Rural headlines with summaries.
More than 50 percent of Fonterra Shareholders voted yesterday to reduce the number of directors from nine to six, falling short of the 75 percent needed to pass the resolution.
The construction price of the proposed Ruataniwha Dam is financially viable, according to the Hawke's Bay Regional Council's investment company HBRIC, but it will not reveal the details.
Napier Port has opened a new administration building this week and says an increase in agricultural exports going through the port is helping drive its growth and development.
Independent Hearing Commissioners appointed by Environment Canterbury have rejected a proposal to take water from a North Canterbury stream for irrigation and power generation.
Fonterra and Greenpeace will meet next week to discuss concerns about palm kernel expeller and major fires in Indonesia.
The company running Canterbury's Opuha Dam is hoping early irrigation restrictions will keep supply going until the end of March.
The stock destroying pasture pest Chilean needle grass is beginning to raise its head and farmers are being advised to keep an eye out.
Animal rights activists opposing plans to build one of the country's biggest caged chicken farms in South Auckland have staged a protest outside the Environment Court.
Early irrigation restrictions have helped South Canterbury's Opuha Dam reach 80 percent of its capacity.
Evidence of a dry El Nino summer is beginning to be seen in Canterbury, and has farmers worried.
Fonterra shareholders have re-elected chairman John Wilson and Director Nicola Shadbolt to the board. They will be joined by new director Ashley Waugh.
The Green Party is calling for an urgent EPA review of the pesticides known as neoneonicotinoids.
Experience confirms two recent reports showing huge benefits from the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme to employers and workers, the Rural Contractors Association says.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership has dominated media recently, but a Lincoln University expert says an equally significant trade-related development has gone largely unnoticed.
Antibiotics for livestock are likely to be replaced with various vaccines by about 2030, and the value of New Zealand meat exports will grow because of the switch.
A Manawatu farmer has been fined $33,000 after 120 sheep died from intestinal parasites.
Fonterra is concerned about meeting customer demands throughout the rest of the season amid falling milk production.
Veterinarians urge farmers to work with them to preserve the effectiveness of the medicines for animal health and wellness.
For the first time the prestigious Lincoln University Foundation's South Island Farmer of the Year competition has been awarded to two entrants.
International buyers don't believe New Zealand's milk supply is falling and that was keeping demand weak, says a global dairy expert.