Rotorua farmers dodge bullet

The Environment Court’s interim decision to uphold Plan Change 10 rules for nitrogen allocation in Rotorua Lakes District has been welcomed by farmers as a win for common sense and rural communities.

Sector mainly open to GE review

Calls to rework genetic engineering regulations have been largely welcomed by the primary sector as producers seek out options to deal with gas emissions, nutrient loses and market opportunities for healthier produce.

Lincoln to remain independent

Lincoln University has welcomed the decision by Education Minister Chris Hipkins to shelve the proposal for a formal partnership with Canterbury University.

Debt down despite balance slide

Despite plunging Fonterra share prices and soft land values hitting their balance sheets Waikato dairy farmers have managed to put some debt to bed over the past year and will continue to do so this season.

Bank plans put pressure on farmers

The Reserve Bank dropped the Official Cash Rate to 1% on August 8 but the effect will take a long time to show up in reduced farmers’ interest rates, if ever. Hugh Stringleman looks at the background to the shifting balance between farmers and their financiers.

Banks want farm billions back

Floating farm mortgage rates and some fixed rates fell after the Reserve Bank slashed the Official Cash Rate but not all farmers are benefiting.

Ministers snubbed methane advice

Conflicting advice on methane reduction targets the Government should adopt is being blamed by Climate Change Minister James Shaw on differences over how to restrict global warming to less than 1.5C.

Future in value, not volume

The primary sector’s future lies in more value rather than more volume, Environment, Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker says.

Hi-tech planes save farmers cash

Ravensdown hopes to have all 13 planes in its aerial topdressing fleet set up for the IntelliSpread mapping and application technology by 2021.