Daily Digest: June 16, 2021

Fieldays plays host to a sector at the crossroads

National Fieldays is under way at Mystery Creek and with farm returns looking pretty good at the moment, vendors will be hoping for a positive mood and a splash of cash.

My Daily Digest: June 15, 2021

Making history come to life


We can learn a lot from history.

The problem is that the history we are taught is often one-dimensional, written from a single perspective.

But that’s beginning to change and it’s a change for the better when it comes to New Zealand food production.

My Daily Digest: June 14, 2021

Ute got to be kidding me

With excellent prices for most commodities at the moment, it seems the only problem New Zealand food producers presently face is securing the labour and supply chains to get all that produce to market.

My Daily Digest: June 11, 2021

Volunteers lend a hand

They say every cloud has a silver lining and that’s certainly been the case in Canterbury during the past couple of weeks.

My Daily Digest: June 10, 2021

Border relaxation a drop in the bucket

It might have taken longer than they had hoped, but farmers and growers will welcome the Government’s move to allow extra dairy workers and vets into the country, as well as extending working holiday visas by six months.

My Daily Digest: June 9, 2021

Climate Change Commission’s stance predictable

It should come as no real surprise that, for agriculture anyway, the Climate Change Commission’s final report to the Government contains little real change from the draft plan it released earlier this year.

My Daily Digest: June 8, 2021

Rural contributions deserve recognition

Contributions in sports and the arts may have claimed much of the attention following the release of the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours, but it was nice to see services to the rural sector also recognised.

My Daily Digest: June 4, 2021

Breeding for profit


The bull selling season has begun and studs across the country will put their best on offer over the coming weeks.

My Daily Digest: June 3, 2021

Will the levy break?


Beef and Lamb New Zealand is going to farmers right now to ask for another six-year endorsement.

It’s looking to raise the levy charged to farmers a touch and has brought its work around the environment into the core of its advocacy.

My Daily Digest: June 2, 2021

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em


Zespri has a problem.

It’s not the record production it booked last year. And, it’s not the worker shortage that’s put a spanner in the harvest works.