FAR chairman David Birkett.

Cropping farmers go the polls in the next few weeks to determine the future of their levy-funded research organisation, Foundation for Arable Research.

Tony Egan, Greenlea Meats, Nathan Guy and Richard Carlson, marketing manager, Greenlea Meats with a sample of chilled meat which is heading to China.

Ten meat plants have begun a six-month trial of sending chilled beef and sheep meat to China, says Meat Industry Association chief executive Tim Ritchie.

 
Sandy Chen, Rabobank.

Chinese dairy consumers are increasingly turning to higher value added or premium dairy products, says Sandy Chen, Rabobank’s senior dairy and beverages analyst for Asia.

 
 
Massey vice-chancellor Jan Thomas.

Massey University's vice-chancellor Jan Thomas says she’s trying to induce a sense of innovation and entrepreneurship in the university’s graduates.

Craig Prichard.

Massey University sheep milking expert Craig Prichard’s fun exhibit at Fieldays -- allowing site visitors to milk a sheep -- had seriously optimistic intent.

Ashby Whitehead.

Demand to get into the avocado industry is exceeding the supply of trees, says the chair of the Avocado Growers Association.

Derrick Milton.

The wool industry might now be in a slightly better situation today had it voted for a levy in 2014, says Blenheim farmer Derrick Millton.

Wools of NZ chairman Mark Shadbolt.

Having 60% of the nation’s wool exports going to China and continuing to sell wool as a commodity has left us exposed, says Wools of NZ chairman Mark Shadbolt.

Tar and concrete could spell the end of New Zealand growing leafy green vegetables such as lettuce and spinach if house building persists on productive land near urban areas.

Meat processor Alliance is investing $3.4 million in new processing technology as part of a wider programme to improve health and safety.

New Zealand farmer confidence and spending intentions jumped to record levels in the second quarter of this year, buoyed by improved commodity prices.

One of the first projects approved under the Government’s Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) in 2000 targeted avocado orchard management.

If Labour were elected to govern it would appoint a chief agri-food advisor with status similar to that of the present chief science advisor to government, says the party’s spokesman on primary industries, Damien O’Connor.

 

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