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As winter weather and heavy rain sets in, rural communities are being reminded to keep grazing stock off stopbanks to ensure the built embankments can perform their function. Bay of Plenty Regional Council is asking farmers to keep grazing stock off stopbanks. The...

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Rapidly increasing gold kiwifruit volumes will mean falling per tray return for growers, warns Zespri CEO Lain Jager. Lain told growers at yesterday's Zespri AGM at Baycourt that low volumes were driving average gold returns to a record $12.91 a...

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Both the kiwifruit industry and the unemployed in the Bay of Plenty look set to benefit from a new government initiative. New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated is welcoming the Government's plans to get more Kiwis into seasonal work, and its...

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The Bay of Plenty has recorded the largest increase in rural property sales across the country for the three months ended June 2014. Farm sales registered record prices in June. The Real Estate Institute of NZ is reporting very solid sales activity...

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Waihi dairy farmers Roger and Erin Madsen feature on Fonterra's latest instalment of its Farm Focus YouTube series showcasing responsible dairying initiatives taking place on New Zealand dairy farms. Since taking over the family farm 24 years ago,...

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Bay of Plenty farmers ravaged by floods 10 years ago are aiding their northland counterparts by sending much-needed feed to flood-ravaged areas. About 90 per cent of Northland farmers' pasture has been left unusable due to the heavy rain and flooding...

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They're not what you'd expect to see flying off the shelves at a Saturday market, but Sue Boyd's bags of weeds are doing just that. Sue Boyd with her in-demand bags of weeds. Photo: Tracy Hardy. Sue stumbled upon the nutritious benefits...

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The founding director of Zespri is stepping down from the board after 15 years' service to the kiwifruit industry. Craig Greenlees will not seek re-election as a grower-director at Zespri's annual general meeting in Tauranga on Wednesday,...

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 The high regard and affection in which Neil Turner is held was clearly demonstrated when hundreds of people braved torrential rain and cold to attend his funeral on the family's farm on Saturday. Due to begin at 11am, the service was delayed...

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Continuing wet weather is delaying pruning and increasing concerns that the vine disease Psa-V may become more evident again this spring, says Neil Trebilco- president of NZ Kiwifruit Growers Inc. “Ideally grower should not prune their orchards...

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