Beekeepers see a sting in levy tail

Apiculture New Zealand is defending its conduct and support for a beekeeping commodity levy as it faces opposition to the proposal from NZ Beekeeping.

NZ Beekeeping has accused Apiculture NZ of incompetence in planning the levy referendum that has just kicked off and is open till March 1.

Gin makers chase aromatic magic

Distilling spirits has been identified as an area with export growth potential for New Zealand. Now gin makers are on a nationwide hunt for juniper plants with special character to help make drinks with unique kiwi flavours. Richard Rennie spoke to one of the pioneers.

Change to have little impact

Farmers in the upper Waikato catchment are welcoming news one of the district’s largest land owners will have to publicly notify its plans to increase dairying land. 

FARMSTRONG: Getting an off-farm life vital

Moving away from friends and family can be challenging for people starting a career in farming. Dairy farm manager Cheyenne Wilson passes on her tips for dealing with isolation. 

Farmer takes to people industry

Peel back to 1988 and Rodger Letham is scrambling to establish himself in real estate after selling the family’s sheep and crop farm.

It’s green but maybe not for long

It might be the middle of summer but most of the country is still under an open fire season though Fire and Emergency is warning abundant vegetation growth could very quickly become potential fire fuel.

Stepping up to genetics plate

Waikaretu Valley sheep and beef farmer Kate Broadbent is committed to improving the odds for New Zealand sheep farmers against natural hazards. Luke Chivers reports. 

US adventure for TeenAg members

Southland Girls’ High School has produced two of the six students selected for the trip of a lifetime to the United States.

Sarah Humphries, 17, and Kayla Calder, 16, have both been chosen to attend the 4-H Congress in Bozeman, Montana in July.

Vineyard values squeeze returns

Higher vineyard prices in Marlborough have started to erode cash returns to less comfortable levels again.