Rural News

Organic experts fight brown beetles

The brown beetle is a serious vineyard pest - and experts are trying to fight it.

Organic experts at Lincoln University's Bio-Protection Research Centre are trying to trick, trap and leave a foul taste in the mouth of a serious vineyard pest - the brown beetle.

Forestry workers condemn road delays

Work begins to clear a slip on Mangakahia Road in Northland.

Forestry contractors in storm-battered Northland say road closures and detours are causing heavy financial losses and that their plight is being ignored.

Farmers want more seasonal workers

The CTU says moves to change minimum wage rules will penalise farm workers.

Agricultural contractors are calling for their own version of the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme used by orchards and vineyards.

NZ olive oils win gold at Los Angeles

Eight New Zealand olive oil producers have won gold in Los Angeles.

New Zealand has made an impressive showing at one of the world's leading olive oil competitions, with eight producers winning 13 gold medals between them.

Lincoln science hub on tight timetable

The hub will bring together more than 5000 people including up to 900 scientists working on land-based and environmental research, as well as academic staff and students.

Planners of the proposed Lincoln Science Hub in Canterbury will be on a tight timetable to get it ready. The hub is to be used by 5000 people including 900 scientists.

Demand for grazing from dairy growth

Dairy cow

The number of dairy farms selling has fallen in the past three months but demand remains high for grazing properties, mostly driven by dairy expansion, the Real Estate Institute says.

Bank predicts meat industry revival

New Zealand's biggest rural lender says there are signs the meat industry is heading for a revival. The ANZ bases this on a survey of nearly 800 farmers.

Farmers want action on interest rates

farmer on quad bike

Federated Farmers' latest confidence survey suggests farmers want the Reserve Bank and the Government do more to curb interest rate increases and reduce the overvalued exchange rate.

Seasonal worker scheme expanded

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The horticulture industry is welcoming an increase in the number of overseas seasonal workers who will be allowed into New Zealand, mostly from the Pacific Islands.

Call for councils to enforce burn bans

Feeding containers being put in the Agrecovery mobile processing truck.

There's been a call for local councils to follow Canterbury's lead in enforcing burning bans which have been credited with a surge in the collection of agri-chemical containers.

Storm's impact felt for years, says vet

Hikurangi Swamp is one of the hardest hit areas in Northland.

A Northland vet working in storm-hit Hikurangi Swamp area says some flooded farms won't be able to carry stock for months and that the impact will last for years.

China trade dominates mutton exports

sheep and dollars.

The growing influence of China has shown up in mutton exports. Statistics from Beef and Lamb New Zealand show shipments increased by 17 percent over the first nine months of the export season.

Dairy NZ holds post-storm workshops

Flooding near Moerewa on Saturday night.

The dairy industry believes 20,000 cows have been severely affected by the Northland storm and floods and it's organising workshops there this week to try to help dairy farmers cope.

Pork industry signs biosecurity deal


The pork industry has signed a new biosecurity agreement with the Government, under which it gets more say and it shares the costs.

MIE not convinced by bank survey

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The Meat Industry Excellence farmer group campaigning for reform of the sector is not convinced by a prediction the red meat industry could be heading for a revival.

Dairy farm sales down

Farm sales have eased off a bit, particularly for dairy farms, but they are still ahead of this time last year.

Farmers may challenge dam appeal

The proposed Ruataniwha dam site.

The national farming lobby group is weighing up legal options following an appeal being filed that challenges the Hawke's Bay's Ruataniwha dam getting the go-ahead.

Farmers 'interested' in water scheme

The site of the proposed dam.

The company driving the proposed Ruataniwha water storage scheme says the Board of Inquiry's final decision has created a workable consent and farmers are eager to sign up to take water.