Stu Hutchings.

The kiwifruit industry is progressive and developing rapidly, says Stu Hutchings, who takes over as chief executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) in March. 

Clint Rissmann.

A project to put fine-grained environmental mapping into the hands of farmers has been awarded one of the larger amounts in the latest round of Sustainable Farming Fund grants.

 
A chance to pocket from Rockit

Syndicate agricultural investor MyFarm is moving into apples, looking for $13 million from investors to set up Rockit apple orchards.

 
 
The New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM) has appointed Craig Osborne as its new president.

The disruptive forces facing New Zealand agriculture could mean a tough future for livestock farming, says the new president of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM).

Mark Piper.

Fonterra has been asking its staff how it could do things differently and how it could disrupt itself, says Mark Piper, the co-op’s director of group R&D.

NZIER’s John Balingall.

Modelling done by the European Community shows that its agriculture would be little affected by a free trade agreement with New Zealand, says John Ballingall of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.

Charles Finny.

Of the top five countries New Zealand trades with, it only has trade deals with two, an ExportNZ conference has heard.

Over the past decade, the deer industry has seen relatively steady returns despite variability in schedule prices.

Despite challenges from competing land use and a drop in the national deer herd, the industry is well positioned to fulfil New Zealand’s goal to provide high quality protein products to the world’s best-heeled consumers.

Progressive Livestock auctioneers run the surplus stock and plant auction at Telford following the takeover of the training operation by North Island-based Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre. A crowd estimated at close to 400, including 280 registered bidders, turned out for the auction.

Lincoln University's transfer of its Telford agricultural training operation at Balclutha to Wairarapa-based Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre has been completed, on the payment of a token $1 for the campus and other assets.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

 

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