Plant rights law review starting

Seed breeders have welcomed further progress towards reform of New Zealand’s outdated plant laws. 

A Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment discussion paper is the latest step in the process to update the Plant Varieties Rights Act to align it with international standards.

Pea imports astound local grower

A disconnect with end users is hampering cropping farmers’ ability to push the virtues of the quality products they produce, Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers arable chairwoman Joanne Burke says.

Local contract a big arable win

A big multi-year supply contract to Countdown supermarkets for local wheat and grain is regarded by the arable industry as a breakthrough.

Until this year the in-house bakeries of the more than 180 Countdown supermarkets used premixed ingredients produced here and imported from Australia.

Fertiliser research to carry on

A new lease on Canterbury’s Winchmore Research Station will ensure long-term fertiliser research will continue.

Grain shortage is on the cards

Despite a lower yielding 2017 season growers remain positive about the future of cropping but there’s less seed going in the ground this year.

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.