Rural News

Budget good news for farmers says Guy

This year's Budget brings good news for farmers, with extra funding for animal welfare and biosecurity, the Primary Industries Minister says.

Canada returns fire on Groser's dairy comments

A Canadian dairy industry analyst said he could not fathom New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser's "aggressive" attack on the sector.

Beefing up biosecurity funding

Extra funding for biosecurity, regional research and agricultural education in the 2015 Budget has been warmly welcomed by rural organisations.

More funding for forestry research

New funding will allow long overdue research into alternatives to radiata pine, the Farm Forestry Association president says.

Kiwifruit growers have 'extraordinary' season

Kiwifruit exporter Zespri says the 2014-15 season was extraordinary, with strong returns for growers, and fruit volumes rising rapidly. (AUDIO)

Plea to promote good farm employers

A rural recruitment specialist says the farming sector should be identifying and celebrating good employers, not naming and shaming the bad ones.

Dairy research plan has funding shortfall

Farmers behind a planned dairy research farm in Southland are hoping they will get the green light to proceed, despite a funding shortfall.

Dairy prices sink further

Prices have fallen again the latest fortnightly global dairy trade auction, but the rate at which they are slipping is beginning to ease. (AUDIO, COMMENTS)

Funding boost to help forestry diversify

The forestry sector has received a funding boost to research other wood products to try to reduce the country's reliance on pine.

Dairy dip means tough year ahead

Farmers say a further dip in international dairy prices leaves them facing a tough year ahead.

Govt gives Nth Canty drought aid

The Government has announced $20,000 to support drought-hit farmers in North Canterbury.

Changes to waste farm livestock rules

A new "locked-gate" policy will soon be coming into force on Taranaki's controversial oil industry waste farms to ensure livestock are not grazed on the land until it is safe. (AUDIO)

Goat's milk could be $1 billion opportunity

A Hawke's Bay business group says producing goat's milk infant formula could be a billion dollar opportunity for the region.

Farmers can challenge swaps offer, says CC

The Commerce Commission says farmers can challenge their bank's compensation offer on interest rate loan swaps.

Farm sales drop slightly

The number of farm sales has fallen slightly in the past year, statistics show.

Interest swaps 'crippled' farmer

A Taranaki woman who lost her farms as a result of interest rate swaps is calling for others to join her fight against the bank that sold them. (COMMENTS)

New organic co-op links farmers, processors

More than 30 organic dairy farmers have signed up to a new co-operative that aims to solve supply and demand problems for both farmers and processors.

Flying sheep raise eyebrows

There are suspicions New Zealand taxpayers are being fleeced amid the news the Government spent $1.5 million flying sheep to a farm in Saudi Arabia.

Toxic swede test results not definitive - MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries says test results showing high toxin levels in herbicide tolerant swedes weren't definitive enough to warrant restricting the sale of the crop.

Some relief for pressured Otago farmers

Though farmers in north Otago are welcoming the rain that is slowly bringing life to grass and winter feed crops, they say there is a way to go before they are out of a green drought.

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