UK Minister for Trade Liz Truss has committed to a free trade agreement with New Zealand.

What happens in the next six weeks will be critical for New Zealand to secure a free trade agreement (FTA) with the UK, according to the executive director of the Dairy Companies Association (DCANZ), Kimberly Crewther.

An aerial survey this month found most farmers well prepared for winter grazing this season.

DairyNZ's head consulting officer for the South Island says they are generally encouraged by the reports about way that Southland farmers are dealing with winter grazing.

A recent surveillance flight showed farmers are well-prepared for the season.

A recent surveillance flight over the Southland region has shown farmers in the region are well-prepared for the season, according to the local regional council.

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZBIF) has started the search for the next tranche of countries that we could negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with.

"Content without being confident" is how ASB rural general manager Ben Speedy described the mood among dairy farmers at this month's National Fieldays.

Sales figures for farm sales reveal an increasing confidence in the rural sector, says a spokesman for the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ).

Beef and Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) executive Lee-Ann Marsh has been appointed the new general manager of innovation funder AGMARDT.

Working in the agri-nutrient sector, Calvin Ball says he has seen a significant change in farmers' attitudes to health and safety in recent years.

The Government has announced it will commit $4 million into relief funding for flood-affected Canterbury farmers.

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