Westpac’s Mark Stead.

Many dairy farmers are taking advantage of this season’s better payout to regain some of the equity they lost in their farms during the previous two bad years.

Forum chairman Tiaki Hunia and Minister Te Ururoa Flavell.

About 8% of total kiwifruit production comes from Maori orchards, and now there is an ambitious goal to get up to 20%, says Maori Kiwifruit Growers Forum chairman Tiaki Hunia.

 
Zespri chair Peter McBride.

Zespri's results are positive for everybody -- Gold, Green or organic growers and Zespri shareholders -- but you should never become complacent, says chairman Peter McBride.

Wool event should be a fixture – RWNZ

Organisers of Rural Women New Zealand WoolOn Creative Fashion event want to grow the revamped historic show and use it to promote wool’s many attributes, says committee member Anne Pullar.

 
Peter Nation.

As the New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays gets underway this week the chief executive of the organisation running it says there is optimism in the dairy sector.

 
Lincoln Agritech group manager environmental research, Blair Miller, holds a prototype of Agritech’s real-time optical nitrate sensor beside the sampling bores at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm that have been used in the device’s development.

Lincoln Agritech has unveiled an advanced optical nitrate sensor for groundwater which it says will bring a paradigm shift in New Zealand’s groundwater management.

Worksafe New Zealand Safer Farms ambassador Richard Loe with Worksafe inspector Tiffany Boyle at the Worksafe stand at the 2017 South Island Agricultural Field Days at Kirwee.

Farmers who resent the attention of WorkSafe inspectors in their workplaces should remember that more people still die on NZ farms each year than are prosecuted for safety breaches.

Rabobank New Zealand general manager for Country Banking, Hayley Moynihan.

2017 has begun on a positive note for the country’s farmers with rural confidence levels edging up, primarily driven by signs of renewed optimism among horticulturalists and sheep and beef producers.

 Rebecca Phillips uses sterile techniques in the laboratory to quantify chemical and biological production of N2O and N2.

New Zealand and American scientists have discovered a previously unknown way of chemically converting reactive nitrogen, common in soil and water, into a safe form rather than a harmful greenhouse gas.

James Trevelyan speaking at the recent BioSecurity Forum.

The first year Bay of Plenty Trevelyans Pack and Cool store introduced ‘lean manufacturing’ it saved the company about $340,000, says managing director James Trevelyan.

The first year Bay of Plenty Trevelyans Pack and Cool store introduced ‘lean manufacturing’ it saved the company about $340,000, says managing director James Trevelyan.

The farming sector has long been under-served by good financial management and planning systems, say Figured chief executive Dave Dodds. He says his company is on a mission to change that.

The prospect of raising production and profits spurred James and Kate McKay, farming at Alfredton, Southern Hawkes Bay, to get involved in the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP).

 

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