Bay home to biosecurity champions

Bay of Plenty’s biosecurity efforts are being hailed a success, with many individuals and organisations walking away winners at a nationwide awards ceremony. Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor has paid tribute to the winners at the...... Read More

’The cutest sheep in the world’ turns heads

A new breed of sheep debuting at the New Zealand Agricultural Show in Christchurch is proving very popular with the crowds. The Swiss Valais Blacknose, which are considered to be the "the cutest sheep in the world," have a black head and...... Read More

Sprout offers accelerator to argitech start-ups

Farm to fork agritech start-ups nationally and internationally are being encouraged to come forward for the next cohort of the Sprout Accelerator. The Sprout Accelerator benefits agritech businesses that have a prototype and existing revenue, but need...... Read More

Orchard death leads to multi-pronged prosecution

The death of kiwifruit sampler Yvonne Rogers in a quad bike accident sent shockwaves through the industry - four companies including Zespri charged with negligence. But only one was convicted, leaving Rogers' daughter feeling frustrated and angry....... Read More

Opening the farm gates in Pyes Pa

When sharemilkers Reece and Tash Cox open up their gates to a sold out crowd on Sunday, their main goal will be to educate the public on the agriculture industry. The Pyes Pa-based farm is participating in Fonterra’s Open Gate scheme. The...... Read More

A step forward in fertiliser technology

Learning to be adaptable in an ever-changing industry is a skill Dave Warren knows well. Over the course of only a matter of months he’s made a change from the traditional method of using a truck to spread fertiliser, to buying and setting up...... Read More

Zespri buy-back applications worth more than $95m

Zespri has made good progress in strengthening alignment and grower ownership and control of the company through a targeted share offer and buy-back programme. The offer closed on 19 October and Zespri has accepted 427 applications to purchase over...... Read More

Hemp seed can now be sold as food

Regional economies are expected to be the biggest winners of rule changes that allow hemp seed to be treated as just another edible seed. “This is great news for the local hemp industry, which has argued for decades that the production of hemp...... Read More

Zespri chairman announces his retirement

Peter McBride, who has chaired the Board of Zespri since 2013, will step down as Chairman of Zespri in February 2019 and will retire as a director of Zespri at the company’s next Annual Meeting in July 2019. The Board of Zespri confirms that...... Read More

Potato virus cannot be eradicated

Potato growers have become resigned to having the so-called "potato mop top" virus remain in their midst. The virus is not a health hazard but it lowers growth in potato plants and so reduces the yield from a crop. Both Potatoes New Zealand...... Read More

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