Farmers held back on green changes

A lack of knowledge is hindering farmers from reducing biological emissions from livestock despite a study showing they can be cut by 10% if every farmer adopts known best practice management.

Targets too tough

Livestock farmers need a greenhouse gas-reducing silver bullet to survive inclusion in the Emissions Trading Scheme because available mitigation measures are inadequate to meet reduction targets.

US sanctions hit kiwi exports

Exporters of primary products are being forced to fall into line with United States President Donald Trump’s efforts to squeeze Iran’s economy with ever-tighter sanctions.

The dairy industry, in particular, has highly rated Iran with more than a billion dollars in sales there since 2012.

Pamu breaks ranks with farmers

Claims Landcorp is taking a leadership role in advocating new agricultural taxes in its submission to the Tax Working Group ring hollow for National Party agriculture spokesman Nathan Guy.

Scales hikes interim dividend

Scales Corp will pay a bigger interim dividend than a year ago and says it might exceed annual earnings guidance with all its units tracking ahead of 2017.

Venture improves exporters’ hand

A new freight venture aims to give exporters more leverage around the negotiating table with an increasingly smaller number of shipping companies servicing the South Pacific.

Bearing 360 is a joint venture freight company established between big wood products company Oji Fibre and freight solutions business Netlogix.

Farmers need more gas know-how

Biological emissions from livestock can be reduced by 10% if every farmer adopts known best practice management, a new report says.

Smith keen to work with farmers

New primary industries director-general Ray Smith is a self-acclaimed passionate Kiwi who wants his fifth generation New Zealand children to experience a bit of the NZ he grew up with. He talked to Annette Scott on a visit to meet farmers in Ashburton.

A move to the city

In a grass market season like this one Stu and Sue Thomson would usually be flat-out trading lambs on their North Canterbury farm.

Not this summer.

Dairy to pay bulk of M bovis costs

The dairy industry will wear most of the industry’s share of the cost of the Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme.