Rural News

Forest industry sees start of log price recovery

Ports of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns said log volumes grew in the first month of the year.

The forest industry thinks it is seeing the start of a recovery in the export log market. Prices slumped earlier this year when a glut of logs built up in the main market China.

Edible fungi may have export potential

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Scientists researching the cultivation and commercialisation of two edible fungi believe it could be the start of a lucrative gourmet export market for this country.

Scientist warns of soil biodiversity loss

Stephen Nortcliff said there had been a massive loss of biodiversity across the globe thanks to human intervention.

The scientist responsible for making next year the United Nations International Year of Soils says far too little is known about the microscopic life forms which are critical to healthy soil.

Farmer-owned wool co-op on agenda

The Primary Wool Co-operative will take a 5 percent stage in Wool Equities if shareholders agree.

A single, farmer-owned wool operation is still on the agenda for the Primary Wool Co-operative. The co-operative will take a 5 percent stake in Wool Equities, if shareholders agree.

Flooded farmers coping - Fed Farmers

Flooding at Pipiwai, Northland.

Northland farmers are generally coping, despite some of them being flooded three times in a month, a farming leader says. The weekend downpours caused further flooding.

Danone cleared to buy NZ formula firm

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French food company Danone has been cleared by the Overseas Investment Office to buy New Zealand infant formula manufacturer Sutton Group.

Northland farmers in clean-up mode

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

Farmers in many parts of Northland are again facing a cleanup after heavy rain over the weekend.

Wool deal could have spin-offs

Primary Wool Co-operative is to take a 5 percent stake in the investment company, Wool Equities.

An agreement between two farmer-owned wool companies is the first step for them towards greater consolidation of the wool industry.

National promise to fund tree planting

An aerial view of Kaingaroa Forest and surrounding farmland.

National's promise of more funding to encourage tree planting will not be enough to halt the decline in forestry planting, forest owners say.

Rural trust assesses flood damage

Northland Rural Support Trust will have a clearer idea today of the extent of damage and disruption from weekend's downpours, co-ordinator Julie Jonker says.

Wool companies edge towards possible merger

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Two farmer-owned wool companies have taken the first step towards what could eventually become a merger. The Primary Wool Co-operative is to take a 5% stake in Wool Equities.

NZ wine industry looking strong

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The NZ Winegrowers CEO says the industry is looking strong despite a year of challenging weather. More than 500 people attended the annual winegrowers' national conference this week.

Beef and Lamb critical of US report

Beef and Lamb New Zealand general manager of market access Ben O'Brien.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand is critical of an international report which highlights the pressures increasing meat production has on land and water resources.

Landcorp to boost Manuka honey trials

Landcorp plans to boost Field trials aimed at increasing production of manuka honey.

Field trials aimed at increasing production of high value, medical grade manuka honey are getting a boost from state owned farming enterprise Landcorp.

Vidal Legacy Chardonnay takes award

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A Hawke's Bay Chardonnay - The 2012 Vidal Legacy Chardonnay produced at Keltern Vineyard - has been named as the champion wine at this year's Romeo Bragato Wine Awards.

Wool prices consolidate after last week's fall

Wool prices have consolidated this week.

Wool prices have consolidated at this week's auction, as buyers compete for the limited supplies available.

'Major milestone' for Synlait plant

Synlait has said it will package infant milk formula for other markets while it waits for registration for China.

Canterbury dairy company Synlait Milk has the official clearance it needs to start using its new $28 million dry blending and consumer packaging plant.

'Hell of a drop' for West Coast farmers

Milk separator equipment at a dairy factory.

West Coast dairy farmers have been warned to prepare for some serious belt-tightening after Westland Milk Products cut its forecast milk payout.