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Adding value not bulk

While conventional growers would aim for a yield of about 10t/ha, Tony Howey aims for about 5t/ha.

National

Trade will feed the world

Globalisation is the only way to feed 9.6 billion people by 2050 with a healthy diet on a healthy planet,…

Report shows value of ag chem

A landmark report reveals that without crop protection products, New Zealand’s economy would lose $7.5 to $11.4 billion.

 

Consumers rule growers’ business

Consumers’ demands are driving the way Ohakune commercial vegetable growers Bruce and Stephanie Rollinson produce and package their Brussel sprouts…

World

No luck for Irish contractors

Ireland, often a source of skilled farm machinery operators for rural contractors in New Zealand, is facing even worse driver shortages than NZ.

 

Fines for farm invaders

Animal rights activists entering Queensland farms without permission now face being fined.

Where to for the UK?

“On a knife-edge,” is how NZ’s former high commissioner to London, Sir Lockwood Smith, describes the British government’s EU exit plans.

Opinion

Brexit in my face

Peter Burke has spent the last three weeks observing Brexit first-hand in England and Ireland. 

Bleeding out NZ?

OPINION: By 2050 China will own New Zealand agriculture and with it our country’s future.

 

Agribusiness

The battle for trust

With distrust growing in consumers, even for science, gaining their trust is now more valuable to win than ever.

 

Expect more disruption

Food and fibre is the most “activist disrupted” sector globally, second only to petroleum, says KPMG’s global head of agribusiness,…

Management

 

More farmland goes in to trees

A large foreign-financed but New Zealand owned investment company has brought a big station in the Wairarapa for forestry development.

Farming the ocean

Salmon farmer New Zealand King Salmon says it is taking a step towards the future by applying for resource consent to farm in the open ocean of Cook Strait.

Farm Health

Machinery & Products

She’s one big trailer!

Local makers of high capacity tipping trailers have some way to go to keep up with Irish manufacturers.

 

MAN what a V-six!

German engine manufacturer MAN has a new Stage V compliant unit destined to power self propelled foragers and combine harvesters…

Motoring

 

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The Hound

Quota watch

The Hound understands that Mike Petersen’s time as NZ agriculture’s special trade envoy will soon end.

What a jerk

Your old mate notes that serial whinger Mike Joy continues to put the boot into the farming sector.

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