The gap is closing between 2019 season and 2018 season prices, says ASB senior rural economist Nathan Penny.
A major campaign is in its final stages to gain support for a commodity levy for the bee industry.
Horticulture presents a major opportunity for this country, says Barry O’Neil, new chairman of Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ).
Sheep and cow numbers fell but beef cattle numbers rose last year.
NZ Kiwifruit Growers (NZKGI) is creating a new role of labour coordinator as it envisages another seasonal labour shortage this year.
A permanent solution to the harvest labour shortage problem is needed for the apple industry, claims a sector spokesman.
Dairy prices are continuing their good run in 2019.
Rural insurer FMG has lifted the lid on its claims for quad crashes.
Environment Canterbury says the Nutrient Management and Waitaki Plan Change, Plan Change 5 to the Land & Water Regional Plan, will take effect on February 1.
An announcement of increased rural broadband and mobile coverage has been welcomed by the sector organisations, but they say more is needed.
Innovative new products using wool and hemp fibre will be developed under a new partnership between NZ Yarn and Hemp NZ.
Industry input is welcome as the government reviews the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) system this year.
The executive director of the Dairy Companies Association of NZ (DCANZ), Kimberly Crewther, will fly to Europe in the next few days.
The public are a lot more aware and educated about water and the environment, according to IrrigationNZ’s newly appointed chief executive Elizabeth Soal.
Farmers are supporting a bill from National’s Nathan Guy to introduce harsher penalties and offences for those who deliberately contaminate food.
The problems at Taratahi were laid open, prior to its interim liquidation in December, in August last year.
Minister of Education Chris Hipkins concedes the timing of the Taratahi interim liquidation is tough, especially for students and staff, and he says supporting them is a top priority.
National says the government has turned its back on the major agricultural training provider Taratahi.
The future of the major agricultural training institute Taratahi remains in limbo after it went into interim liquidation just before Christmas at the request of its board of trustees.
MyFarm has bought a 96ha property in Central Otago for its first cherry development.
Well-known Auckland kumara grower Fay Gock, the winner of horticulture’s Bledisloe Cup in 2013, died just before Christmas on December 21, aged 85.
The unusually wet summer so far means a flush of feed NZ-wide, says Alliance Group chairman Murray Taggart.
Cropping farmers have had to put up with an unusually wet start to summer.
Canterbury farmer John Nicholls last month became the second farmer-nominated candidate to win a seat on Fonterra’s board.
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