Rural business contest opens

Rural Women is looking for enterprising people to enter its annual business awards.

Women who run their own rural businesses can showcase their innovative rural enterprise and gain recognition for their success.

Farmer's Voice: Maddo Taylor

Craig caught up with young auctioneer Maddo Taylor at the annual weaner fair in Kurow and found out why he made his career choice.

Sound study makes water music

Some avid gardeners swear playing music to plants helps accelerate their growth. Now researchers in Canterbury have found directing sound signals at soil could ultimately help improve its health, reduce nutrient losses and save farmers money. 

Health claims will sell goods

Promoting New Zealand’s horticulture and agriculture sectors as low-input, extensive, often grass-fed sources of food has become a leverage point for the industry, particularly red meat and dairy. But Nuffield scholar and business development manager Andy Elliot challenges it as an aspirational Aotearoa story. He wants to look harder at how products can earn more value through understanding consumers’ dietary and nutritional needs. He spoke to Richard Rennie.

Report bleak on drug resistance

A report to the United Nations paints an alarming picture of rapidly emerging antimicrobial drug resistance with agriculture among industries being called on to invest more in developing alternative treatments and to collaborate with the human health sector.

Environmental honours come together

Eleven regional supreme winners in the Ballance Farm Environment Awards series for 2019 will be judged in May to find the national winner.

The Gordon Stephenson Trophy will be awarded to the national winners at the National Sustainability Showcase to be held in Hamilton on June 6.

Wine talks turn sour

Wine producers are the latest primary industry group to throw European Union demands over so-called Geographic Indications back in the faces of their trade negotiators.

In trade talks with New Zealand the EU wants recognition and protection for 1760 wine names associated with European place names.

More farming families to be honoured

Forty farming families will be honoured for their farming achievements at the New Zealand Century Farm and Station Awards next month.

Hosted in Lawrence, Central Otago, where the awards were initiated, the 15th annual event will this year recognise seven families who have been faming their own land for more than 150 years.

Crickets fans out for dukka

Skye Blackburn confidently says she’s the only person in the world with university degrees in entomology and food science.

The combination, which stemmed from a love of bugs and food, was totally unplanned but fortuitously led to the creation in 2007 of Australia’s first edible bug shop.

Queen guardian happy with title

Manuka honey’s soaring values two years ago drew more interest and attention to beekeeping than the quiet, almost gentlemanly practice has ever been accustomed to.