KiwiRail backs up on fees

Kiwirail has backed down from elements of its proposed policy to manage private crossings of the rail corridor, including the $750 annual inspection fee it was going to charge neighbouring landowners.

Endeavour Fund unlocks $249 million for research

A focus on science investment into biosecurity and freshwater management are included in the latest funding round from the country’s largest contestable research source, the Endeavour Fund.

Rural power isn’t subsidised

Urban power consumers are not subsidising people in rural areas, the Electricity Price Review Group says in its report to the Government.

Providing services to rural consumers generally costs more than into urban streets though many network distributor companies do not differentiate between the two sectors.

Industry-good aim drives Allison

Jock Allison has always projected an air of confidence but it is deeply rooted in science.

The 74-year-old has spent his life in agricultural science, fuelled by a love of the primary sector and a desire to help it perform better.

MPI staff will crack down on stink bugs

Biosecurity officials are promising to take tough action against cargo vessels believed to be infested with brown marmorated stink bugs during the coming risk season.

“Each arriving vessel will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis,” Biosecurity New Zealand border clearance services director Steve Gilbert said.

Trump caps kiwi dollar’s gains

The New Zealand dollar’s gains were capped overnight as United States President Donald Trump talked down reports he is seeking to settle a trade dispute with China and said the Asian nation remains under pressure to reach a deal.

Farmers fight emissions in dark

Using genetic modification to combat climate change emissions must be considered because existing mitigation measures have only limited impact, former Prime Minister’s chief science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman says.

Women want more time off farms

Rural women want more time off-farm, better sleep and more exercise to improve their wellbeing, a Farmstrong survey has found.

More than 800 farming women did the survey online or at in-depth, face-to-face interviews.

Revamp for Young Farmer contest

A major overhaul of the Young Farmer of Year contest is designed to attract more female entrants and showcase the country’s food story.

And the TeenAg competition will become the Junior Young Farmer of the Year.