Only two regions disease-free

37 farms have been confirmed as infected with Mycoplasma bovis by the Ministry for Primary Industries — eight in the North Island and 29 in the South.

The delegation from NZ Agritech visiting Silicon Valley.

New Zealand companies aren’t bold enough when taking innovation overseas, says Callaghan agritech innovation expert Nicky Malloy.

 
 
 
Forestry minister Shane Jones.

Shane Jones’ one billion trees planting project is not ambitious enough, says the Productivity Commission.

Zespri’s stand at Asia Fruit Logistica. Photo: Horticulture NZ.

Fewer tyre kickers than previously and people there to do real business was one of the observations made at Asia Fruit Logistica, says Horticulture NZ acting chief executive Richard Palmer.

Now into its 10th year, the New Zealand Winegrower Grape Days have become a benchmark in information transfer.

Exciting new technology is now available to lure consumers to buy products, and a university high-tech researcher says New Zealand should take advantage of this.

Water vapour is responsible for at least 70% of the ‘greenhouse effect’, while methane and nitrous oxide — New Zealand’s supposedly ‘nasty’ emissions – are “virtually irrelevant” as contributors to any global warming effect.

A billion-dollar drop in Fonterra’s fortunes leaves the co-op vulnerable to increasing competition, says Federated Farmers Dairy president Chris Lewis.

Ag Minister Damien O’Connor told the International Conference on Agricultural GHG Emissions and Food Security, held in Berlin last week, that NZ is spending large on R&D to identify options to reduce agricultural emissions.

Federated Farmers president Katie Milne is encouraging farmers to get involved in Fish & Game NZ because it has been saying a lot of “interesting things” about farming.

 

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