Nats under fire after farmer's fine

Farmer Bas Nelis says the water in this gully is clean enough to drink, after his work replanting the banks.

Pressure on National MPs to make changes to the RMA following prosecution of a Waikato farmer's company.

Fish farmers 'doing damage too'

One of the Mackenzie Basin's salmon farms.

Mackenzie salmon farmers are discharging waste that can smother waterways, ECan says.

Campaign targets job security

At a ‘‘Jobs that count’’ launch for meatworkers, campaign director Darien Fenton listens as Levin worker and solo mother Tamara Taputoro tells her story.

Meatworkers are being forced out of the industry because of insecure jobs, a union official says.

Dedicated to deer

Lora Valley deer farmer Bill Taylor has been made a life member of the Southland Deer Farmers Association.

When Bill Taylor was a boy, deer were wild animals that could only be admired from afar.

NZ First attacks council prosecution

Backing their man: Sharemilker Bas Nelis had the support of his farming colleagues when he was prosecuted.

Party says Waikato Regional Council bureaucrats who prosecuted Bas Nelis should seek employment in North Korea.

Silver Fern Farms posts small profit

NZ business confidence, money, dollar up

Major meat processor Silver Fern Farms has turned around two forgettable years.

Data integration urged

Rob Ford, general manager farm systems, Livestock Improvement Corporation.

More integration of data by agricultural companies would benefit farmers, says a farmer-owned co-operative's automation specialist.

PGG Wrightson confirms forecast

PGG Wrightson chief executive Mark Dewdney.

PGG Wrightson says its trading performance is on track with previous forecasts despite lower forecast dairy payouts.

Agri-food's winding path

The dairy industry was heading down the highway, but ended up in a pot hole in 2014.

OPINION: With another year winding down, it is time to reflect on how well the agri-food industries have been travelling.

Farming mixed with writing

A bit of rain doesn't stop them - Anita Lamb, on Legacy, and Dennis Gloyn, on Colidas Goldbars - ready to ride out to work on their Weber farm.

On Triple Springs farm you can find sheep, cattle, sport horse and heading dog breeding, as well as a spot of children's story writing.

Famous trek recreated

MADE IT: The Massey Ferguson team at the South Pole.

The Massey Ferguson team following in the tracks of Kiwi adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary 56 years ago has made it to the South Pole.

Sensible future-proofing

Garth McVicar and daughter, Tash lord, with the first poles in their dedicated forage block on their Hawke's Bay farm.

Hawke's Bay farm taking the use of willows for fodder in drought conditions to a new level.

SFF allowed meat discharge

Silver Fern Farms has yet to report its results for the year to September, but expects a pre-tax profit of between $5m-$7m.

Silver Fern Farms granted consent to discharge into Waimakariri river, after commissioners placed "little weight" on petition by thousands.

Picked-on feeling starting

Quad bike

Kiwi farmers uneasy about a $40k fine handed out to farming couple for not wearing helmets while on quad bikes.

Quad bike sales horrify

NICK BAKER: Horrified online retailers are selling quad bikes for children as young as four.

Top doctor "filled with horror" at online stores selling quad bikes for children as young as four.

$88m Lochinver deal

MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR DEA: Shanghai Pengxin is set to pay $88m for Lochinver farm, near Taupo.

Aspiring Lochinver Station buyer Shanghai Pengxin does now not expect to hear if the Government will consent to the $88 million deal until February at the earliest.

Poachers fined $1100

Convicted poacher Frederick Lansdell, of Pukerau, leaves Gore District Court yesterday.

A Northern Southland farmer who pursued two men he caught spotlighting onto his property said the spotlight was turned on him.

Fines for spray drift

SLOW START: Federated Farmers arable industry group chairman John Hodge surveys a slow-growing maize crop.

Horizons Regional Council fines contractor and landowner in Glen Oroua after chemicals sprayed on field drifted over neighbouring property.

Vineyard workers' accom opposed

An application has been made to convert a house and shed in Renwick into
accommodation for RSE workers.

Renwick residents have opposed plans to provide accommodation for vineyard workers.

Many farms 'severely dry'

Niwa drought index.

South Canterbury dry land dairy farmers are prepared for a difficult season figures suggest the region has dried out.

Deadline hangs over dam

The site of proposed Ruataniwha dam.

The $275 million Ruataniwha dam project is in danger of running out of time, after last week's High Court setback.

Higher kiwifruit returns seen

Allow four years for the plants to begin producing.

Zespri forecasts show growers are expected to earn their highest per tray prices since 2003.

Dairy growth leads to merger

HERD OF THAT: New Zealand's dairy cow herd has reached a record level.

LIC is not ruling out redundancies when two of the farming co-operative's subsidiaries are merged next year.

Factory's flow-on effect

FACTORY GROWING JOBS: Yashili's $210 million infant milk formula plant in Pokeno will be commissioned next year.

Waikato saw four major dairy factory builds or upgrades in 2014, and the flow-on effects are still coming,

Apple crop on target

Apples in cold storage

Scales Corporation remains on track to meet forecasts with apple volumes to meet or exceed its 2015 crop estimates.

Frost fears keep choppers busy

Marlborough Helicopters pilot Simon Moar says they have had a busy season fighting
frosts in Marlborough.

Marlborough grapegrowers recruited helicopters from across NZ to help protect their crop this spring.

$40k fine for farmers

Farmer on a quad bike.

A Marlborough farming couple has been fined $40,000 for not wearing helmets while riding their quad bikes.

Farm prices still rising

Farm land sale values increase.

Farm sales up to $80,000 a hectare this spring indicate the falling dairy payout has so far had little impact on the rural property market.

Hidden costs of buying a bare block

A bare block of land offers you a clean slate, but there are a lot more costs to getting started than the purchase price.

Starting off with a clean slate is one of the ultimate challenges when it comes to buying a lifestyle block, and it comes with hidden costs that you can’t avoid but won’t find in the sale price.

Winemaking course should yield jobs

NMIT wine tutor David Hayward, left, watches student Dan DeLeon trim foliage in
the NMIT vineyard.

Graduates from a new viticulture degree in Blenheim are expected to hit the ground running.