After 10 years away from Invercargill and with 32 years' banking experience, David Backhurst has returned to take the reins of SBS Bank's agribusiness and business banking arm.
With questions hanging over the fiscal transparency of Zespri's offshore subsidiaries, worse may be yet to come out of China for the single-desk statutory monopoly.
The president of Federated Farmers has been labelled "gutless and arrogant" after cancelling a shipment of feed to drought-stricken Hawke's Bay farmers (which is now back on) and claiming they should have been better organised.
The Commerce Commission is seeking more information from farmers and others who entered into a financial derivative product known as interest rate swaps.
Cider Australia, a coalition of cider growers, producers and manufacturers, is resisting lobbying efforts in Canberra by the spirits industry to overhaul the way alcohol is taxed that would quadruple the tax on a glass of cider.
Australian analysts have described the grain trading room as a "bloodbath" over the Easter period, following a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) stocks and planting report that released a series of surprisingly bearish numbers.
The 2013 Southland Ballance Farm Environment Awards dinner will be held at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill on April 10.
Farmers have been asked to provide more information about the sale of interest rate swaps to the rural sector.
Farmers are being urged to keep banks, accountants and farm advisers in the information loop as the hard season progresses.
Zespri's alleged links to the under-declaration of customs duties in China are to be investigated by industry body NZKGI.
A genetically modified fungus with the impressive title Beauveria bassiana has caused a stir within the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Kiwis could hear from next week if fresh milk and other dairy prices at the supermarket chiller are heading up because of surging world prices.
One of the world's leading judges of the South African Boer goat breed believes New Zealand has missed an opportunity to capitalise on huge worldwide demand for goat meat.
After being named champion school steer, a Limousin steer exhibited by The King's School, Australia, was also awarded the title of champion steer overall from the school and open steer entries.
Japan's Prime Minister Abe has announced the country will take part in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) discussions, and reinforced the importance of Japan taking the lead of the rule making of the economic framework while possible.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has won its appeal in the Supreme Court of Australia to uphold a $40,000 fine and 15-month disqualification against former AWB chief financial officer Paul Ingleby.
Vigorous moves by Australian beef exporters to get a bigger slice of the South East Asia and China markets will be met with an equal share of competitive energy by their US counterparts, a visiting meat industry analyst said this week.
Hundreds of farmers frustrated with volatile lamb prices called for consolidation of the red meat industry at a meeting in Gore yesterday.
Red meat farmers have gathered in Gore today to discuss the future of the sheep, beef and venison industries.
Farmers have voted in favour of spending almost $20 million on a programme to save the meat industry.
Hundreds of frustrated Southland and Otago farmers are to ask meat companies to develop a Fonterra-like structure.
It's an end of an era for CRT. The South Island-based co-operative will soon be known as Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd after it merged with North Island-based Farmlands last week.
Southland sheep farmers will see their profits almost halved this year.
A desire for food that tastes "just like off my grandfather's tree" is behind a boom in organic produce, a greengrocer says.
Irish farmer Thomas Clinton is taking a back seat from steering his Southland-based business Premier Dairies
Frustrated Southland farmers have spoken out against a plan to spend almost $20 million of farmer reserves on a programme to save the meat industry, saying the focus needs to change.
A clearing sale on Saturday marked the end of an era for a property owned by a prominent Southland athlete.
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but you'll certainly be paying for the health benefits, according to the latest food price inflation figures.
Global dairy commodity prices are continuing to trend up, due to weather extremes in the main milk producing countries, says Rabobank.
Half-year profit for farmer shareholders of dairy genetics co-operative Livestock Improvement Corporation is up $2 million.
Australian wool merchant Lempriere is just a whisker away from reaching the 90 per cent shareholding it needs to take over New Zealand's largest wool exporter, Wool Services International.
An agricultural team from British supermarket chain Sainsbury's will visit a successful Athol Valley farm next month as part of a tour of Southland export lamb producers.
An agricultural equipment manufacturer buys a milk storage and cooling systems provider in a move designed to improve integrated support for farmers.
OPINION: It's one step forward, two steps back for ambitious meat marketer Silver Fern Farms.
Meat processor and exporter Alliance Group has secured a deal to supply lamb, beef and venison to a popular New Zealand restaurant in Singapore.
Rabbit populations in Central Otago are not decreasing despite the ORC enforcing management plans to eradicate the pests.