Kiwi in final three for award

Three young agriculturalists from Australia and New Zealand are through to the final of the 2019 Zanda McDonald Award. 

The award recognises future leaders and innovative young professionals from both sides of the Tasman. 

First step to boost rural health

A tentative step has been taken toward alleviating a looming rural health professional crisis, Rural General Practice Network chief executive Dalton Kelly says.

RMA reform back on the agenda

Environment Minister David Parker is promising to repeal Resource Management Act reforms that last year removed rights of appeal for certain types of resource consent. 

The changes should be introduced to Parliament early next year.

Sprout offers agritech start-ups a growth spurt

Farm to fork agritech start-ups are being encouraged to apply for Sprout Accelerator money.

The Sprout Accelerator benefits agritech businesses that have a prototype and existing revenue but need extra support to help them grow. 

Bee disease poses a big danger

An outbreak of American foulbrood in Mid Canterbury beehives highlights industry concern that changing growth trends pose a high risk of a serious disease event, industry leaders say.

Five new Nuffield scholars named

Five Nuffield scholarships have been awarded for 2019.

They have gone to two dairy farmers, a sheep and beef farmer, an arable farmer and an analyst.

Trade war means NZ picking sides

A strategy is needed for New Zealand to avoid the worst effects of a new cold war between China and the United States, Rabobank Asia-Pacific strategist Michael Every says.

Prickett takes on role at Pamu

Freshwater campaigner Marnie Prickett has earned herself a seat at the table advising the country’s largest farming company on its environmental policies and direction. As a new member and chairwoman of Pamu’s Environmental Reference Group she intends to continue prodding the state-owned enterprise to greater levels of environmental responsibility, underpinned by a sense of excitement and urgency. She spoke to Richard Rennie.

Foreigners eye sustainable foods

A $250 million horticultural development fund is already three-quarters subscribed revealing an international appetite for investment in New Zealand food production.