Farmer confidence lifts

Confidence in the agricultural sector has rebounded strongly from its fall in March with fewer farmers now concerned about covid impacts on the rural economy, the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey says.

Deaths prompt nitrate warning

Widespread cases of nitrate poisoning on farms across the North Island have prompted calls for farmers to test their pasture before allowing stock to graze it.

Banks lending but getting picky

Some banks appear to be making a play for a greater share of the rural lending market but a financial adviser warns the overall trend is for banks to reduce lending to the sector.

Primary sector groups cost $1.4m

Reports from two Government-appointed working groups that have so far cost taxpayers $1.4 million should be released in the next week or so.

Milne heads back to the land

Retiring Federated Farmers president Katie Milne says it’s been one hell of a ride but it’s been a privilege and rewarding to lead the national federation. She talked to Annette Scott.

Agritech pushes country up charts

New Zealand has been judged a stand-out country to establish an agritech start-up but the ability of new companies to penetrate globally remains an Achilles heel for global reach.