Agribusiness

Science students learn on the job

Three students are working at Plant and Food Research in Palmerston North this summer. Plant science student Jade Gribben, testing how repellent soil is to water.

While many people are taking trips to the beach, a trio of young people have spent their summer learning more about science.

NZ farms eyed as 'boltholes' for world's super rich

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Are NZ farms being snapped up by the world's super-rich as boltholes to escape growing anger over financial inequality?

Irrigation lobbyists seek easier cash

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Irrigation lobbyists plan to meet Government ministers to push for easier investment terms for major irrigation projects.

Operators not passing on fuel cuts

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Large rural freight firms have already passed on lower fuel prices in their charges to farmers, but small players in the sector have not.

ANZCO founder funds Lincoln chair

Lower value of key commodities such as iron ore and coal have helped double the trade deficit.

Sir Graeme Harrison wants the position to help change how NZ businesses engage through value supply chains.

Fight on to halt rapid march of the wildings

TODAY: A poisoning campaign has killed much of the pines.

Another battle being fought in the same area firefighters struggling to contain massive central South Island fire.

Arm amputated below elbow

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A man who had part of his arm amputated is more concerned with how workmates are coping, than feeling sorry for himself.

Dairy, lamb skid on oil slick

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Tumbling fuel prices have a sting in the tail for farmers, with predictions that oil-producing countries' appetite for dairy products and lamb will shrink.

Farm worker loses part of arm

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21-year-old man got his arm stuck in a hay-making machine on a farm near Dipton.

Deer farmers battling euro headwinds

Venison prices have been pegged back by the pesky euro.

Deer farmers have struck a sickly euro that is taking the gloss off venison prices.

Purple plant has potential to cause strife

NOXIOUS WEED: Purple loosestrife.

A purple-coloured plant producing two million seeds a year could cause strife to Canterbury farmers unless detected early.

Kiwi earns China science gong

GREEN GRASS OF HOME: Phil Rolston’s pasture wisdom is sought after in both New Zealand and China.

AgResearch scientist Dr Phil Rolston has been awarded China's highest science award for his contribution to agriculture there.

Dry weather hits lamb prices

Taranaki Ewe, Lamb and ram Fair at the Stratford Saleyards. Sheep.

Lamb prices drift down as farmers sell off higher stock numbers in dry conditions.

Natural glow is partly our fault

Glow-in-the-dark blue waves caused by the phenomenon known as harmful algal bloom or 'red tide', are seen at night near Sam Mun Tsai beach in Hong Kong.

Eerie fluorescence off Hong Kong's seashore is magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic.

Farmers want to tap Tekapo

SERENE: Lake Tekapo at its wintry best.

Taking water from Lake Tekapo merits discussion, despite a negative economic report, Federated Farmers' national president says.

Farm sales resilient

Farm land sale values increase.

Farm sales fell in the last quarter of 2014 but remained strong for the year.

Zespri monitoring Chinese 'situation'

Allow four years for the plants to begin producing.

Nine staff have reportedly been arrested at the Chinese importers the kiwifruit firm uses.

Interest in irrigation share offer overflows

Waitaki River

Rush of demand for shares gives North Otago Irrigation Company confidence in its $53m expansion, chief says.

Agriculture college chief hospitalised

Donovan Wearing is the chief executive of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, based near Masterton.

Chief executive of the country’s largest agricultural training centre is in a critical condition in hospital.

Guy visits parched Canterbury video

Shannon Volunteer Fire Brigade - Official Opening of the Shannon Fire Station Extension. From left; Mike Hall (NZ Fire Service CEO & National Commander), Dame Margaret Bazley (Chairperson NZ Fire Service Commission), Nathan Guy (MP for Otaki) and Wayne Hurunui (Shannon's Chief Fire Officer).

Minister for Primary Industries sees how close parts of a dry Canterbury are to becoming drought ridden.

Ponds running dry

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Farmers on new $115-million irrigation storage scheme have been forced to ration water as its ponds remain low.

Jury throws out TB charge

Graham and Tasha Galway lost thousands of dollars on the sale of their herd.

Farmer choked back tears as trial verdict ends costly six-year ordeal to clear his name.

Water not just a pipe dream

The Central Plains Water scheme is a month ahead of schedule.

When the norwesters keep blowing rain on the Southern Alps and drying out the plains, even irrigators can feel anxious.

SFF candidate wants reform

FIONA HANCOX: "Farmers are really hurting, and are concerned about the viability of their farming businesses."

Silver Fern Farms board hopeful Fiona Hancox says the frustration and financial pain among sheep farmers is sobering.

Red-meat merger 'no magic bullet'

BALANCED APPROACH: Scale alone from combining co-operatives will not bring rewards to farmers, says Cave farmer Herstall Ulrich.

Herstall Ulrich, standing for re-election on the SFF board, thinks Fonterra model alone isn't enough to boost returns.

Resilient despite parched land

DRIED UP: Marlborough Federated Farmers president Greg Harris looks over one of the smaller dams on his parched Awatere Valley farm.

No appreciable rain has fallen since April, but Marlborough farmers know how to cope.

SFF continues cutting debt

CUTTING THE DEBT: Rob Hewett says SFF has identified opportunities to improve its debt position further.

Meat processor hopes to slice $75m debt after removing nearly $100m from the books last season.

Potential stink ends chicken farm proposal

Charter Hall has added former Inghams properties to its big buying spree.

The potential stench of 310,000 hens has proven to be the downfall of a proposed chicken farm.

An eye to the sky

Robin Goymour is 25 years retired after managing James Bull's potatoes.

Robin Goymour has been retired for years. But his brain is really active. Jill Galloway talks to him about the weather and growing potatoes for James Bull.

Agritech sector on the rise

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The sector's exports are worth $1.2 billion and could increase 10-fold, NZTE says.

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