Rural News

Scientists work to stamp out fruit fly

Scientists in New Zealand are working with their Australian counterparts to discover ways to stamp out the Queensland fruit fly population.

Farmers call for bigger Fonterra payout

Dairy farmers think Fonterra should be increasing its dividend this season, especially in view of the low milk price.

New partnership to make NZ pest free

The dairy industry is joining forces with environmental groups to build on work already underway to make New Zealand pest free.

Dairy NZ joins river restoration strategy project

Meanwhile, the dairy industry body, Dairy NZ has joined with other groups to help restore water quality in the Waikato River.

BOP farmers improve effluent compliance

Bay of Plenty farmers are doing better at complying with dairy effluent rules, the Regional Council says.

Farmers making cuts to survive drought

A South Canterbury farmer who's just lost access to irrigation water faces the prospect now of having to sell off more stock to survive the drought.

New forest safety council formed

The forest industry has taken another step in implementing recommendations from last year's forest safety review.

Positive feedback to safety campaign

Farmers are responding positively to a Government safety programme according to leaders in the agricultural community.

Scientists assess thistle control

Scientists are assessing the effectiveness of a tiny green beetle in helping control one of the country's worst pasture weeds.

Farmers urged to prepare for worst

Farmers in drought-stricken areas are being urged to prepare stock feed plans with a worst case scenario in mind.

More water storage in works for Canterbury

A new 30-million cubic metre water storage pond could be on the cards for mid-Canterbury.

PGG Wrightson posts outstanding half-year result

The rural services company has posted its strongest half-year result in seven years.

Opuha dam to stop water supply

Irrigation from the Opuha dam in South Canterbury will be turned off this evening for the first time in its 17 years of operation as a result of the drought.

Palm kernel extract supply tightens

As more and more drought-stricken farmers turn to supplementary feed, supply for palm kernel extract is beginning to tighten.

South Island drought continues

Despite some rain over the past day, conditions in the officially recognised drought areas in the South Island remain stressed.

Big dry good news for big reds

While farmers struggle to cope with dry conditions on much of the eastern side of the country, it has the makings of a classic year for red wines.

Drought keeps grain prices high

The South Island drought has brought mixed blessings for growers in the country's main grain region, Canterbury.

Northland growers keep wary eye on fruit fly find

Growers in Northland are hoping the Ministry for Primary Industries has successfully restricted the Queensland fruit fly infestation in Auckland.

Funding boost for food research

Three new food research programmes between New Zealand and Japanese institutes have been given the go-ahead.

Greenhouse gas emissions claims rejected

The Government has rejected forest owners' claims that New Zealand is going to miss its greenhouse gas reduction targets.