$500,000 flood package for farmers

Thick mud covers pastures in the Waitotara Valley as floodwaters recede after June's rain dump.

Taranaki Regional Council's offer of half a million dollars for flood-stricken farmers is unique for its size.

Bids in to buy Shanghai Pengxin farms

Jiang Zhaobai,  chairman of Shanghai-based Pengxin Group.

Bidders have made offers for what Shanghai Pengxin says is the "legitimate" sale of its dairy farms in south Waikato.

Wine school plans for Blenheim

Marlborough Boys' College assistant principal James Ryan says a wine school for year 12 and 13 students will open career pathways into winemaking and viticulture.

Blenheim could become an educational hub for winemaking under ambitious plans for an NZ School of Wine.

Tractor sales crash

The average farm tractor costs a hefty $110,000.

Tractor sales for the first half of 2015 have tumbled by 17 per cent from last year's record breaking results.

Drought recovery years away

With feed reserves running dangerously low and lambing approaching, there's still no end in sight to the drought in North Canterbury.

Even if it started raining now, it will be at least two to three years before North Canterbury farmers recover from the drought that grips the area.

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