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Hort boom fueled by declining tariffs

The humble onion earns $112 million a year in export earnings. High school student Lincoln Roper, 16, is the youngest ...

While tariffs are reducing, the horticulture industry is facing rising numbers of non-tariff barriers to exports.

Wet spring spears asparagus yield

The fungal disease Phytophthora rot affects the base of the asparagus spear.

A cold and wet spring has North Island asparagus growers in short supply. 

Knotty posts become tyre-some

Vineyard posts being removed to make way for a housing development.

Treated vineyard posts could be reduced to charcoal, then used to make car tyres.

Be informed before deciding on plan change

Farmers can go online to access information on the Healthy Rivers plan change on Federated Farmers' website.

OPINION: Farmers can make a more informed decision on the Healthy Rivers Plan for Change now that Federated Farmers has updated its website.

Rockit apple court wrangle

Phil Alison, the man behind the Rockit apple which is enjoying success in Asian markets in particular.

The Rockit mini-apple has been an export success story, but shareholders have had a falling out.

1000 more overseas workers

Seasonal workers in a Nelson apple packhouse.

'Relief' as Government increases the number of Pacific Islanders eligible to work in orchards and market gardens.

Gold kiwifruit plantings on rise

The last of Zespri’s 67 charter vessels of this season leaves the Port of Tauranga with kiwifruit destined for the ...

Surging SunGold sales have convinced Zespri to grow more of the popular kiwifruit variety.

Plan change uncertainty in rural market

Farmers are delaying decisions to buy property because of uncertainty over the Healthy Rivers plan change.

Confusion around Healthy Rivers Plan for Change is turning people away from buying and selling rural property.

Zespri develops in Middle East

Zespri kiwifruit sold in a Dubai supermarket.

Kiwifruit sales are mounting in the Middle East where local customs must be respected.

Top-up for aquifers and farmer morale

Federated Farmers provincial chairman Mark Adams says the optimal spring will allow farmers to begin to build resilience.

A fantastic spring for South Canterbury farmers is setting them up well for the summer.

GM and conventional crops can co-exist

Federated Farmers national president, scientist and farmer believes gene editing offers an exciting new level of plant ...

Gene editing offers an exciting new level of plant breeding with little downside, say scientists.

Farmer group backs study findings

Farmers for Positive Change have supported the findings of the Farm Environment Plan Project.

The Waikato Federated Farmers Farm Environment Plan Project's findings have largely been backed by the group Farmers for Positive Change.

NZ apples fetch premium in Europe

Managing director of T&G ENZA Continent, Tony Fissette, whose family has been involved in marketing New Zealand apples ...

He's been marketing New Zealand apples in Europe for decades, and regards them as the world's best.

Canterbury irrigators acting responsibly

A centre pivot irrigator in the MacKenzie basin.Canterbury's farmers are acting prudently with their irrigation early season.

Canterbury's farmer-irrigators are acting prudently for the most part.

Agrarian revolution coming

Meat grown in a laboratory, as seen in Europe, is part of a coming agrarian revolution that presents huge opportunities ...

The New Zealand primary sector cannot afford to be complacent as it sits on the verge of a new agrarian revolution.

Dairy group backs tough land use rules

Waikato Dairy Leaders Group chairman Michael Spaans.

The Waikato Dairy Leaders Group are supporting the region's new rules around land use change.

Dry summer for South Canty farmers

South Canterbury and the eastern Mackenzie Country could be looking at another dry summer.

Another dry spell could lay head for some South Canterbury farmers.

Talley's adds kale to freezer

Talley's Marlborough area manager Matt Loose with kale crop at Seaview.

For nearly 30 years Talley's was synonymous with peas in Marlborough, but now it's growing kale and spinach.

Peru bears fruit for T&G

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, Oscar Barton T&G Peru and New Zealand ambassador to Peru and Chile, Jacqui Caine.

The Peruvian desert is a source of table grapes for NZ-based T&G Global.

Avocados hold for Thai mourning

An in-store avocado demonstration in Thailand.

NZ exports take a back seat after the death of Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Food safety rules can help businesses

New legislation will help ensure the safety of food bought at markets and foodstalls.

Food safety regulation lets customers know the food they are buying is safe to eat.

The wastewater, horses and sheep jigsaw

Farm manager Bevan Oliver and environment auditor Scott Hobbs-Turner in a block of 10-month old irrigated lucerne.

Takapau's Arran Station is home to the annual national eventing championships, but it's no ordinary farm.

Ballance awards will go ahead in Taranaki

Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards Trust chairman Alistair Abbott is disappointed at the low number of entries in ...

The 2017 Taranaki's Ballance Taranaki Farm Environment Awards will proceed.

Champion plougher obsessed

Marlborough farmer and champion ploughman Ian Woolley.

A Marlborough man is helping push the little known sport of ploughing back into the limelight.

Hail blitzes kiwifruit orchard

Lower Moutere orchardist inspects his green kiwifruit vines  which were stripped by hail in last Friday's storm.

Mother Nature has again proved to be a hard mistress to Motueka's orchardists.

Berry grower top rural woman

Marian Hirst from Bay Blueberries with rows of flowering bushes.

Bees mean berries and right now the Hawke's Bay orchard is full of black and yellow winged helpers.

Damage double whammy for growers video

Lower Moutere orchardist Ian Palmer from Motueka.

Hail hit Tasman orchards during the last two spring seasons. This year bought a double dose.

Storm could be costly

Downpours hit Nelson on Friday morning.

A heavy hailstorm which pelted Motueka on Friday may be bad news for kiwifruit growers.

Kiwifruit sales swell in Europe video

Some of the props used by Zespri's European marketers.

It's one thing to grow and pack kiwifruit, but then it has to be sold. That's where Zespri's European-based marketing team comes in.

Grape benefits from soil expert

Soil consultant Matt Oliver uses a range of environmental, social and financial tools to help grape growers better ...

A 'natural' growing system can never be controlled, instead it can only be managed.

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