PM Jacinda Ardern may have many talents, but an understanding of business is clearly not one of them.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has ramped up its efforts to contain the invasive weed velvetleaf.
Invercargill dog trainer John Taylor has been in demand in the Waikato and other districts using his 8-year-old border collie Rusty to sniff out exotic plant velvetleaf which is a big threat to pasture.
New Zealand farmers now have a new weapon in the fight against the noxious velvetleaf weed: the camera on their iPhone.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is calling on farmers to be “Vigilant with a capital V” for velvetleaf infestation as the new growing season approaches.
MPI is taking the fight against velvetleaf to individuals in the provinces with a series of farmer support meetings starting in the South Island next week.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council biosecurity staff are warning local landowners to check that machinery is clean and stock are empty before allowing them through their gates this Gypsy Day.
Federated Farmers is disappointed to learn that a fourth line of fodder beet seed has been confirmed as being contaminated with velvetleaf.
Rural contractors have been reminded to play their part in preventing the spread of velvetleaf as management of the pest weed enters a new phase.