Gluckman says GM key to emissions-reducing innovation

New Zealand needs to consider its moratorium on genetic modification techniques to access the most promising innovations that would reduce agricultural emissions, says Peter Gluckman in his final report as the Prime Minister’s chief science advisor.

U-turn gives dam green light

The controversial Waimea dam has the green light to proceed after Tasman District Council reversed a vote made only 10 days ago, pushing the dam over the line by 9-5. 

Tough job to get staff

Labour hungry farmers and primary industry employers face stiff competition for school leavers with regional unemployment below 5%, secondary school teachers are warning.

Make jobs attractive to youth

Farmers need to change their approach to employment conditions to encourage more people to work for them, Federated Farmers employment spokesman Chris Lewis says.

Jones goes in to bat for rural customers

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones is seeking details on whether banks can operate in regional hubs and if Kiwibank can replace branches being closed.

He waded into the issue of banks closing provincial branches saying the predominantly Australian-owned institutions make huge profits from New Zealand so owe it to the regions to retain a presence.

UK farmers resigned to post-Brexit change

New Zealand’s most valuable sheep meat market could be thrown into disarray unless agreement can be reached in coming weeks for the United Kingdom’s orderly exit from the European Union.

Milk price faces downward risk

The sixth price index fall of the past seven Global Dairy Trade auctions has prompted analysts to warn dairy farmers Fonterra’s recently trimmed $6.75/kg milksolids forecast might not be sustainable.

MPI funds farmer welfare support

MID Canterbury farmers affected by Mycoplasma bovis have a new support line through a dedicated welfare team.

With Ashburton District having one of the highest incidence rates of M bovis restricted properties, the Ministry for Primary Industries under its official response programme has come up with funding to enable the welfare support.

Alliance rebrands as food company

Alliance Group is marking the next stage in its transition to a food and solutions company with the launch of a new corporate identity ahead of the co-operative’s annual farmer roadshow.

Reverend provides buying power

The social enterprise Reverend Craig Dixon inspired in Christchurch 30 years ago is spreading nationwide, spurred by demand for healthy, affordable food.

His FoodTogether group in Canterbury is retailing bags of fruit and vegetables bought wholesale for a third of supermarket prices.