than 1 millilitre (mls) falling at Westport over the past 23 days. More >>

Sharemilkers Enjoy Benefits of Farm Environment Competition

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:13:41 +1200 | Ballance Farm Environment awards

Entering the Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Awards was a great way for Matamata sharemilkers Phil and Kim Dykzeul to find out how their operation stacked up in terms of environmental sustainability.More >>

Important season for black-grass eradication

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:49:54 +1200 | Ministry For Primary Industries

With the second season of black-grass operations about to begin, continued vigilance this spring and summer will be crucial to stop the noxious weed from establishing in Mid-Canterbury, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).More >>

Dry spells take hold in South Island

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:37:10 +1200 | NIWA

Many areas in the South Island are tracking towards record dry spells as relatively warm, dry weather that began in mid-August continues. A dry spell is defined as a period of 15 days or more with less than 1mm of rain on any one day.More >>

Important season for black-grass eradication

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:20:02 +1200 | Joint Press Release

With the second season of black-grass operations about to begin, continued vigilance this spring and summer will be crucial to stop the noxious weed from establishing in Mid-Canterbury, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).More >>


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