AgResearch, Lincoln hook-up rejected

A joint AgResearch and Lincoln University laboratory to be built on the university campus has been scuppered after the Government rejected the business case.

MPI holds on to submissions

The Ministry of Primary Industries will not release submissions to its review of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act before the Government decides what its response will be.

That is not expected before the middle of the year.

Tenure review set to end

The end to the tenure review process of South Island pastoral leases looks imminent, the measure included in a suite of reforms to be announced by Lands Minister Eugenie Sage on Sunday.

Big revamp for skills trainers

A complete shake-up of the vocational training sector will see redefined roles and the 16 industry training providers brought under the control of one centralised entity.

Meat and finance boost ALF

Allied Farmers has confirmed its strong start to the financial year, saying earnings for the six months to December 31 will be significantly ahead of the same time a year earlier.

Overseas affairs make farmers glum

Farmers are gloomy about the economy and have the least confidence since the global financial crisis, Federated Farmers says.

International uncertainties and difficulty recruiting staff are behind the glum outlook, the federation’s latest survey of farmers found.

Farmers’ major worry is red tape

Rules and regulations are the major anxiety for New Zealand farmers while environmental regulation also scores highly, a Lincoln University survey has found.

Farmers in fear

Farmers were living in fear of the unpredictable Tasman fire today as they talked of narrow escapes while worrying about their stock.