Grain sector sees bold future

New Zealand is behind other countries in developing and investing in plant-based food ingredients and it’s time to bite the bullet, Plant Research managing director Adrian Russell says.

Success from the ground up

Future Post is leading change in on-farm sustainability with its new environmentally friendly fence post that won the top Agricultural Innovation award at this year’s Fieldays.

Discussion focus on alternative land use

A seminar to promote land use diversification is being held in Hawke’s Bay this month.

The event, hosted by Business Hawke’s Bay (BHB) with support from Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and the Primary Industries Ministry aims to be hands-on and informative for landowners and investors.

Farm credits on table

The Government is considering letting farmers use riparian planting and shelter belts to offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

To qualify now, vegetation must meet area, height and canopy cover criteria which primary sector leaders claim favours plantation forestry and ignores the carbon sequestering function of most farmland.

OIO review brought forward a year

The Government has brought forward by a year a review into the screening of foreign forestry investors in response to concerns from rural leaders that large-scale tree planting is destroying communities.

Iwi land makes strong income

Maori business investment through iwi ownership is playing an increasing role in the primary sector.

Statistics New Zealand said Maori authority businesses generated a record surplus before tax of $720 million in 2017. 

Lessees welcome land changes

High country pastoral lessees are welcoming some changes to the way Land Information manages their leases but are reserving judgment on others.

The farms of the country’s 170 remaining pastoral lessees will now be inspected at least every two years by their landlord, Land Information, a move High Country Accord spokesman Philip Todhunter from Rakaia in Mid Canterbury says should enhance their relationship.

Banker says recession is looming

New Zealand is on the brink of a recession, BNZ research head Stephen Toplis says.

And the big issue is the lack of ability to grow the slowing economy.

Tech takes knife to food purity

Modern technology hooking a heated surgical knife to a mass spectrometer gives cancer surgeons a real time indication of what to cut and what to leave, based on the smoke’s molecular content. Now the same technology is giving AgResearch scientists deep insights into food’s make-up, provenance and purity. After seeing it displayed at Mystery Creek Richard Rennie spoke to scientist Dr Alastair Ross.

Ag visa can cut labour deficit

The National Party is proposing a primary sector visa to allow the primary industries to more easily bring in migrant workers.