Ravensdown PGP boosted

Ravensdown's Primary Growth Partnership programme has been extended to cover more geographic areas so its research outputs will be valid for 90% of hill country.

Grains market looks good

Mixed indicators driving volatility in the global grains market are not expected to affect better times in the local domestic industry, Federated Farmers grains chairman Brian Leadley says.

No plans to abandon GMO caution

The Government has no plans to loosen rules on genetically modified organisms despite a ryegrass developed here with the technology reducing greenhouse gas and nitrate emissions.

Ballance fined for discharge

Ballance Agri-Nutrients has been fined $82,500 for an unauthorised discharge of sulphur dioxide into air from its fertiliser plant in Mount Maunganui. 

It pleaded guilty.

Advocates keen for hemp crops

There are big opportunities for New Zealand with industrial hemp and law changes expected before the end of the year are tagged to bring them to reality.

Early grass trials promising

Early field trials have affirmed laboratory results an AgResearch-developed genetically modified ryegrass offers environmental and productivity benefits though New Zealand laws might prevent it from ever being grown here.

Bumper harvest boosts confidence

Rises in both yields and prices have provided a much needed confidence boost in a complete turnaround for maize growers.

Demand grows for cherry land

Demand for land to grow cherries has been a significant recent feature of the Central Otago rural property market.

Slow process for weevil money

Wairarapa farmers facing the third year of a ban on growing peas want the Primary Industries Ministry to stump up with promised compensation.