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Daily Digest: September 21, 2020

Property bounce back a positive sign

The latest numbers released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand makes good reading for those involved in rural property, with farm sales for the three months ending August up 45% on the same time a year before.

Daily Digest: September 18, 2020

Supply contracts cushion open market blow

The tricky start to the fine wool season has highlighted the challenges with selling products on the commodity market.

Daily Digest: September 17, 2020

All eyes on Fonterra

Fonterra announces its annual result tomorrow morning and market watchers are predicting a pretty solid result from the big co-operative.

Daily Digest: September 16, 2020

‘Comply or explain’ climate risk mandate to be implemented 

Yesterday, the Government announced that big New Zealand companies will have to disclose the risk climate change poses to their businesses.

Daily Digest: September 15, 2020

Report highlights sector’s worth

Data from ASB shows the country is indeed the place to be after regions reliant on the primary sector filled the top nine spots in its latest quarterly regional economic scorecard.

Daily Digest: September 14, 2020

Hemp could be a cash cow for growers

As voters grapple with whether to legalise marijuana use, a new report shows hemp could give a $2 billion dollar boost to the primary sector.

Daily Digest: September 11, 2020

Farmer reactions based on their status quo

The new freshwater regulations are evoking a lot of feelings – everything from concern to outrage – among farmers.

Daily Digest: September 10, 2020

Project to repurpose farm plastic waste

Remember a few years ago when it was announced plastic shopping bags would be phased out?

Daily Digest: September 9, 2020

Massey to investigate spike in lepto cases

 News that cases of leptospirosis are on the rise again is concerning for rural communities.

Rural people make up 75% of cases and while livestock is vaccinated for lepto it’s not universal and there are new strains emerging.

Daily Digest: September 8, 2020

Freight delays a spanner in the works

I spent a few days on the Chatham Islands a couple of years ago.

Farmers there were an innovative bunch. Machinery parts and other things mainlanders take for granted took an age to get there, so they were pretty adept at making do.