AgResearch shift gets green light

AgResearch chief executive Tom Richardson.

AgResearch has got the nod from the Government to revamp its science facilities including new Lincoln and Palmerston North campuses.

Fonterra appoints new top managers

Waikato University agribusiness professor Dr Jacqueline Rowarth says it is sensible of Fonterra to make internal ...

Fonterra have appointed two people from within the organisation as senior managers.

Growing a profit

Caythorpe Family Estate grower Simon Bishell raises a glass to increased grape prices.

Marlborough grapegrowers have had their most profitable harvest in years.

Europe's chemical wars

Feilding inventor Dr John Baker with his acclaimed cross-slot drill which re-seeds without disturbing the soil but ...

As European politicians and officials row over the weedkiller Roundup, the NZ primary sector watches on cautiously.

Menloves win ewe hogget comp

Lumsden farmer Willie Menlove on hill country which has been developed.

Willie and Phillipa Menlove from Lumsden have won the national ewe hogget competition by the narrowest of margins

New kiwifruit varieties take time

A red kiwifruit variety developed by Plant & Food Research.

New Zealand's $1.9b kiwifruit industry depends on developing new novel varieties.

Estimates consistently wrong

The milk train wends its way through the Manawatu Gorge.

Confusion around payments for milk is part of the reality of being a Fonterra supplier, says Keith Woodford.

St Paul's offering agribusiness scholarships

Four agribusiness scholarships will be open to students at this years Fieldays.

Four agribusiness scholarships at St Paul's Collegiate School will be offered at the school's site at Fieldays.

The oddest fruit money can buy gallery

Is that an eggplant you're auctioning, or are you just glad to see me?

Sensual carrots, phallic eggplants, siamese apples, and busty oranges - some of the oddest fruit that have gone up for sale.

Merino farmers crack $45m deal

Reda global procurement director Fabrizio Botto Poala says a $45 million deal with merino farmers will  allow it to ...

A $45 million deal will have merino farmers supplying their fine wool to Italian wool mill Reda for five years.

Devil in the detail

Taranaki dairy farmer Nick Barrett does not support Fonterra's proposed governance structure.

OPINION: Fonterra's review is a step aimed at getting the best directors possible to govern the co-operative.

The last say

Fonterra chairman John Wilson and Fonterra Shareholders' Council deputy chairman Greg Kirkwood discuss governance and ...

As Fonterra moves to attract capable businessmen to its top table, some farmers are concerned changes to voting methods will compromise their rights as shareholders.

Environment plan identifies profit

Justin and Meg King at home on Brookwood Station at Takapau.

Completing a farm environment management plan for their regional council hasn't been the hassle a Central Hawke's Bay farming couple expected.

You never know what you're gonna get

Kirsten Bryant

In the immortal words of Forrest Gump, "Life is a box of chocolates – you never know what you're gonna get".

Time to review your farming system

Studying  the relationship between cost structure and production will help farmers determine the profitability of their ...

The old saying 'production is vanity; profit is sanity' is profound right now.

Soil's secrets

Soil fertility principles will be discussed at a seminar in New Plymouth next month. PHOTO:ROBERT CHARLES/FAIRFAXX NZ

 

Farmwalk

Farm walk.

Details of the farmwalk at the Westpac Taranaki Agricultural Research Station at Hawera for the 14 days ending on Tuesday are:

Shepherding looms large for diploma student

Marcus Elliot has a bright future in the ag industry thanks to top quality training and education and a strong work ethic.

A Massey diploma student wants to return to the hills as soon as he graduates.

Merino connection extends to Vermont

Glenthorne Station is in rugged merino country.

United States merino apparel chiefs were blown away with Canterbury's stunning high country scenery and a snow backdrop.

Job security wavers for Filipino farmers

Eric Tao-ey, left, and Charlie Llanos moved to New Zealand from the Philippines and now both work on farms where all ...

It could cost New Zealand employers $10,000 or more to recruit a Filipino worker.

Tight times unlikely to impact Fieldays

More than 120,000 people are expected to attend this year's Fieldays at Mystery Creek.

Dairy farmers facing tough times can only dream about buying big items at Fieldays, but less expensive gear is in their price range.

Yak meat seized at the border

A Tibetan woman and her child posing with their yak in front of the Karuola mountain, southwest of Lhasa. Meat from a ...

A note from her daughter wasn't enough to save a Mongolian visitor's stash of yak meat.

Where is agriculture's champion?

The gates are closed on the former Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The days when it was the farmer's one-stop shop ...

Who can farmers turn to for sound, objective independent information, asks Doug Edmeades.

Meat sales land retiree in court

Terence Daly pleaded guilty to Animal Product Act charges after selling venison to an undercover officer.

Terence Daly must complete 100 hours community work after he was nabbed by undercover agent

European fodderbeat fields to be assessed

Federated Farmers says farmers need to check their fodderbeet crops for velvetleaf, even if it is being grazed.

Six fodderbeat seedlines are confirmed to be contaminated with velvetleaf seed.

Got a spare $4 million?

The stunning historic Holme Station homestead in South Canterbury is on the market.

A historic South Canterbury homestead with ten bedrooms and six bathrooms is up for sale.

Strong links forge deep respect for land

Stu Muir and Kim Jobson are one of the first dairy farmers in the region to build a feedpad, which they use to house ...

Respect runs deep for the land at the Muir household.

Showcasing rural materials

Alice McIntyre won the avant garde category in 2015 with her windmill and wind turbine-inspired creation Turbolina.

Fieldays Ag Art Wear will once again be a favourite among Fieldays visitors.

Sweet pairing

Putake Honey director Renee De Luca says the joint venture with Comvita will help grow the company.

Natural food company Comvita and a Marlborough honey company have started a multi-million dollar joint venture.

Wellness through awareness

Belinda MacDonald and Neena Truscott will be showcasing their nourishing, fresh food at Fieldays.

Belinda MacDonald and Neena Truscott will be showcasing their nourishing, fresh food at Fieldays.

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