FIELDAYS: 10 agritech start-ups to watch


BioLumic UV technology delivers ultraviolet light to seeds and seedlings triggering biological mechanisms to increase plant growth, vigour and yields. Clean, green and GM free.

FIELDAYS: Bright outlook despite challenges

New Zealand agriculture is moving into a new era where consumers are more discerning, more demanding and we have more competitors with similar products, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says.

FIELDAYS: A food and fibre vision

It’s an extraordinary time to be a farmer in New Zealand. On the one hand returns have been strong across most sectors and the demand outlook continues to look good for the foreseeable future.

Upton backs farmers’ gas worries

Farmers should be able to use forests to offset methane and nitrous oxide emissions, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton says.

And he says fossil fuel emitters should not be allowed to use forest to offset their gas.

Quake farmers back to normal

Clarence Valley farmers say there are lessons to be learned following the Kaikoura earthquake that geologists claim is the biggest land uplift ever recorded in the world.

November 14, 2016, is well remembered in the Clarence Valley farming community as the day a 7.8 earthquake transformed their land.

Farm replacing beef with koura

A maori farming partnership near Lake Taupo, which began to diversify 10 years to lower nitrogen impact, is experiencing wide-ranging benefits and opportunities.

Pasture is key to worm control

The biggest threat from intestinal worms is the hidden drop in income from sub-clinical losses and consequent slower growth, PGG Wrightson animal health technical expert Andrew Dowling told a Wormwise seminar.

Commitment to farmers wins

Farmers Weekly has been named the best trade and specialist publication and website in the land.

It beat the other finalists, Air New Zealand’s Kia Ora, NZ Doctor and 1972 from the Spinoff to take the award.

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.