More fire bans ahead?

A fire on a rural property.

Pressure is going on councils to introduce more burning bans after a recycling surge followed a ban in Canterbury at the start of the year.

a2 Milk Company approval

A2 Corporation.

NZX-listed The a2 Milk Company has been approved to be a manufacturer of a finished infant-formula product to China.

Demonstrating conservation

Blue Duck

Endangered creatures flourish as a family figures out how to combine farming with eco-tourism.

Higher standard sought


NZ's Environmental Protection Authority wants a a higher level of scientific evidence regarding the safety and effects of new pesticides.

Dairy farm sales down

Farm sales

Farm sales and prices continue to make steady gains despite a big drop in the number of dairy farms sold.

Confidence crisis

Dairy cows

Dairy farmer confidence has ebbed while meat and fibre farmers remain positive

Facebook eases isolation

Louise Giltrap, left, and Stacey Williamson are among the more than 2500 members of Farming Mums NZ.

Louise Giltrap finds comfort, strength and inspiration on the Facebook page Farming Mums NZ.

Agri innovation optimism

dairy farm

The increasing pressure to be more environmentally responsible seen as opportunity to boost innovation.

Back country tales

Harry Broad

The story of Molesworth is one of ruin to redemption, says the author of a book on the iconic high country station.

To bee or not to bee


A dispute between neighbours over bees has hobby keepers worried they will need resource consent to keep hives.

Drinking trend causes headache


As beer consumption falls, breweries require less malt and malting companies need less barley from farmers.

What a grape idea

Bush falcon swoops in to save vineyards


Ferocious predator described as the V8 supercar of the skies is to help guard vineyards.

Looking for rural love

Tyler Fifield

A new Facebook page that helps farmers find love has created a stir in the provinces.

Roads need cleanup

Storm road

The wheels are in motion to stop farmers dragging mud onto South Canterbury roads.

Relief for flooded farmers

Nathan Guy

Government to provide relief for Northland farmers who were battered for days by a storm.

$6.5m irrigation scheme loan

Rakaia River

Crown Irrigation Investments to lend $6.5m to develop stage one of huge South Island irrigation scheme.

Remarkable price

Kawarau River Station has 14km of river frontage with the Kawarau River and rises up the northern slopes of The Remarkables Range to the Remarkables skifield.

Ownership of iconic Queenstown high country property is staying with New Zealanders.

'As damaging as DDT'

Honey bee

Bees, butterflies, worms and birds among those at serious risk from neonics pesticides.

We're losing critical capability

Jacqueline Rowarth

OPINION: AgriBusiness professor claims vital science that will help farming in the future is being pushed aside by AgResearch's restructuring.

Research needs to be more accessible

Retiring scientist Tom Fraser


Retiring AgResearch scientists says there is a huge amount of research sitting unused that could lift NZ's agriculture performance.

Genetic selection boosts antlers

South Canterbury deer farmer Chris Petersen holds Sovereign II's award-winning 62-point antler.

Producing deer with some of the biggest antlers in NZ careful genetic selection and a dollop of luck, says a South Canterbury deer farmer.

Stink over cattle compost


A business has had to stop taking cattle heads and ears for composting.

Kiwifruit talent ripe for picking: growers


Zespri is introducing a graduate recruitment programme to bring in new industry leaders.

High-country plan deferred again

environment southland

A decision to high-country development to become a permitted activity is likely to be deferred to October.

Food tech milestone

 Food technologist and developer Hayden Pohio

A food technologist was handing around samples of his manuka honey bars at a seminar to celebrate 50 years of food technology at Massey University.

Marine farm to go ahead


A contentious Stewart Island marine farm has been given the green light.

Planning for a successful succession

Joan Baker

Relationships ruined and businesses going off the rails. Professional succession planner Joan Baker has seen the ugly side of farm succession.

Floods hit farms hard


Wild weather has hit Northland farms hard with power outages, equipment damage and flooded pastures.

Piggery break-in upsets


The manager of a Taranaki piggery has barely slept since learning her property was invaded by animal activists.

Public buy-in 'vital'

New Federated Farmers chairman Dr William Rolleston.

New Federated Farmers president says the organisation's the challenge is to become credible in the eyes of the public.

Collaboration call

New Federated Farmers chairman Dr William Rolleston.

New Fed Farmers leader says with the industry addressing environmental issues the challenge is now on pressure groups to start talking about the economy.

Genevieve spreads eco message

geneviere steven

Genevieve Steven will be the youngest person competing for the top honour at the national Green Agriculture Innovation Awards - which is a shame, she thinks.

Food science prof honoured

Manuka honey bees.

Massey professor who wants to revamp milk-tanker design and develop the manuka honey industry recognised with a top food science industry award.

Receivers appointed for vineyard

Isabel Winery

A Marlborough family-owned vineyard, Isabel Estate Vineyard, has gone into receivership.

Bluff salmon farm upgrades fleet

Frewza Boats owner Brendon Frew

Sanford Bluff is upgrading its Stewart Island salmon farm marine fleet with two custom-built boats.

Honest Indian

Mahindra Genio ute

The least expensive proper working ute in NZ looks like a useful entrant in our burgeoning workhorse market.

China trade warning

Mike Petersen

Trade negotiator warns that NZ's special trade access to China risks making exports complacent and over-reliant on that single market.

Salmon farm rejected

A salmon at New Zealand King Salmon's Clay Point farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

The Environment Court has rejected a proposed Pelorus Sounds salmon farm.

Stock skills on world stage

Alex Reekers

Waimate's Alex Reekers has trimmed and shorn his way to the finals of the World Young Shepherds Challenge.

Breaking the mould

Jane Hunter

Women are moving into farming leadership roles in increasing numbers. We profile two women who have made their mark.

Cricketers enlisted to sell lamb

John Rabbitt and Geoff Allott

Wealthy Indians will soon be dining on top-quality New Zealand lamb.

Kidd betters dad

Young Farmer of the Year winner David Kidd is congratulated by his wife Janine.

David Kidd has bettered his dad's young farmer contest achievements and admits there might some cheek offered after taking out 2014's top prize.

Land 'should not be freehold'

irishman creek

Preliminary tenure review proposal for almost 5800 ha central South Island land has met with strong resistance from a conservation board.

Farm buildings escape assessment

Nathan Guy

Farm buildings will not be assessed for earthquake risk, saving farmers $3000 each.

Firm finds cunning niches


A Dannevirke company makes everything from a fertiliser system to a geese pooper scooper.

Injury doesn't stop Dave

Dave Clouston

A farm accident that would have beaten many has failed to stop Dave Clouston's farming metamorphosis.

Fed Farmers hear full spectrum


The Federated Farmers audience was polite enough as they listened to political leaders David Cunliffe, Russel Norman and Winston Peters.

Young farmers tested

Young Farmer of the Year

Welding skills, practical agriculture and speech-making are among a range of skills being tested on contestants in the Young Farmer of the Year grand final.

Apple company picks float price


Investors keen on agribusiness Scales Corporation will have to pay $1.60 a share.

Water tops warning list

Bruce Wills

While farmers continue to be warned of high debt levels and the possibility of an unfriendly government they have been told water is the biggest issue they face.

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