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Cracker kiwifruit season for Zespri

Gold kiwifruit sales increased from 32.6 million trays in 2015/16 to 48.5 million trays.

Last year's kiwifruit season outperformed every year to date, with high value and volume.

Family farm changes with times over 154 years

Anne and Paul Jarman on the farm at Essendon, near Darfield in Canterbury.

In their 154 years on the same Canterbury land, Paul Jarman's family has lived through enormous change in farming, from wheat to lamb and now dairy farming.

Mixed bag for meat and arable farmers

Lamb prices have surprised this year, while a forecast price rise in wool failed to eventuate.

Sheep, beef, and cropping farmers had an up and down farming year in Southland.

Dunedin company celebrates 150 years

Henry Harraway's great-granddaughters Carol Ball and Dorothy Duffy at Harraway's 150th celebrations in Auckland.

Harraways is celebrating 150 years of oats.

Zespri boosts its Japanese market

Zespri's kiwifruit exports to Japan earned $500 million last season.

 The Japanese can't get enough of New Zealand kiwifruit.

Baccy battle back on

Tobacco grower Laurie Jury with tobacco plants at his Pangatotara farm in Motueka Valley. (File photo)

Customs is trying to overturn a ruling that it should return the tobacco it seized from a Motueka grower

Long road to recovery from Psa

Boxes of green kiwifruit are stored in Whitehall's refrigerated warehouse next to the packhouse.

Mark and Robyn Gardiner have gone through Psa and are out the other side.

No excuses, farmers can recycle

Robert McCarthy, left, Chris Hartshorne and Grant McCarthy with the new truck dedicated to Plasback collection.

Two companies are making it easy for farmers to recycle plastic waste and dispose of unwanted chemicals.

Farmer environmentalists protect land

Farmers have followed the example of the late environmentalist Gordon Stephenson, pictured here with wife Celia.

More than 4300 properties have established covenanted areas over the past 40 years.

New Waikato Fed Farmers head from Te Aroha

Andrew McGiven is the new Waikato provincial president of Federated Farmers.

Waikato Federated Farmers has a new president.

Organic farmer's relaxed lifestyle

Hawarden, North Canterbury, organic farmer Dave Fincham.

Making farming as easy as possible and not seeking perfection hasn't stopped farmer Dave Fincham from turning a profit.

New Kaikoura quake fund video

Civil Defence Minister Nathan Guy visits Kaikoura to see the recovery process.

Minister Nathan Guy announces a $5m package to support farmers and growers dealing with the Kaikoura earthquake.

Funding upgrade for North Otago irrigation scheme

The contrast between irrigated and non-irrigated land in the Waitaki Valley. The KDIC community-based scheme was ...

Kurow Duntroon Irrigation Company (KDIC) has been granted $388,000 towards the update and expansion of its existing irrigation infrastructure. 

Poor harvest for South Canterbury

Federated Farmers South Canterbury arable chairman Mike Porter says farmers had faced a challenging harvest.

Constant autumn rain spells disaster for crops, and spirits are low among farmers.

Waikato farmer eyes top dairy job

Chris Lewis will not seek re-election as Waikato Federated Farmers president after three years in the role.

Chris Lewis will step down after three years as Waikato Federated Farmers president at its annual meeting.

Marijuana stigma sticks

Hemp seed can now be sold as food, but hemp growers say the new rules do not go far enough.

Hemp seed can now be sold as food, but drug fears mean new rule falls short, say NZ hemp growers.

Packing a golden punch

A new packing system in cool stores will help to maintain fruit quality.

New kiwifruit variety is helping a Franklin company pave a pathway of gold.

Wanted: naughty pukekos

Who was behind the Massey vegetable attack? Pukekos.

Massey University takes action to deal with pesky pukekos, as birds uproot kumara crops.

Lest we forget

Anzac Day is a chance to reflect on those people from farming families who went to war.

 Andrew Jolly reflects on the courage shown by rural families whose members went to war.

High country beekeepers buck trend

Alison and Peter Bell and son Tom working bees in the Mackenzie Country.

Mid Canterbury's high country beekeepers elude a horror honey season.

Timaru ploughman off to Germany

Bob Mehrtens, winner of the reversible competition at the NZ Ploughing contest at Kirwee, Canterbury

Ploughing stalwart Bob Mehrtens from Timaru will represent New Zealand at the world ploughing contest

Water users face new regime with trepidation

Lake Opuha is 100 per cent per cent full, after a period when inflows were higher than outflows.

Ecan is reviewing minimum flow and potential water allocation restrictions in the Fairlie Basin. This is making some water users nervous.

Vege prices rocket after floods

The wet weather has meant extensive damage to crops and higher vege prices for customers.

Storms wipe out green vegetable crops, causing shortages across the country.

Farmers should bite the bullet, get consented

Lime is sprayed over a farm alongside Lake Ellesmere on a strong northerly day, blowing the lime into the lake.

Farmers must see consented farming in a positive light, says arable farmer Dave Birkett.

Farmers jubilant over rain at last

Lynda Murchison, president of North Canterbury Federated Farmers says everyone got a "good dollop" of rain.

After three years of drought struggles, North Canterbury farmers are relieved to see rain fall.

Zespri takes golden bids

Gold3, the new gold kiwifruit setting export records is more tolerant to Psa, has more complex flavours, is bigger and ...

The latest sale of Zespri gold licences reflects the high level of confidence in the industry.

To be or not to be GE-free

Hawke's Bay organic grower John Bostock says GE-free status is a "huge opportunity" for the local agricultural economy.

Councils can declare themselves GE-free after Maori Party says it forced Nick Smith to back down, but confusion remains.

Illegal China kiwifruit claim

Gold3, the new gold kiwifruit setting export records.

Zespri believes kiwifruit plant material was sent to China from NZ illegally to grow gold varieties.

Wineries brace for Debbie

Cyclone Debbie afternoon

Nelson winemakers are racing to save their vintage as the cyclone threatens to destroy grapes still on the vine.

NZ breaks wheat growing record

Ashburton arable farmer Eric Watson has broken the world wheat growing record.

Record set by NZ farmers has been accepted into the Guinness Book of Records.

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