Associate Professor Lucy Burkitt is leading the soil component of the project with a large team of technicians, scientists and Massey ag students all working on different aspects of the trial.

Some interesting and positive insights into the value of regenerative agricultural practices seem to be emerging from the early stages of a seven year science-based study comparing conventional farming and regen agriculture. Peter Burke reports...

Courtney Davies (right) with ANZ New Zealand chief executive Antonia Watson.

High-flying rural ambassador Courtney Davies is encouraging young women to seek a diverse range of experiences as they carve out a career path - with a top bank chief executive endorsing the approach.

Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Award Regional Supreme Award winners (from left) Blair Linton, Linda Ellison, and Robert Linton.

The family behind Te Ranga farms have won the regional supreme award at the Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

•	Donald’s Farm manager Sam Waugh shows schoolchildren how a herringbone milking system works, inside the cowshed.

A dairy farm working to increase endangered skink numbers and a boutique farm selling milk in recycled bottles will open their gates to the public this Sunday.

The team carried out in-depth investigations in the Piako River headwater and Waitapu Stream catchments.

A new study shows that analyses how water flows to reach rivers and streams can help reveal what proportion of agricultural contaminants come from past or recent land use practices.

Manuka honey can only be sourced from and produced in New Zealand, according to the Manuka Charitable Trust. Photo Credit: NZ Manuka Honey Facebook Page

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.

Nearly $12m has been committed over five years to a programme looking into improvements in 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.

Lincoln University’s Rachael Bryant (right) and Omar Al-Marashdeh speak at a recent Lincoln University Demonstration Dairy Farm Focus Day.

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

More farmers are now carrying stored maize silage to fill early summer feed deficits prior to the next maize harvest.

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.

The completion of the second stage of an ambitious project to rewild a once grazed Northland valley into a lush wetland has been celebrated with an event to mark World Wetlands Day this month.

The rise and rise of top-class female shearers is a growing phenomenon in NZ – especially during recent times.

David and Lynley Stevens have finished up running the well-known Northern Southland Netherdale Red Deer Stud and have gone out on a high.

Adding solar power generation to the rural economy is picking up pace, with one of the country's leading solar generation companies announcing plans for another 150 GWh (gigawatt-hours) per year at three Canterbury sites.

A nursery initiative to empower Waimakariri Irrigation Limited (WIL) shareholders to grow their own native seedlings has proven successful.

Investment by landowners to keep stock and sediment out of the Rangitikei River and its tributaries has been given the big tick from a population of Dwarf Galaxiids, which require healthy streams to survive.

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