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Weather back to normal?

MetService meteorologist James Millward says the country’s weather patterns are now on a much more even footing.

Dealing with SNAs

As Associate Minister for Agriculture and the Environment, Andrew Hoggard has a number of delegations to focus on.

Hoggard's double Act

ACT MP Andrew Hoggard may no longer be hands-on every day at his dairy farm at Kiwitea in the Manawatu,…

World

World food prices dip - FAO

In December, world food prices dipped for a ninth consecutive month, according to recent data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Trans-Tasman ag ministers zoom in on biosecurity

When New Zealand’s Agriculture, Biosecurity and Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor met with his new Australian counterpart yesterday, the subject of biosecurity was top of their agenda.

New Aussie ag minister

Australian farmers hope that the new Labor Government will help ease chronic worker shortages crippling the agriculture sector.

FAO distributes seed potatoes to Ukrainian rural families

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has distributed seed potato kits to 17,740 Ukrainian households from across ten of the country’s oblasts (administrative division) so they can plant food in time for the next harvesting season.

Opinion

Editorial: Time for action

OPINION: To ensure beef and sheep farmers get more than heart-warming platitudes out of the new Government, they'll need to…

Rural health conference coming!

OPINION: This year's National Rural Health Conference, being held in Wellington, has attracted a record number of interested rural health…

Agribusiness

Management

It's in our (trees') DNA

A recent Plant & Food Research study comparing the DNA of trees commonly called manuka in New Zealand and Australia has found such significant genetic differences between the two that the researchers are now recommending the two plants be designated as different species.

State funding for plant-based foods

Crown research institute AgResearch has received close to $13 million in government funding to help advance opportunities for New Zealand in both plant-based food ingredient and cell-based protein markets.

Plantain rethink at demo farm

The Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) is rethinking its approach to plantain, in the face of continued difficulty in realising its expected benefits.

Feeding maize silage this summer

Since the mid-nineties maize silage use on dairy farms has steadily increased, with some farmers now feeding as much as 2 tDM/cow within a season.

Farm Health

M. bovis - we need to be vigilant

From November 1, 2023, Ministry for Primary Industries’ Mycoplasma bovis Eradication Programme has been contracted out to disease management agency…

Beware - FE is here!

A disease that costs the primary industry more than $200 million a year is potentially coming to a place near…

Machinery & Products

Kubota tests diesel engines

Kubota last month used the UK LAMMA Show to test the water with its new 200hp, four-cylinder 09-series diesel engines.

Stone collection made easier

Usually a task given to higher horsepower tractors, stone picking looks like its moved down the horsepower charts, to anyone…

A very handy piece

Handypiece is a fully portable shearing handpiece being used by thousands of farmers and ag workers, in diverse roles across…

Killing weed seeds in a single pass

John Deere's X-Series Combine Harvesters can now be complemented by the advanced weed control capability of Redekop’s Seed Control Unit…

Motoring

RAM hits 20K!

In a market dominated by utes, Ram Trucks Australia has just put the finishing touches on its 20,000th right-hand drive…

Safari on a Trek to NZ

Exclusive to the New Zealand market and available in limited supply, the Suzuki Jimny Safari adds to an already versatile…

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The Hound

Feds power!

OPINION: Your canine crusader reckons no single lobby group has had a bigger turnaround in fortunes than Federated Farmers since…

The DCM award

OPINION: This old mutt suggests the 'don't come Monday' (DCM) award (in other words, resign) must go to the heartless,…

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A leading farm accountant and consultant believes the dairy industry has turned a corner as the rural sector navigates a…

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A solution to forestry's woes

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