WNZ chair James Parsons believes the strong vote backs the decision to consolidate the sector and better link the supply chain from the grower through to the consumer.

Woolgrowers have almost unanimously voted in favour of the proposed merger of Wools of NZ (WNZ) and Primary Wool Co-operative- owned CP Wool (CPW).

The Terra range of fertilisers induces signalling to the crop to take up more of the 70% of applied nitrogen that is normally unavailable to the crop in traditional fertilisers.

While the annual Irish Ploughing Championships (The Ploughing), normally held in September, has been cancelled for the second time because of Covid, one key aspect of the event  - innovation awards - has taken place remotely.

Maddy and Andrew McLean with children Olivia and Oscar, alongside ANZ relationship manager Henry Tietjen (left).

With the critical role women play on farms around the world recently recognised by this year's International Day of Rural Women on October 15, Hawke's Bay farmer Maddy McLean reflects on how the traditional role of women in agriculture has evolved.

Andrew McGiven believes most shareholders will back Fonterra selling its remaining overseas milk pools.

Fonterra's plan to return $1 billion to shareholders in three years through the divestments of overseas milk pools is the right move, according to Waikato farmer Andrew McGiven.

Prices boom on sluggish growth

Dairy

Global commodity prices have enjoyed a period of strength in September. Overall, the global market fundamentals remain well-balanced, but with several moving parts.

Former Foundation of Arable Research (FAR) chief executive Nick Pyke is chair of the AGMARDT Board of Trustees.

Over the last two and a half years, Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has worked on a project to improve the freshwater health catchment groups from across the country, with help from the Ministry for Environment's (MfE) Freshwater Improvement Fund. One of these groups is the Thomson's Creek Catchment Group in Central Otago.

The Hurunui Waiau Uwha Zone Committee (HWUZC), North Canterbury recently visited a landmark restoration project established ten years ago to learn about biodiversity improvements gained through fencing and weed control.

Establishing a collective voice and providing an opportunity for the North Canterbury community to have a say on freshwater are some of the reasons behind the formation of the Sefton Saltwater Creek Catchment Group which celebrates its first anniversary this month.

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