Rural recognition lacking

Agriculture barely rated a mention in the New Year Honours, with only one farmer recognised.

Livestock slaughtered in fires’ wake

Fires continuing to ravage Victoria and New South Wales have claimed hundreds of thousands of livestock Australian farmers might struggle to recoup in coming years.

Feed supply will be gone by autumn

Australian farmers face an impending feed shortage as fires continue, with prospects the supplementary feed cupboard will be bare by March.

Kiwi break for Aussie farmers

The men who organised a Facebook campaign to give embattled Australian farmers a break in New Zealand from fire and drought stress are starting to wrestle with the logistics of their popular gesture.

Otago starts rural health drive

Three Otago academic and health organisations are banding together to improve training opportunities for rural health professionals, which could make careers in rural communities more attractive.

Remote island farm on market

A long-held family property on Great Barrier Island offers the chance to own the last piece of land before Chile.

Students push rural health work

Nursing students joined medical students late last year on a tour designed to promote rural health careers to pupils in rural schools.

Sticky wicket for honey producers

Honey producers face a season of lean returns as prices plunge to well below break-even, leaving some having to decide if this year’s crop is even worth harvesting.

LAND CHAMPION: Well placed to meet demand

At the end of the year Mike Petersen is stepping down as New Zealand’s special agricultural trade envoy. He spoke to Colin Williscroft about his time in the job and what the future might hold for farmers and growers.

LAND CHAMPION: It’s hard to find time to retire

Federated Farmers high country champion Bob Douglas has contributed to the smooth running of South Island high country farming businesses for 25 years but next year his visits to the back of beyond will be as a tourist. He talked to Annette Scott about his high country office.