Greg Gent has stepped down from the FMG board after serving 12 years.

Three agribusiness leaders have been elected to the board of rural insurer FMG.

 
Taylor to head Fish & Game

Fish & Game has appointed Martin Taylor as its next chief executive. He takes over from long serving head, Bryce Johnson.

 
Westpac senior market strategist Imre Speizer.

Last night’s Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction was disappointing relative to market predictions, says Westpac senior market strategist Imre Speizer.

 
Grant Watson.

Fonterra's tea topping has Chinese queueing wildly to get into tea houses, says the co-op’s global head of foodservice, Grant Watson.

LIC bull acquisition manager Casey Inverarity.

Some of the country’s top Jersey genetics from joint breeding by LIC and Jersey New Zealand are now available to farmers.

Stacey Belton.

AgFirst dairy consultant Stacey Belton, Hamilton, has been named the Farmax Emerging Rural Professional of the Year. She beat four other contestants.

Dairy farmers are taking a strong interest in dung beetles as a potentially important tool for meeting environmental obligations, says Dr Shaun Forgie, of Dung Beetle Innovations.

Floods in April and continuing rain are costing some Bay of Plenty farmers up to $700 per cow to repair damage and buy extra feed.

Federated Farmers water spokesman Chris Allen says with the absence of detail on Labour’s new water tax policy, voters will be sailing blind into the election.

The Ministry for Primary Industries is still assessing the likely means of entry of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis, following its discovery on two dairy farms in the Morven area near Oamaru.

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern says after National came into power it shelved the Environment Court judge David Sheppard’s national policy statement (NPS) initiated by the last Labour government.

If elected, Labour’s charge on water for irrigation will be a “small royalty” for all “substantial takes”, says spokesman for water and the environment David Parker.

About 100 people attended a meeting with Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) officials in Waimate last night for an update on the cattle disease, Mycoplasma bovis.

 

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