GM on the agenda

Craig Mackenzie

Kiwi farming couple attending Global Farmer Roundtable that will focus on the challenge of feeding another two billion people.

Money's not everything

NZ money, cash

Surveys suggest farmers are not money hungry and lean more toward environmental stewardship than making big profits.

More to honey than money

Landcorp employees Paul Taylor, Steve Neads and Phil McKenzie plant a new cultivar of manuka in experimental trials on Landcorp's Hill View farm in the Wairarapa.

Manuka plantations could restore eroding hills and provide revenue.

Paperwork averted scam


A farming family has discovered the value of a signed contract over a handshake.

Flock Hill owners deny 'eviction'

flock hill farm

Owners of Canterbury station say they were about to sign new deal with local tour operator. l Job losses 'red herring'

PM hits back over Flock Hill

flock hill farm

PM says Flock Hill's overseas owners must create value for NZ and loss of 16 jobs a 'red herring'.

Not a normal farm

Bryan Tucker

A diverse range of animals roam the irrigated fields of a South Wairarapa farm.

Water tax may hit farmers hard

Irrigator sprays water.

Canterbury farmers may be forced to pay the bulk of a $40 million a year irrigation tax.

Enviro rules testing consultants

Wayne Allan

Keeping stock well fed at three crucial times of the year is an important message from the sheep and beef consultant of the year.

Time to value older employees

Biological scientists do their best work in maturity.

OPINION: With 60 being the new 50, late middle-age can be a very productive time. So why isn't AgResearch cherishing its older scientists rather than upsetting them?

'Step in the right direction'

Otago Regional Council community liaison and education officer Rob Schick takes a water sample at a council field day in the Tokomairiro catchment last year.

A radically new risk-based approach to dairy farm inspections by the Otago Regional Council has the support of Federated Farmers.

Acupuncture trumps forestry


Farming study discovers acupuncture, music, sport and recreation rate above primary industry science as subjects among university students.

Poachers fire on workers

Hunting rifle

Forestry workers are dodging bullets from poachers, says a forest manager.

Sick waterways might gain

Lake Ellesmere

Two of Canterbury's sickest waterways are prime candidates for Crown cash to retire farms and restore their wetland "lungs".

Irrigation conference for Oamaru

Timaru Herald photo

Irrigation NZ's 2016 conference will be in Oamaru, an area the company calls the "irrigation heartland".

Rangitata at capacity

Rangitata irrigation scheme at full capacity.

South Canterbury's massive Rangitata South Irrigation Scheme is at capacity for the first time.

Dollar foils venison returns


Deer farmers are hardly jumping for joy over better prospects in European markets for their chilled venison.

Feared weed hunt resumes

Black grass or meadow fox tail seeds.

Farmers not out of the woods over the accidental spreading of a highly noxious grass weed in Canterbury.

Turners goes to Peru for grapes


Turners G& Growers has signed a joint venture with Chilean fruitgrower Unifrutti to grow table grapes in Peru.

Armed farmers confront poachers


Coromandel farmers fed up with trespassers are taking things into their own hands, police say.

Farmers weigh choices


Are farmers still the "National Party in gumboots"? Gerard Hutching looks at which way farmers are likely to vote.

Foresight flowers into gold

Rodney Wilson

Rhododendrons have usurped sheep and cattle as the big earners at NZ's first private gardens to open to the public.

Working wonders

Paul Linklater

Some inventions in the Innovate business awards were applicable to rural businesses.

Glass a day keeps Greens away

Waihou River water

Piako farmer hits back at pollution claims by giving the Waihou River a good old-fashioned taste test to prove its purity.

Winemakers mourn loss of leader


Industry pays tribute to a man they say helped make the $1.2 billion NZ wine industry what it is today.

Farmers fear fiery fallout

Sky lanterns

Farmers urge people to think about the consequences of using sky lanterns after discovering half-a-dozen of the objects in their paddocks.

Going with the flow

Waikato River

New research shows the positive effect the Upper Waikato Sustainable Milk Project has had on the Waikato River.

Scientists dispute report


Scientists say a govt report declaring land farming as safe shouldn't be used to justify future application of oil and gas waste to agricultural soil.

West Coast battling drought

Pivot irrigator

Farmers are selling stock and turning irrigation systems on to fight dry conditions.

'Every tractor has a story'

McCormick Farmall Cub tractor

Restoring 60-year-old tractor took 130 hours, but a semi-retired engineer did it for free.

Greens' policy 'anti-farming'

Farmer Stephen Knight, from Tannabah, Coonabarabran, with some of his Merino wethers that have been eating darling pea.

Fed Farmers environment spokesman thinks Green Party's motto must be "beat a farmer a day".

Drone saves money

Mark Gardyne

A father and son's use of a drone to check on stock has catapulted them to international fame.

Olive trees stand amid the vines

New oil attracts attention for Renwick growers

Roger Woolhouse

As vineyards continue their spread across Marlborough's Wairau plains, a new oil is attracting increasing attention. Olive oil.

Purge dents TB rate


Possum control ops are making inroads into the most inhospitable bush and swamps to protect cattle and deer herds from TB.

US now top venison market

deer, venison

The United States has toppled Germany as the go-to market for New Zealand chilled-venison exports.

Fungi could boost incomes

Saffron milk cap mushrooms

Farmers could add a side business to their main income after research in high-value edible crops has come out with promising results.

Versatile exotics worth more effort

Allan Wilkinson believes there is great value in poplars and willows, especially for erosion control.

Funding cuts have reduced the fight against poplar leaf rust to small trial plots on farms around New Zealand.

Problem grass high on radar

Yellow bristle grass

Yellow bristle grass specialist Trevor James will be the keynote speaker at a Waimate West Demonstration Farm's field day.

People trafficking plea

 human trafficking

Three men plead not guilty to 47 charges relating to the trafficking of horticultural workers.

Truck crash creates real buzz


A rural Carterton road was buzzing after a truck carrying beehives crashed and lost its load.

Residents fight effluent smell, risk

stock truck effluent

King Country residents near the site of a proposed stock effluent dumping site say it's the prospect of accidents that really has them worried.

Rowdy crowd heckles candidates

Russell MacPherson

Southern candidates face name-calling, heckling and even chicken clucking at Federated Farmers meeting.

Milk flows boost earnings

Dairy cows.

Farm-owning group says its operating earnings have nearly doubled, helped by record milk production on some of its dairy farms.

Still horsing round at 76

Thelma Busby

Showing horses is in Thelma Busby's blood.

White overalls spark dispute

meat worker

A set of white overalls has sparked a stoush between NZ Meatworkers Union and Awarua-based South Pacific Meats.

Hazard behaviours studied

Central Queensland University researcher Dr Bradley Smith.

Aussie expert on stock loss in bushfires says NZ farmers are more likely to have to deal with floods, volcanic hazards, or earthquakes.

Training lacks credibility

Farm training

Agricultural industry training is under fire from farmers who claim qualifications lack value and credibility.

Allied Farmers back in black

magnifying glass dollar

Allied said the focus for the coming year would be to continue to grow the livestock business.

Better prepared for wind

Harry Meijer

Farmers have learnt a few lessons from the big storms that hit Canterbury a year ago.

Burn-offs leave residents fuming

Farm burnoffs in South Canterbury looking towards the Hunter Hills.

Concern is growing about the effect of rural burn-offs on Timaru's air.

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