Agriculture’s future safe in NZ

Despite the views of industry futurists the sun will never set on New Zealand agriculture but there is work to be done, agrifood expert Professor Keith Woodford says.

Tech gives power over evolution

New gene editing techniques will allow precise genetic changes never before possible in crop and livestock breeding and New Zealand plant breeders are urging policy makers revise the law.

Move will boost joint ventures

Moving PGG Wrightson’s seeds and grain staff to a new building on the AgResearch site at Lincoln will boost their joint-venture businesses, general manager John McKenzie says.

Take care with winter grazing

A campaign encouraging farmers to think about winter grazing management practices has begun with a focus on selecting the most appropriate paddocks for feed crops.

Nufarm to bolster balance sheet

Crop protection group Nufarm is raising more than A$300 million to bolster its balance sheet after severe drought in Australia put a hole in its earnings.

The new cash will also help fund its growth strategy, directors said.

Seeds buyer makes its case

Danish firm DLF Seeds says its research capability makes it a strong potential buyer of PGG Wrightson’s grains and seeds business.

It wants Commerce Commission clearance for the $421 million purchase announced in August.

Croppers relish mill chance

Cropping farmers are relishing the long-term opportunities sprouting from Champion Flour Milling’s national contract to supply Countdown supermarkets.

But Federated Farmers grains vice chairman Brian Leadley said growers will need time to plan.