Govt cash helps push water job

Government investment in Wairarapa water is the funding necessary to unlock economic growth in the region.

FIELDAYS: Dump tradition to get youngsters

Getting young New Zealanders to want a future in the primary industries means upending all of our traditional ways of thinking. Former Massey University vice-chancellor and politician Steve Maharey puts his case.

FARMSTRONG: Looking after yourself comes first

Contract milker Abbi Ayre learnt the hard way that no matter how busy life gets on the farm you still need to look after yourself. 

Abbi and her husband Frikkie work on a 900-cow dairy farm AT Culverden, North Canterbury. 

FIELDAYS: Challenges become opportunities

James Ryan has watched environmental evolution unfold before him.

The manager of the Farm Environment Trust said  farmers viewed environment rules and regulations as compliance 10 years ago but now they are increasingly viewed as a marketing opportunity.

Outdoor access rules review is on

People wanting to play in the outdoors are being invited to have their say on legislation that helps them access recreational spaces.

Waking Access Review reference group chairman Hugh Logan told high country farmers at their Blenheim conference now is the time to speak.

FIELDAYS: Farm biosecurity must stay tight

In the past year the Government’s Biosecurity 2025 initiative has stated to shift the focus of biosecurity onto greater community and social responsibility, pushing it beyond simply being an issue for agencies to deal with on a crisis to crisis basis. But as community awareness in some regions is growing, farmer uptake of biosecurity controls on farms remains a tough ask. Richard Rennie spoke to AgResearch experts on where the challenges lie and what communities are doing to lift the country’s defences.

FIELDAYS: A new era for rural land value

The pricing of farmland is entering an era where cash generation will be a greater determinant than speculation for future capital gain.

With forecasts for primary product prices to stay buoyant for the next five to 10 years the cash generated from those ventures will be the main determinant of land price instead of capital gain, as has been the case for the last few decades, ASB chief economist Nathan Penny says.