Rural News

Dam decision gives farmers certainty

The site of the proposed Ruataniwha Dam.

An agricultural consultant says the Board of Inquiry's decision on the Ruataniwha dam will give farmers business certainty if it does go ahead.

Rain watch in dry north

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Farmers in drought-stricken parts of Northland are hoping forecast rain on Wednesday will bring some much-needed relief.

Kiwi on the farm

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Kiwi are now a common sight on a farm near Kaipara thanks to the dedication of a local farmer and his family to a restoration project in the area.

Latest farming fund grants allocated

Projects from water quality in the Opihi catchment to the diversification of the forestry industry are set to gain from the latest round in the Sustainable Farming Fund.

Domestic struggle for chesnut growers

The fickle nature of overseas markets is haunting this country's struggling chestnut industry. The Chestnut Council says the domestic market has been difficult to crack because chestnuts are not a...

Trees becoming carbon source - assoc

forest near Lake Taupo

Forestry is moving from being a carbon sink to a carbon source as trees planted in the 1990s start being harvested.

China 'misled' about breast feeding

baby with bottle

An organisation representing many of New Zealand's infant formula producers believes Chinese mothers are being misled by sellers of the formula.

Best young vegetable grower named

The top young vegetable grower in the country has been found and he's an assistant crop manager from Pukekawa.

UN issues banana disease warning

The United Nations food organisation is warning that if countries that grow bananas do not act decisively to combat a deadly fungal disease, the world's eighth most important food crop could face massive destruction.

Confidence farmers will sign up to dam water

The site of the proposed dam.

A farmer in central Hawke's Bay says locals are excited the Ruataniwha dam has been given resource consents.

Manawatu River becoming cleaner

The Manawatu River.

A cross-sector group that is working towards cleaning up the Manawatu River says its efforts are starting to have an impact.

Rural school buses 'need' more mirrors

A rural school bus on a country road at Mahurangi West, North Auckland.

Lobby group Rural Women New Zealand says all country school buses should have more mirrors fitted on them following a coroner's report into the death of a five-year-old boy.

Push for AgResearch no-confidence vote

Otago and Southland sheep breeders are trying to muster support for a vote of no confidence in AgResearch's management.

NZ to look at pinus radiata alternative

The Government is to put money into a research project which aims to diversify New Zealand's forestry and reduce its reliance on pinus radiata.

ASB predicts fall in dairy prices

Jersey cows in a herringbone milking shed in Huntly.

A bank is predicting Fonterra's forecast payout will drop this season by about 15 cents due to falling global dairy prices.

Booming lamb exports to China

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China's hunger for New Zealand lamb shows no sign of subsiding as March figures show a new record volume of lamb exports to the country.

Progress expected in Japan trade talks

Tim Groser.

Trade Minister Tim Groser is confident agricultural trade negotiations with Japan will progress when the US president heads to Tokyo this month to further Trans Pacific Partnership talks.

Saudi minister visits Massey university

Saudi Arabia's move to secure food supply from abroad was part of the reason its agriculture minister toured Massey University this week.