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.

Energy rules increase emissions

Large areas of tree planting will play a major role in New Zealand’s targeted low greenhouse gas emissions future but the country has to accept energy security will rely on a role for the oil and gas sectors for many years to come, energy group PEPANZ says.

Rural Equities expands tree area

Corporate farmer Rural Equities plans to plant 250ha of reverted scrub and gorse on its Waikoha pastoral farm in Waikato in radiata pine trees over the next year.

Scots farmers don’t want NZ deal

Scotland's farming leaders want the British government to go back to the drawing board on new free-trade agreements (FTAs) with New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

Extension tentacles reach farmers

A pioneer Northland farm extension project has won the 2018 Economic Development New Zealand award for best practice in sustainable development.

Stability likely to last

Global market stability is good news for farmers fearing a crash after exceptionally high lamb prices this year.

Most reports signal some easing in prices is expected but farmers can put to bed their fears of a repeat of 2012’s market crash, AgriHQ analyst Rachel Agnew said.